As any true golfer knows: any time is a good time for golfing! Also, as any human being that has ever worked knows: any time is a good time for a vacation. If you had the time to either take a week’s vacation, or spend a week golfing, how would you make such a difficult choice? Thankfully, these two options are not mutually exclusive. The solution is as simple as taking a golf destination vacation.
If you have the time and the passion for golfing, where could you go? There are a number of incredible destinations all over this fine country, and even more worldwide. Let’s focus on destinations in the United States, as they are the most accessible for quick family destination vacations. (You knew you were bringing the family, right?) After all, golfing vacations are a great family choice for a summer vacation, quick family retreat, or a gift for Father’s Day. So pick up your clubs, or pick up some new ones, because here are the top ten family vacation destinations for golfers in the good ole’ United States:
1. Pinehurst Country Club
Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, this is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. The Carolinas are known for their beautiful and accessible golf courses, and Pinehurst tops the list. Suitable for golfers of many skill levels, this one of the U.S. Open sites that is great for a quick family retreat or a lengthy vacation.
2. Lion’s Paw at Ocean Ridge Plantation
Lion’s Paw is a public course located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The trip to Myrtle Beach is a family event all its own, as it is one of the best beach destinations in the country. Lion’s Paw is one of the premier locations in the area, but doesn’t receive as much attention as some of the other courses. When you’re done on the greens, it doesn’t get much better than a night on the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach.
3. Pebble Beach
Aptly located in Pebble Beach, CA, this course has been described as the “holy grail of golf.” Why then, is it not at the top of the list? It is because young or average golfers may have a more difficult time with this course, as it presents many unique challenges. However, the natural beauty and the world-famous course, combined with the incredible weather and local attractions, make this a great vacation spot. A trip to Pebble Beach will be mostly about the golfers in the family, so this might be a good choice for the previously mentioned Father’s Day vacation or other special occasion!
4. Tiburon Golf Club
This Naples, Florida course is an incredible golfing resort with 36 holes designed by Greg Norman. With options to adequately challenge and entertain golfers of all skill levels, Tiburon offers some of the best golfing Florida has to offer. Plus, it’s rarely a bad thing to be in Florida!
5. Pacific Dunes
Though relatively new on the golf scene, Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon has been earning a lot of attention due to its incredible design and wild changes in topography. Oregon is a beautiful place to visit, and this course is one prime example of Pacific Coast golf at its best.
6. Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Casinos or Golf? This is a top rated course, though you will need to pull yourself away from the Las Vegas Strip long enough to enjoy it. Las Vegas may be called “Sin City”, but a lot has been done to make it a family-friendly destination. Don’t be scared away from the Paiute Golf Resort, and other area attractions, just because of the city’s reputation.
7. Kiva Dunes
Despite being in Alabama Kiva Dunes is one of the best public golf courses our country has to offer. Though you can’t see the ocean from the course, you can still get there for some post-golf fun in the sun. This course offers a great challenge at a price your family can handle.
8. Spyglass Hill
It’s not “the course” in Pebble Beach, California, but don’t let that deter you. Though it is difficult from the back tees, Spyglass Hill is an accessible course with consistently high ratings for service, design, and facilities.
9. Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
This is another course located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Pawleys is 18 holes of pure adventure for all levels of players. Plus, it gives you a reason to go back to Myrtle Beach.
10. Coeur D’Alene
The name is French, but this course is in Idaho. Idaho may sound like a better place to buy some russet potatoes than play a round of golf, but this course will surprise you. Winding along a lake and through adjoining creeks, the course’s final green is on a floating, man-made island. To top it all off, the island moves. The last hole is never the same!