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Where can I find a family-friendly golf resort?

Brudenell River Golf Course in Prince Edward Island.

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The question: We'd like to book a few days at a family friendly golf course - especially friendly to moms with no experience. I'd love to take a lesson, but I don't want to pay through the nose for instruction far above my (in)abilities. My children are fairly skilled and my husband is a natural athlete. We'd like to stick to resorts in the U.S. or Canada, preferably near water. Suggestions?

Lessons suited to all styles. Courses for pro and beginner. A beautiful coastline. Prince Edward Island fits the bill on all these fronts, says Bob Weeks, editor of SCOREGolf Magazine.

The island is home to the Canadian Golf Academy (, which offers lessons and multiday camps taught by PGA professionals.

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"The academy is a state-of-the-art facility located just a few minutes outside of downtown Charlottetown," Weeks says. "It operates at Fox Meadow Golf Course and provides instruction for everyone from touring pros - head instructor Anne Chouinard teaches LPGA Tour star Lorie Kane, for instance - as well as raw beginners."

PEI is considered Canada's top golf destination for good reason, he notes, as the island packs in 25-plus courses ranging from world-class to nine-holers.

"If your husband or kids would prefer to play rather than take lessons, it's just a short drive out to one of Canada's top-ranked courses, The Links at Crowbush Cove, or over to the two-course facility of Brudenell River and Dundarave. Or a few less intimidating courses are available - try Red Sands near Cavendish or Countryview, just 20 minutes from Charlottetown," Weeks says.

By city standards, green fees are affordable ($79 to $99 at Crowbush Cove, a 45-minute private lesson at the academy is $60. Check out for packages.). And once you're ready to put your clubs in the corner, there are plenty of family-friendly holiday pleasures: Hang out at the beach. Indulge at a lobster dinner. Or grab a COWS waffle cone and stroll along Charlottetown's harbour. You've earned it.

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