Golfing vacations help families link up
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Golfing vacations help families link up


    Ryan McGarry, 6, celebrates making a long putt while practicing for the U.S. Kids Golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.


Take to the links with your kids during National Golf Month in August. They’ll develop skills in a sport they can play for a lifetime. Here are five extraordinary places where you can tee it up together:

>> Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.: This historic resort is the scene of many famous tournaments, including the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. Called the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst nurtures young players, offering junior tee markers and scorecards on all but one of nine courses. Check out Thistle Du, an undulating, 18-hole putting course, or take a break from golf and try your skills on the croquet and lawn bowling greens. Ask about family clinics, free rentals for juniors and kids-stay-and-eat-free programs.


>> The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.: Known for impeccable service and stunning views, this five-star resort and its golf program have played host to national tournaments (including the upcoming 2018 Senior Open) as well as families eager to enjoy the storied game. With Rocky Mountain grandeur as your backdrop, choose from three courses. Kids 12 and under play free with a paying adult after 2 p.m. Ask about free Sunday family golf clinics and unlimited weekday golf packages. Also enjoy hiking, pools, bowling, boating and tennis.


>> Pebble Beach Resort, Pebble Beach, Calif.: Pegged as a “must-play” for every devotee, here’s a chance to channel the swing thoughts of some of golf’s greatest players while giving it your best shot on the Pebble Beach Golf Links (the country’s No. 1-rated public course), The Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Summer Stay and Play package offers savings as well as epic views on the memory-making tracks.


>> Madden’s at Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minn.: At this classic Midwestern resort in the land of 10,000 lakes, take a family stroll around the Social 9, a casual setting where eight par 3s and a lone par 4 provide an ideal introduction for new players. Then, test your skills on a longer track. Don’t miss The Classic, where dramatic views, challenging shots and punishing pin placements make for an unforgettable round.


>> Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.: Nestled in the scenic high peaks of the Adirondacks, this luxury, all-suite retreat is a popular getaway for active families. Ask about Stay More, Play More packages that enable families to use resort credits for activities that include golf.


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