The family vacation is a time-honored American tradition. The best family vacations offer a fun environment, great food, good weather and activities for everyone. Adding golf to that mix can make it challenging to find the perfect vacation destination, but we’ve found the best resorts that combine all these elements for the best family golf vacations.
Top Family Golf Vacations
Walt Disney World – Orlando, FL
Everyone knows about the endless activities at Disney’s theme parks but Walt Disney World also has golf options for every level and age. Disney’s property contains five golf courses — the four 18-hole courses Lake Buena Vista, Osprey Ridge and the Magnolia and the Palm, which host the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Oak Trail, designed for children golfers, is a nine-hole walking course. Disney also offers two themed miniature golf complexes, each with two courses, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.
Sandestin – Destin, FL
The leading golf resort in northwest Florida offers a tremendous array of family activities, with golf at the top of the list. Sandestin boasts four courses, including the Raven, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that hosts the Champions Tour. Families will be more interested in the scenic Baytowne course, which offers free golf to children under 12 (when accompanied by a paying adult) and rental clubs from U.S. Kids Golf. The junior tee box is a suitable 3,002 yards and kids will love getting their own yardage guide and scorecard. Lounge on the beach, rent a sailboat or play some tennis when you’re off the links.
Hershey Resort – Hershey, PA
Its not all about chocolate at Hershey Resort. The Spring Creek Golf course for kids is a nine-hole gem for only $12 on weekends. Guests of the Hershey Lodge and Hotel Hershey also can play the Hershey County Club, where the East and West course are appropriate for better juniors. The resort offers great family golf packages and the theme park provides tons of fun when you’re not on the course.
Pinehurst Resort – Pinehurst, NC
Pinehurst is a legendary golf resort and sports one of the best courses in the country in Pinehurst No. 2. But it’s also a wonderful resort for a family golf vacation with many options geared towards kids. Seven of its eight courses have junior tees and scorecards and No. 8 is families-only after 5pm during the summer and holiday weeks. Best of all: kids 12 and under stay, eat and play golf for free with a paying adult. There is also a Kids Club and West Lawn Activity Center with a kiddie pool and playground.
Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, OR
Sunriver is the Pacific Northwest’s best family golf vacation. In addition to three championship courses, the resort offers a nine-hole putting course with holes from 45-120-feet, Fort Funnigan with themed daily activities for ages 3-10, and other adventures including flyfishing, soaring, biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Junior golf lessons are just $20 and family lessons, for up to five players, only $100. For the more accomplished golfer, the resort’s premier course is Crosswater, which has hosted a Champions Tour major.
So start planning that family golf vacation. You’ll have a great trip at any of these top resorts and will come back with golf memories you’ll treasure forever.