Grazing on the Green

Nutritious pointers for keeping up with Dad on the course this Father’s Day

In terms of season, Father’s Day couldn’t come at a better time. Falling on the third Sunday of June, the annual holiday coincides with the start of summer, warmer temperatures and a leisurely state of mind. Anyone who loves to golf—dads included—will recognize these as the prime ingredients for a day on the greens.

With its panoramic ocean views and 9-hole, par 3 course, The Links at Terranea is understandably a popular destination for fathers and families this time of year. Designed to appeal to golfers of every level, it’s ideal for both competitive and casual gatherings.

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“Not only do we not have any water on the course, but we also offer a few sets of tee boxes that make the course shorter and easier for the less experienced golfers,” says Stu Black, PGA professional and golf operations manager.

And in addition to great golfing, guests also get the added benefit of the resort’s many amenities right at their fingertips. “Not only can you come out for a round of golf and spend some quality time with your dad and grandpa while golfing, but with the restaurant options you can have the rest of the family, if they are not already with you, join you for brunch, lunch or dinner at one of our spectacular dining outlets,” shares Stu. “Father’s Day spent at Terranea is a day that you will always remember.”

To help hold on to those wonderful memories, it’s important that golfers keep both mind and body healthy on the course. Here are a few tips for keeping up both your game and stamina each outing.

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1. Hydrate. This is probably #1 when it comes to golf health. Although the sport moves at a slower pace than others, it’s still critical to keep the body flushed with H20 for the length of the game. We suggest grabbing a Swell bottle at pointe discovery—Terranea’s adventure and activities boutique—and keeping it filled with refreshing water the entire round. Remember to intake enough during your pre-game meal and continue to sip some on every tee, especially if it’s a hot day. When you sweat you lose the electrolytes that keep your brain and body functioning, so replenish the source as much as possible. And while you’re at pointe discovery, grab a hat and some sunscreen to keep your skin protected while outdoors.

2. Eat wisely. Golfers are athletes and require nutritional support to keep them fueled and fit. Healthy fare, like vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables and protein-heavy eggs and meats, make for a breakfast of champions. Try to avoid empty carbs like pancakes and cereals, and stick to beneficial ones like potatoes and whole grains paired with your protein. Luckily, venues like catalina kitchen at the resort offer a lengthy list of healthy menu options to satisfy both your hunger and nourishment. If you’re pressed for time, consider a quick stop at sea beans, where you’ll find a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks (almonds!) to get you through the day.

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3. Treat yourself. While we recommend health and wellness on the course, it’s also important to celebrate appropriately once the scores are tallied and the clubs are packed. Take your dad to a fine dinner accompanied by excellent wine at mar’sel, or just keep it casual and raise a beer at Nelson’s and watch the sun set over the Pacific. If you’re feeling really generous, take pops to The Spa at Terranea and let him work off some steam with a well-deserved massage and some pool time after. It’s Father’s Day, and quality time spent together is the greatest gift of all.