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Travel Insider: Barton Creek, Lake of Isles, The Tides Inn, and more

By: Brian McCallen

With the bluebonnets blooming in the Texas Hill Country, spring is the perfect time to enlist for “The Game Changer” at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin. This intensive four-day instructional program is a comprehensive “boot camp” that includes a pre-arrival GolfPsych evaluation, nine holes each day on one of the resort’s four nationally acclaimed courses (Fazio Foothills 9th above), rigorous drills and swing assessments, club fitting, fitness instruction by Titleist Performance Institute certified instructors, a sports massage at Three Springs Spa, culinary events, and much more. Rates for “The Game Changer” begin at $3,656 per person, double occupancy and include all instruction, accommodations and meals.

Lake of Isles at Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut has a new "Member For A Day" golf package featuring accommodations at MGM Grand or Grand Pequot Towers, two 18-hole rounds on the club’s top-rated North Course and otherwise-private South Course (both designed by Rees Jones), unlimited use of practice facility, $15 food and beverage voucher, $25 Match Play voucher, complimentary drink at Shrine or Scorpion bar, golf gift, and other extras. Available for Sunday and Monday overnights, the package starts at $392 per person, double occupancy. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance.

The Tides Inn, occupying a private wooded peninsula overlooking Carters Creek in Irvington, Va., offers refreshed guest rooms, an expanded marina, farm-to-table cuisine, new spa treatments and a new Activities Desk this season. The resort’s two-night "Virginia Golf Package" features unlimited golf with cart on its George Cobb-designed Golden Eagle Golf Course, unlimited use of practice facility, deluxe accommodations, full breakfast daily, and other extras. Package price starts at $395 per night, per room for two people.Fairmont Sonoma

The "Spa Tees Package" at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (above) in California’s wine country is an ideal his-and-hers getaway at a historic 1927 resort featuring a deluxe spa, superb golf and Michelin-awarded fine dining. Starting at $429 per night based on double occupancy, the package offers luxury accommodations, one round per night’s stay at the Sonoma Golf Club, one 60-minute spa treatment (includes gratuity), two drinks in the Lobby Bar, and daily valet parking.

The Greenbrier Sporting Cluba private residential community on the 6,750-acre estate of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., reported that its real estate sales last year were its best since 2007, with $34 million in sales recorded. Home to nearly 400 members across 32 states and Canada, the resort community is within a day’s drive from one-third of the U.S. population. The club boasts two lodges, outdoor pools, sports complexes, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, equestrian center, luxury spa and private trout stream. In addition, The Greenbrier, site of a PGA Tour FedEx Cup event, offers a new Casino Club as well as multiple dining and entertainment venues.

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