Golf is the perfect option for an active family vacation. It’s social, fun for all ages, and gets the whole family out into the fresh air. Also, it’s easy for beginners to pick up with the right guidance, which offers a rewarding learning curve for the kids. For Family Bookers thinking about a golf trip—whether their next or first—here are the best destinations when it comes to family-friendly golf courses.*
Skyscrapers and beaches make for a stunning tee-off backdrop
Dubai doesn’t do anything in moderation and golf is no exception. The UAE’s biggest city hosts global golf championships, is home to numerous world-class courses, and provides a jaw-dropping backdrop of skyscrapers and palm-shaped islands. Lots of Dubai accommodations offer special, all-inclusive Family Booker packages, such as the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel (part of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort), where you can stroll through its sprawling, manicured grounds before tee time. Also, Dubai is a particularly family-friendly city, with attractions like paddle-boarding, amusement parks, beaches, open-air markets (or souks), an immersive rainforest dome called The Green Planet, and malls offering indoor skydiving and skiing.
Disney World isn't the only family attraction in town
Orlando, Florida is a popular destination for Family Booker getaways, but not just for Disney World. There are tons of family activities to make for an action-packed vacation, such as Universal Studios theme park, a giant ferris wheel, waterparks, and plenty of mini-golf courses. Once you’ve mastered putting from mini-golf, head to one of the hundreds of full-size courses. From public, semi-private, and resort greens, there’s an outstanding selection to choose from, many of which are located within family-friendly resort complexes like the Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club.
Quinta do Lago, Portugal
Sunny beaches and great golfing in Portugal's Algarve region
One of the best places in the world to brush up on your swing and cut down your handicap is the exclusive Quinta do Lago golf resort, which has hosted the Portuguese Open numerous times. This part of Portugal isn’t only a beautiful setting for teeing off, but also a prime destination for Family Bookers. The sandy beaches, caramel dunes, and lush pine forests in the surrounding Ria Formosa Park all make for a natural playground for children. The resort encourages a healthy, active lifestyle year-round by organizing family-oriented activities and offering lots of kid-friendly facilities. The Hotel Quinta do Lago has its own private beach and is great for the whole family.
Novo Sancti Petri, Spain
Seafood tapas, perfect weather, and family-friendly beaches in this golf resort town
All avid golfers love the wide selection of courses in this sun-soaked resort town in southern Spain. The Andalucía region is
a coastal area of whitewashed villages and national parks that offers excellent weather, seafood tapas, ice cream parlors, and beautiful beaches – either with or without the golf. However, it would be a shame to visit Novo Sancti Petri and not set foot on its soft, perfectly sculpted fairways. These pristine golf courses cover over 15 square miles and offer a variety of 9-, 18-, and 36-holes stretches. One of the region’s most prestigious is the Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri. They offer private lessons for novices, as well as a children’s club to let parents hit the tee boxes undistracted. Stay at Vincci Resort Costa Golf, which is right next to the Novo Sancti Petri Golf Course and a short walk from the beach.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A must-see for all golf-crazy families
If you’re a seasoned golfer, Myrtle Beach is probably already on your bucket list. Despite being one of the world’s most celebrated golfing destinations, there's also an abundance of options for golfing novices of all ages. This seaside South Carolina destination has about 60 miles of white, sandy beaches and hundreds of golf courses that have been designed by the biggest names in the industry. For those who are just getting started, there are tons of par-3 courses that are easy to book and happily welcome Bookers of all skill levels. The Coral Beach Resort is a particularly family-friendly accommodation here, thanks to its water park, bowling alley, arcade, and more.
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**The data analysts at Booking.com looked at endorsements for “golf” by Booking.com customers, then identified the most highly-rated destinations for this endorsement.