With spring just around the corner, it’s not too early to start planning a golf trip this summer north of the border. With their round-pausing views, the courses in the Canadian Rockies are pretty spectacular. If you like to play 36 holes a day, the Iron Man Golf Package is for you. Starting at $1,439 (Canadian), the trip includes eight rounds of golf at Fairmont Banff Springs (pictured), Stewart Creek, Kananaskis, and Silvertip Resort, along with five nights’ accommodations. Also, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is celebrating its 90th anniversary with the Great Golf Getaway that starts at $3,125 (Canadian) and includes three nights, two rounds, golf lessons, Scotch tasting, flying fishing, and lakeside barbecue.
Of course, it’s also never too early to plan a trip to Scotland and PerryGolf has a number of “Special Value” tours, including one of their best deals ever for a VIP coach and driver to the Scottish Highlands. If you’ve already been to St. Andrews and Turnberry, then you’ve got to head north to play Castle Stuart, along with Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Royal Aberdeen, and Cruden Bay. The six-night, five-round excursion for a party of eight is $3,560 per person, with three nights in Inverness’ historic Kingsmills Hotel, which dates to 1786, and three nights in Malmaison Aberdeen, a very posh boutique hotel with a great bar and brasserie.
If you like to play tournaments, then sign up for one of the divisions (Open, Senior, and Women) in the Bend Best Ball June 14–16. The three-day event is contested on three of Central Oregon’s best new courses, the Nicklaus course at Pronghorn, David McLay Kidd’s course at Tetherow (pictured), and Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy’s course at Brasada Ranch. The $595 cost per player includes reception party, meals, and net and gross prizes for 30 percent of the field. Brasada is offering 10 percent off their lowest published lodging rate for contestants, who can also stay at Pronghorn as well as a few other choices. Field is limited to the first 60 paid.
Down the coast, The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif., is offering a number of Golf Academy packages with top instructor Glenn Deck beginning in April. Most are in the $1,000 range but the “Tour Experience” really caught my eye because the three-day, two-night, “state-of-the-art neurokinetics golf program” starts at $12,000! Joining Deck is renowned chiropractic kinesiologist Dr. Charles Bareilles, who works with more than 75 PGA Tour players. Together they will analyze all aspects of your mind, body, and game. Each student will also receive a custom set of clubs after undergoing a high-tech club fitting session. They’ll also get a playing lesson on one of the two terrific Tom Fazio courses, which have wonderful ocean views, while staying in the nicest bungalow or villa accommodations possible.
Wherever you’re going, be sure to log onto GolfWeather.com to see what clothes you’ll need to bring. The new site reports playing conditions for about 16,000 courses in the U.S., as well as 10,000 more from around the world. Not only does it break down the forecast hourly, but it provides wind speed and star ratings, as well. Golfers can also book tee times on the site.
By: Tom Cunneff