When planning a golf vacation, it probably wouldn’t hurt to keep in mind what activities your family members would want to enjoy as well. Maybe a cool pool for the kids, some side trip options and spa sessions for your significant other. Here are some favorite, easy-to-reach golf destinations in the U.S. that combine great golf with an outstanding resort experience as well.
With more than 200 golf courses, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world. Offering great weather with little chance of rainouts plus stunning mountains as a backdrop, it’s easy to see why Phoenix tops the list. This beautiful desert destination is also known for it’s shopping, dining and spa offerings, making it an ideal destination for families.
Where to Stay: The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is Arizona’s only AAA Four Diamond resort offering spacious one and two-bedroom suites and villas making it ideal for large families. The resort has an award-winning athletic center and spa, many on-site dining options and a huge water park for the kids to enjoy. The Oasis Water Park was named one of the top 10 water parks in the country by the Travel Channel.
Where to Play: The Arizona Grand’s golf course offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape and mountains. This beautiful course was also on Golf Digest’s 4-Star “Best Places to Play,” list.
Who would have known that there are over 150 golf courses in the land of Mickey Mouse? Many of these courses have been designed by world-renowned golf course architects. Obviously, there are plenty of attractions in Orlando for the whole family to enjoy including Disney World, Universal Studios and world-class shopping.
Where to Stay: The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is ideal for families. The famous Pirate Plunge Pool is a favorite with the kiddos. In fact, sometimes kids enjoy the pirate pool more than the surrounding attractions in Orlando! TripAdvisor ranks Lake Buena Vista Village Resort & Spa #7 nationwide for Best Family Friendly Hotels. The Spa is the perfect place to unwind while the kids have fun at the Kids Club. Free shuttle service is offered to the major theme parks as well.
Where to Play: Disney’s Lake Buena Vista golf course is rated 4 stars by Golf Digest. Enjoy the tranquility of pine forests, palmettos and sparkling lakes. The course has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events.
Renowned for its ideal golf weather, sunny with ocean breezes, Maui is the perfect choice for your Hawaiian family vacation. What’s not to love about Maui… the beaches, the scenic mountains, the golf, the aloha spirit. Oh, and the Mai Tai’s of course.
Where to Stay: The Grand Wailea has breathtaking views of Wailea Beach, which is ranked one of Hawaii’s best beaches. The kids can enjoy the huge family pool complex and water park, with slides, rope swings and lazy river. The property has plenty of boutiques to choose from, as well as a gorgeous spa where your significant other can experience Hawaiian spa treatments.
Where to Play: The Wailea Golf Club is rated among the best golf courses in the country by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine for the quality of its courses and amenities. Golfer’s can choose from Wailea’s trio of courses—Blue, Emerald and Gold. Breathtaking views of the ocean with palm trees swaying in the breeze is perfection.
Now that you have explored this list of golf destinations, why not start planning your trip today? Don’t forget to point out all of the fun things that you found for your family members to enjoy!
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