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Golf Vacations for Teens

Scott Smith Teenager Golfing

Photo: Scott Smith

As any golfer who has children knows, balancing family duties and your desire to tee it up is no small challenge. Early on, you search for any excuse to go hit some balls on the range, much less play a round. But when your kids grow up and start to reach for clubs of their own, the joy of the game acquires new meaning. To take the pleasure of sharing a round with your son or daughter to yet another level, a parent-child getaway is just the ticket. If your child is addicted to golf, plan a trip to Scotland or Ireland and play every day. But if he or she is like most adolescents, consider a visit to one of the following destinations, where there are also plenty of off-course activities to keep child, and parent, in a state of bliss.

Cleveland, Ohio

The Place This industrial city can no longer be dismissively called the "mistake by the lake." Cleveland is enjoying a resurgence centered on the arts, a retro downtown ballpark, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and NBA star LeBron James.

Fun Things

Cedar Point Amusement Park 419-627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com. Located an hour west of downtown Cleveland, Cedar Point has sixteen (!) roller coasters and a seventeenth scheduled to open in early May, making it one of the largest thrill-ride parks in the world.

Jacobs Field cleveland.indians.mlb.com. The Jake, one of the first old-style parks to bring baseball back to downtown America, is a great place to take in a game.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 216-781-7625, www.rockhall.com. Spend a day checking out the outstanding collection of memorabilia. It's a rock fan's dream.

The Golf

Avalon Lakes Golf Course 330-856-8898, www.avalonlakes.com; $135. This Pete Dye stunner underwent a renovation a few years ago that turned it from a flat pancake into a rollicking ride.

Little Mountain Country Club 440-358-7888, www.lmccgolf.com; $81. A rolling, woodland beauty, this recent Hurdzan/Fry design has quickly become one of Ohio's best public courses.

Staying

Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland 216-623-1300, www.ritzcarlton.com; from $199 a night. One of the city's top hotels, the Ritz has a twenty-four-hour fitness center and is within walking distance of Jacobs Field and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dining

Heck's Café (Bistro) 216-861-5464. This award-winning spot makes a strong case for having the best burgers in town. Johnny's Bar on Fulton (Italian) 216-281-0055. Enjoy mammoth portions of pasta at this old-time restaurant.

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