We wanted to spend a few days away as a family with our kids ages 11, 14, & 17 and The Flying L turned out to be a perfect choice for us. We had stayed with them about 10 years ago so we had a general idea what to expct. We were not disappointed and I am a bit perplexed at some of things mentioned in the more negative reviews here on trip advisor.
Accommodations: we had a 4 bedroom villa with 2 living areas and a full kitchen and we were very pleased with it. The resort has been in business for decades so the villas are older but I was happy to find everything was clean and the colors and fixtures inside were updated. I liked that it had tile and laminate flooring throughout. Housekeeping came by mid morning each day. We were all there each time they came so at our request, we just did a quick exchange of towels, having them drop off extra bathroom supplies, and emptying the trash.
Food: The food was ok and plentiful, served buffet style at breakfast and dinner. There were some hits and misses that come with trying to keep food fresh on a buffet. Because there were always many choices, we never had any trouble finding something we liked. Made to order omelettes every morning were always really good
Golf: the golfers in our group said the course was in good shape and not crowded. They had no difficulty getting tee times when they wanted. Green fees are very reasonable.
Waterpark & Mini Golf: The park is great with a small lazy river & wave pool, large slide, childrens splash area, and volleyball. We found that this park is open to the public and there are 1/2 price specials on certain days. The park was very crowded on the first day of our stay and I was irritated because it was difficult to even find a single lounge chair when I arrived at 11:30am. The other day we were there, the water park was an absolute delight.
The signs posted clearly say that there are no life guards on duty. They do have "attendants" who enforce general safety rules but clearly do not lifeguard like you see at other water parks. Parents of small children/weak swimmers should keep this in mind. Mini golf is located next to the pool area and very enjoyable.
If the Flying L management reads my review, I would suggest they have a reserved area for resort guest chairs on the days they offer specials that bring in more water park patrons. For prospective guests, if you can avoid the days when these specials are offered in the waterpark you will have a great time.
Horseback riding: We easily reserved a ride time for our party the following day and had a great time on our ride. The wrangler was wonderful and she is a true asset to the resort.
Fishing: Due to drought conditions the creek for catch and release fishing was not in very good shape.
General Activities: We did not participate in the organized childrens activities but they are offered in the mornings for children ages 3-12. Ten years ago, my children loved them and considered them a highlight of our trip. Now that my kids are older, we wish there had been a few organized activities for their age group. The tween/teen in my group would have enjoyed archery or bb gun target shooting which are offered on certain days for the younger kids. We were told older kids were always welcome to join the children's group but what teenager is going to agree to go with a group when the criteria is that participants must be potty trained? I think the Flying L is missing a chance to appeal to families with older kids by not offering a few things to appeal to older kids such as outdoor movies, dive in movies or teen hour in the waterpark after close. There is nightly family entertainment, such as singing, card trick performer, rope tricks as well as a nightly campfire with smores. My kids would have enjoyed having something to do after 8pm when the water park closes. The tennis and basketball courts are well lighted after hours. The front desk closes at 9 but allowed my kids to check out sports equipment overnight so they could play each night.
We enjoyed our stay and would go back again. If you are looking for a 5 star luxury resort, look elsewhere. If if you want a nice, family oriented stay where you can relax, "unplug", and spend time together, The Flying L might be perfect for you.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.