Ginella: 10 great golf resorts in the U.S. for families



Everything about Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock is geared towards outdoor family fun. (Courtesy of Top of the Rock)
Sure the Plantation Course at Kapalua hosts the pros each year. But the resort is also quite accommodating to families. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
The par-3 sixth hole on the Magnolia golf ourse at Walt Disney World has the signature Mickey Mouse bunker in front of the green. (Courtesy of Disney)

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:

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Ten top golf resorts for families:


Hotel Hershey

Hershey, Pa.

Golf courses: East Course, West Course, Spring Creek Course


The Greenbrier

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

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Maui, Hawaii

Golf courses: Plantation Course, Bay Course

Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst, N.C.

Golf courses: Pinehurst Nos. 1-9, Thistle Dhu Putting Course

The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Golf courses: East Course, West Course, Mountain Course

Madden's on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minn.

Golf courses: Classic, Pine Beach West, Pine Beach East, Social Nine

Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock

Branson, Mo.

Golf courses: Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge

Sunriver Resort

Sunriver, Ore.

Golf courses: Meadows, Crosswater, Woodlands

Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu, Hawaii

Golf courses: Arnold Palmer Course, George Fazio Course.

Oct 21, 2016

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Matt Ginella

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for GolfChannel.com and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.


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