A Quick Nine: Where would you take your family for a golf vacation?

Family Golf Month
PGA of America
With July being Family Golf Month, we asked PGA.com Facebook Nation to share with us where they would take their family on a golf vacation.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.

July is Family Golf Month.

Family Golf Month promotes golf as a fun, family recreational activity by providing structured, yet casual, opportunities for families to learn the game of golf and spend uninterrupted time together. Some of the programs being offered include Get Golf Ready for Families, Take Your Daughter to the Course Week, Kids Play Free programs, and PGA Family Courses.

In the spirit of Family Golf Month, we decided to ask our 183,000+ friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation to tell us: If you could take your family on a golf vacation, where would it be?

With well over 400 responses, here's a look at some of the top answers we received:

9. Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The golf at the Palm and Magnolia courses is great and there's plenty to do with the children after golf too.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Disney. I have a 2 and 6-year-old." -- Jm Sahr

"I'd take them to Disney World. Plenty of other great places in the world to golf but I'd take them to the place that makes them happiest." -- Ken Jansky

"I'm going to Disney World." -- Michael Dane Vaughan

8. The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Just last week, the Old White Course at The Greenbrier played host to the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. The resort features just about every activity you could imagine for families.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Greenbrier." -- Marge Prickett

"Greenbrier." -- Steven Harris

"Greenbrier or Oglebay in W. Va." -- John Montgomery

"The Greenbrier." -- Ben Linder

"Greenbrier." -- Jim Lally

"Greenbrier!" -- Tracy Guyot Termini

"Greenbrier." -- George Kriley

"It would have to be the Greenbrier for a family vacation, I may not ever get the opportunity but that place is on my list!" -- Michael Snow

"The Greenbrier." -- Bob Sheridan

7. Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Sea Pines is home to four golf courses: Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean Course, the Heron Point golf course (formerly known as the Sea Marsh course) and the Club Course. The beauty of Hilton Head is hard to beat.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. Plenty to do for the whole family. Can't wait to go back for another week or more." -- Scott Hartge

"Harbor Town Golf Links... Hilton Head Island, S.C." -- Peter Herr

6. Sea Island in Sea Island, Ga. Here's the description from the Sea Island website: Rated No. 4 out of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in the U.S., Sea Island Golf Club offers three exceptional 18-hole championship courses. The Seaside Course, home to the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic, is a links course graced by majestic ocean vistas in the tradition of St. Andrews. The Plantation Course winds enticingly through marsh and forest, while the Retreat Course offers a uniquely dramatic and challenging design cultivated by Davis Love III and Mark Love.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Sea Island, Ga." -- Larry Carlin

"Sea Island, Georgia!" -- Bobby Jordan

5. Hawaii. With all the different islands there are so many options for places to tee it up. And the views are breathtaking.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Plantation Course at Kapalua." -- Abby Davis

"Maui, or Big Island Hawaii." -- Ralph E. Castillo

"Hilton Head Island." -- Daniel J. Mallon

"Monterey play Pebble, Spyglass, Spanish Bay. Heaven!" -- Bradley Smith

"Maui. You're buying, right?" -- Les Bretthauer

"Umm... Maui any day of the century." -- Basel Anani

4. Ireland. When you think of golf in Ireland, chances are you think, "trip of a lifetime." Why not experience it with the entire family?

Facebook fan quotes:

"Ireland please! BUCKET LIST!" -- Lewis Powell

"Ireland! And being so close of course we'd have to pop over to Scotland too!" -- Linda McCormack

"Ireland! Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Royal Portmarnock, Lahinch, Ballybunion etc." -- Tom Braain' Herbert

"Ireland through Scotland via Hawaii and Japan." -- Ed Bokinskie

"Old Head in Kinsale Ireland." -- Steve Lotz

"Southwest coast of Ireland!" -- Diarmuid Harrington

3. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Bandon Dunes might be relatively new compared to most of the others on this list, but we challenge you to go there and tell us with a straight face that it isn't one of the most fascinating golf experiences of your life.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Bandon Dunes." -- David Cooper

"Definitely Bandon Dunes, again!" -- MichaelandSally Ohaneson

"Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, OR!" -- Brandon Martin

2. St. Andrews, Scotland. A trip to the place where it all began is a must for any family that loves the game.

Facebook fan quotes:

"St Andrews." -- Carla Mullen

"St. Andrews." -- Jason Morrow

"St. Andrews! For golf of course and a family history lesson for the kids, we're Scots after all." -- Ronall Lloyd Rhoads

"St Andrews." -- Anthony D'Emilio

"St Andrews." -- Greg Fulmes

"St. Andrews without a doubt." -- Brandon Evans

"Scotland, supposed to next year. Hopefully for the Open." -- Ray Bates

"St Andrews where it all started and I'd love to go back and show them how amazing it is!" -- Heather Bingham

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. Still, after all these years, Pebble is the place that seemingly all golf fans want to visit most.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Going to Pebble in two months with mine! Father and brothers. Pebble, Spanish Bay, and Spyglass." -- Steve Marcozzi

"Pebble!" -- Gregory Mata

"Pebble Beach!" -- Rick Schmidt

"Pebble Beach. No question." -- Anthony Berry

"Pebble Beach. Can't wait for another shot at it." -- Chris Laird

"Pebble Beach and Monterey." -- Britannia Arms

"Pebble Beach." -- Puneet Mathur

"Pebble Beach." -- Ron Price

"My goal is to take my dad (and two brothers if possible) to play Pebble Beach." -- Austin Neil Pritchard

"Pebble for sure." -- James Daily



T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.



I like the idea of a quick nine holes. However, I am still trying to find such a golf experience. The pace of play is ridiculous. People are unwilling to take instruction to improve their games. It is painful to watch adults swing without knowing even how to grip a club. I know why golf is not called a sport. New people attracted to the game are in many cases are not athletes to begin with. They approach golf as a social event and not a game of skill.