Travel Insider: Scottsdale, Farmlinks, Tour Club, and more

By: Tom Cunneff

If you’ve never been to Scottsdale for a golf vacation, you’ve got to go. There’s just something about the emerald fairways bordered by desert filled with saguaro cacti and backed by mountain views that appeals to the senses. A number of resorts there are offering great fall deals. On the north side of town, The Boulders (above) has an “All for One” package where everything’s included—golf, dining, tennis, spa—for just one price starting at $649 a night for two people, while the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in the heart of the city has unlimited golf for two on its 27 holes with Segway golf carts for $359 per night.

Like to shoot birds on and off the course? FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., which claims to have the world’s only agronomic research and demonstration golf course, has a “Golf & Quail” package through January 31 for two people starting at $600 per person (double occupancy) and includes a quail hunt, guide, dogs, transportation to and from fields, and golf on Alabama’s top-ranked public course. You also get breakfast, lunch and dinner; unlimited snacks; non-alcoholic beverages; and luxury accommodations in the club’s cottages and cabins, which surround a practice putting green that's great for cocktail-time putting contests. Add a second night and an additional half-day hunt for a total of $800.

The Tour Club has just added the seven private courses at the Cliffs Communities in western North and South Carolina to its portfolio of more than 40 private club and resort courses, as well as luxury residences—more than $1 billion in combined assets. Other courses include Rich Harvest Farms, Atlanta National, Pronghorn, and the TPC network. A family membership costs $75,000, plus $6,600 in annual dues and includes VIP access to Tour events, among other benefits.

Here's a deal that's hard to beat: $30 for a room at a major golf resort, PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home of the Honda Classic. In honor of the its 30th anniversary, the resort is offering 30 rooms at that price on Dec. 18 and 19. To get one, call 877-423-5751 starting Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

Walt Disney World Resort is getting out of the golf business and it’s the Four Seasons gain. They’ve taken over the Osprey Ridge course and are planning to build a 444-room, $360 million hotel overlooking it. Plans calls for a rooftop restaurant with views of the Magic Kingdom when it opens in late 2014.


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