Chances are, if you’re a guest at Eagle Trace Resort Orlando, someone in your group of family and friends loves golf. After all, you’re here because you have access to the only place in the world where you can play three signature golf courses designed by three golf legends — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.
If you’ve dreamed of sharing your love of the sport with your children or partner, there’s no better time than now, when professional golf is in full swing with its major tournaments. At Eagle Trace Resort Orlando, we have everything you and your family need to immerse yourself in the excitement of learning to golf, including:
- Driving range: Practice teeing off and see how far you each can drive the ball.
- Putting green: Try chipping and putting from different angles for as long as you’d like.
- Miniature golf: Challenge your group on our new putting course!
- Golf carts: Ride along and learn the game by watching or participating.
- Pro shop: Get the latest golf gear or your tee time and foursome set up.
- Traditions Restaurant: Relax at our 19th hole, where you can share a bite with fellow golfers and watch the upcoming major tournaments.
It’s never too early to get children interested in golf, and a vacation is the perfect time to introduce the game. Those who love the sport can make a lasting impression on children. Take, for example:
- Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at 8 years old! His father started teaching him the game when he was 2.
- Phil Mickelson is right-handed but golfs with his left. Why? He started playing at a young age and mirrored his dad’s golf swing. His father was left-handed.
- Orlando’s PNC Tournament is an opportunity for major winners’ kids to get a taste of elite golf. Only 20 two-player teams take part, and one member must have won a major or The Players. The week also allows the kids to interact with other tour greats and their families.
- At the Masters Tournament, a beloved tradition is the par-3 contest held before competition begins. Spouses, partners, and children dress up as caddies and help their professional golfer compete against the other dads.
PGA Championship Dates: May 19 - 22
History: Conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the PGA Championship is the only one of the four majors that is exclusively for professional players. It is now played each year on the weekend before Memorial Day. The winner takes home the large Wanamaker Trophy for a year and a money prize.
In the news: Although Scottie Scheffler had his first major win at The Masters and is the No. 1 player in the world, he’s not predicted to win the PGA Championship. Jon Rahm, who is ranked third, is the favorite going into the event at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
U.S. Open Dates: June 16 - 19
History: Staged by the United States Golf Association in mid-June, the U.S. Open is held at challenging courses where the emphasis is on accurate driving for best scores. This year, the tournament is located at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The U.S. Open awards the largest purse of all four major championships.
In the news: The Country Club will feature new routes among its three nine-hole courses for the U.S. Open. Most notably, a renovated par-3 hole on the main course that was recently renovated by architect Gil Hanse will be added to the routing for the first time.
Open Championship Dates: July 14 - 17
History: The Open Championship, also referred to as the British Open, takes place this year on the Old Course at St. Andrews Links in St. Andrews, Scotland. Celebrating its 150th year, it is the oldest major and it is always played on a coastal links golf course. Links golf is often described as the purest form of golf and is the way the game originated in Scotland in the 15th century. The terrain is open, often without any trees, and is shaped by nature rather than manmade. The winner captures the Claret Jug and prize money.
In the news: A spectacular light and sound projection show was beamed on to the iconic R&A Clubhouse at St. Andrews in late March as the countdown to the 150th Open continues. The R&A Celebration of Light, which highlighted moments from the Championship’s history, was narrated by actor and golf fan Gerard Butler and attended by residents of St. Andrews.
Masters Tournament Dates: April 7 - 10, 2022
History: The Masters Tournament is played annually during the first full week in April at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Established in 1934, this four-day tournament hosts the smallest field in major championship golf events. The winner has the honor of wearing the coveted green jacket, as well as earning a solid place in golf history and taking home a cash prize.
In the news: The 2022 Masters was won by Scottie Scheffler, a 25-year-old American. It was his first major championship title, finishing at 10 under par for the tournament. Tiger Woods made the cut for The Masters, which was his return to major championship golf after suffering multiple fractions to his right leg and injuries to his foot and ankle in a 2021 car crash. He placed 47th.
If you want your child to love golf as much as you do, start now. There’s no better time than during the majors to build on the excitement of the sport and no better place than Eagle Trace Resort Orlando, where your residence overlooks one of our signature courses and is just steps away from all our golf facilities.