Just off the main patio at the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, there's a tiny three-hole course called Little Wigwam Links. The holes measure thirty, forty and fifty yards—perfect for the pint-size Phil Mickelson in the family. Part of a major renovation of the classic Phoenix-area resort, the miniature course is but one example of how the Wigwam caters to parents and children. Last year, readers of T+L GOLF named the Wigwam the best resort for family trips in the Southwest. Here's a rundown of all it has to offer.
WIGWAM GOLF RESORT & SPA Litchfield Park, Arizona; 800-327-0396, wigwamgolf.com. Family package deals from $459 a night.
Golf The resort recently poured $5 million into restoring its two vintage Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses, the Blue and the Gold, and building a practice area to accommodate a Jim McLean golf school. In addition to the new Little Wigwam Links, there's a topsy-turvy putting green that's ideal for family contests.
Other Fun Stuff Horseback riding is a Wigwam favorite. There are guided rides through the foothills of the White Tank, Estrella and Eagle mountains for kids ages seven and up. Tennis is popular, too, as are "dive-in" movies at the pool and day trips to the red rocks of Sedona. During summers and holidays, Camp Pow Wow offers supervised activities for five- to twelve-year-olds.
Spa Families in need of pampering can do it in style at the resort's Red Door Spa, opening this month.
Lodging The Wigwam features 331 adobe-style casitas. The rooms average a spacious 500 square feet, allowing families to spread out.
Dining The resort's two main restaurants, the innovative Arizona Kitchen and the more traditional Terrace Dining Room, both offer kids' menus. Parents and children can also enjoy the casual Pool Cabana Grill for burgers, wings and quesadillas.