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

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:


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.

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
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I make a good living and have been to many of these resorts but not when my kids were young.  This looks more like a list for millionaire families. The Ritz Carlton on Maui - seriously ? 

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Hard to beat myrtle beach.  100 courses, beach, rides and very inexpensive

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