Travel Insider

By: Brian McCallen

Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection, has launched its Legends of Golf Trail, which stretches across the state’s midsection from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Top-rated golf is available at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay (Copperhead, Island, North and South courses); Reunion Resort in Orlando (Watson, Palmer, and Nicklaus courses); and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, home to the Ocean (Nicklaus) and Conservatory (Watson) courses. The Trail’s six-night program features six rounds of golf, to be used consecutively or broken into three separate visits to each resort. Rates, starting at $292 per golfer, per night, quad occupancy, include villa accommodations, breakfast daily, $20 retail credit per each resort stay, advance starting times, unlimited use of practice facilities, and other extras. Offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2013. 

Looking for a sweetheart deal that combines multiple rounds on two of the best courses on the Big Island of Hawaii? Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, situated on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast on lava bluffs high above the Pacific, is promoting a ‘Stay-and-Play Package’ with rates starting at $392 per night in an oceanview room. Golfers are entitled to four rounds of golf at Hapuna Golf Course, a target-style layout chiseled into volcanic foothills 700 feet above the sea. Alternatively, players can schedule two rounds at Hapuna and two rounds at the resort’s sister facility, Mauna Kea Golf Course, a landmark Robert Trent Jones Sr. design recently remodeled by son Rees Jones. Packages, available through Dec. 17, 2013, are based on a minimum three-night stay, single or double occupancy.  

Often overshadowed by the Gulf Coast’s higher-profile resorts and casinos, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, created by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and attached to the Pearl River Resort east of Jackson, Miss., offers exceptional quality and value during the winter months. Azaleas and Oaks, the club’s two courses, are outstanding parkland-style layouts by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate routed across rolling wooded hills, with spring-fed creeks in play at half the holes. Weekday golf package, starting at $108 per person, double occupancy (tax included), includes accommodations, round of golf, and clubhouse breakfast. 

Allen Edmonds, a U.S.-based manufacturer of premium men’s footwear and accessories, has teamed with Jack Nicklaus to produce a line of stylish, innovative golf shoes designed for comfort and performance. The new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Line will include four series of golf shoes named for Nicklaus-designed courses (Muirfield Village, Sebonack, and Desert Mountain). “I shared my vision of a golf shoe designed for stability from the ground up for the modern golf swing,” Nicklaus stated, adding that he wanted a more classic design for the signature shoe, “not necessarily something that had to resemble a sneaker.” Available for orders now (March delivery), Jack’s new line of Allen Edmonds golf shoes retails for $195.  

With approximate drive times to Myrtle Beach, S.C. from eight to 10 hours, mid-Atlantic golfers bound for the Grand Strand had to be road warriors. To the rescue comes Spirit Airlines, which will add daily nonstop seasonal service from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Philadelphia (PHL) starting April 25. The 90-minute flight from both gateways is a timesaver. In addition to daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and New York's LaGuardia, Spirit has moved up its start dates for 2013 seasonal service from selected cities, including daily nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Detroit (DTW) beginning February 14.


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