Not unlike a buddies destination or a couples destination, a family golf destination has a focus on its targeted clientele.
In addition to amenities and off-course activities that cater to everyone in the family, it's about a sense, a feeling, a warmth. Does the mat outside the resort's front door say "Welcome" or "Do not disturb?"
Here are 10 U.S. golf resorts (in no particular order) that make it clear families are welcome:
Ten top golf resorts for families:
Golf courses: East Course, West Course, Spring Creek Course
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Golf courses: Greenbrier Course, Meadows Course, TPC Old White Course, Oakhurst Links, Snead Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Golf courses: Magnolia Course, Oak Trail Course, Palm Course, Lake Buena Vista Course
Golf courses: Plantation Course, Bay Course
Golf courses: Pinehurst Nos. 1-9, Thistle Dhu Putting Course
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Golf courses: East Course, West Course, Mountain Course
Madden's on Gull Lake
Golf courses: Classic, Pine Beach West, Pine Beach East, Social Nine
Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock
Golf courses: Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge
Golf courses: Meadows, Crosswater, Woodlands
Turtle Bay Resort
Golf courses: Arnold Palmer Course, George Fazio Course.