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Golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Get your family on par at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Located on a barrier island just a few miles from Charleston, this award-winning golf resort (home to five championship courses, including the challenging Ocean Course, the site of the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships) is our top pick for family golfing. We love its PGA-instructed junior golf clinics and camps, and its Family Tee program which allows kids and parents to learn the game together (kids 17 and under, play for free while adults pay $50). Then again, if you’d prefer some alone time on the greens, opt for one of the daily golf programs for your kids. The Junior Golf Clinic at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center (Monday–Friday, June–August; ages 8–17; $35 per child) offers once-daily, 1-hour classes for both beginners practicing on the driving range and more advanced players looking to whittle down their handicap on the greens. The Junior Golf Camps provide 2-hour afternoon sessions in which instructors help kids work on their full swing, short game, and learn the rules of play (Monday–Friday, June–August; ages 12–17; $60/child). Best of all, designated tee times and constant supervision means you won’t have to worry about your kid mucking up the turf with willy-nilly swings or yelling in someone else’s backswing.  And aside from the lovely links, Kiawah is a great all-around family resort with a noteworthy tennis program and plentiful family-friendly activities like nature walks, kayaking, fishing, and biking. Accommodations run the gamut from sizeable guest rooms at the beachfront Sanctuary Hotel to elegant villas for bigger groups to multi-bedroom private homes for even bigger groups. Summer rates start from $239/night for villas and $520/night for rooms at the Sanctuary.

Stephanie Johnnidis

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