Golf vacations combine the need for relaxation with an enjoyable hobby. Plenty of hotels now include tee times to local courses as part of their concierge services, but there are three destinations that take the golf trip to a new level.
Marriott's Shadow Ridge: Equipment Rentals and Lessons9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Palm Desert is Palm Spring's kissing cousin, but far less crowded. Fly into the Palm Springs International Airport. Rent a car from one of the chains and make the 25-minute drive into Palm Desert. Check into the Marriott Villas.
Now, it is time to head to the Shadow Ridge Golf Club. It features 18 holes, a practice range, putting green, and pro shop with equipment rental. Sign up for a lesson or just enjoy the 6,923-yard, par-71 course. Tee times are least expensive after 4 p.m., when they usually cost between $40 and $50 per player. Prior to this time, tee times may cost as much as $50 to $90.
Eat onsite at Nick Faldo's Bar and Grill, which offers a continental cuisine, or make the short drive to the Pacifica Seafood Restaurant on 73505 El Paseo Drive. Renowned for its vodka bar and seafood menu, this eatery is a Palm Desert institution. If gambling sounds like a fun outing for the evening, head for the Agua Caliente Casino, located at 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in nearby Rancho Mirage.
Marriott's Shadow Ridge is the perfect destination for a five- to seven-day trip, and it features ample non-golf activities for the traveler who brings along a golf widow.
Arcadian Shores Golf Club: Play in South and North Carolina701 Hilton Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Fly into the Myrtle Beach International Airport and rent a vehicle; most national car rental chains offer service at this venue. Assuming you made reservations at the Tropical Seas on 2807 S. Ocean Blvd., a 10-minute drive up 17th Avenue South will take you there from the airport. A 23-minute drive on South Kings Highway takes you straight to the golf course from the hotel.
Arcadian Shores is a creation of Rees Jones. It features a 73.2 rating and measures 6,857 yards. Greens are planted with Tifton Bermuda grass, and 64 sand bunkers challenge experienced golfers and novices alike. Tee times range in cost from $39 to $99, depending on the season and whether you plan on scheduling a tee time or walking on.
While in Myrtle Beach, do not forget to visit Farmstead Golf Links located 541 McLamb Road in Calabash, NC 28467. From the hotel, it is only a 50-minute drive on South Kings Highway. Farmstead's claim to fame is its 767-yard 18th hole, which is famous for its 6-par play. Green fees here range from $56 to $83.
This trip is excellent for the golfer who must wrap up the fun times in three days.
Whistling Straits: Play in the Lap of LuxuryN8501 County LS, Kohler, WI 53044
This golf trip begins with a flight into Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport. Rent a car from the counter -- most national chains operate a rental counter here -- and head out onto South Howell Avenue. Drive to the American Club, located at 419 Highland Drive in Kohler. The trip from the airport to the hotel takes about one hour. Once settled in, head out to the Whistling Straits. If you do not feel like driving, take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the course, which is a very short distance from the hotel.
Whistling Straits features two courses. One is known as the Irish course -- it ranked 35th in Golf Digest's recent list of the 100 greatest public golf courses. The other is the Straits, which was rated third. Pay between $102 and $185 for the Irish course; green fees for the Straits run from $198 to $360. The Straits course has a caddie requirement, which adds $60 to the green fee.
Another short drive from the American Club is Blackwolf Run at 1111 W. Riverside Drive. Featuring the River and a Meadow Valleys courses, fees range from $102 to $250. Stay onsite and enjoy pub food at the Horse & Plow or take in Sheboygan River views from the seats at the Blackwolf Run Restaurant. Rustic fare includes pork chops, steaks, and seafood.
Whistling Straits is the destination of choice for the golfer who wants to travel only short distances between attractions, plans to enjoy the finest amenities available from a five-star resort hotel, and intends to play the game like the pros -- with a caddy. This is a perfect vacation destination for the golfer who plans to stay for a week.
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