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Links House at Royal Dornoch, a renovated eight-bedroom manor house circa 1843, began welcoming its first guests last week. Overlooking the first tee of the fabled Royal Dornoch Golf Club, this elegant country house hotel, filled with antiques and fine artwork, is owned by an American couple who have added a three-bedroom mews and a golf drying house in the same Georgian architectural style as the original building. Royal Dornoch’s greenskeepers were hired to build and maintain a putting green on the grounds. Meals, served in the Orangery beside the Links House gardens, are exceptional. Golf can be arranged at Royal Dornoch and Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle.   

To attract more golfers by delivering more value, The Prairie Club in the Nebraska Sandhills has cut its early-week stay-and-play rates by 20 percent. The price of a two-day, one-night stay has dropped to $399 (from $499) for the 2013 season. In addition, the club, located on the rim of the Snake River Canyon, has instituted an “unlimited golf” policy on its top-rated Dunes and Pines courses. Golfers are invited to make a voluntary donation to play the club’s 10-hole Horse Course, which is free to guests. Half of the donations will be put towards a scholarship for Valentine High School students who work at the club; the other half will go towards state junior golf and participation initiatives.

Value-laden “Spring Fever Golf Vacations” on Prince Edward Island, a maritime province promoted as Canada’s leading golf destination, offers play on 16 courses, all located within 45 minutes of each other. For the month of June, an ideal time to visit given the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Golf PEI’s two-night, three-round programs feature quad occupancy cottage accommodations starting at $289 per person; or double occupancy hotel accommodations starting at $349 per person.

Circling Raven Golf Club, located in the Idaho panhandle adjacent to the recently expanded Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, is hosting a series of golf schools this summer. The Brian Mogg Golf Academy features two- to four-hour sessions on July 1 and July 26. Cost of $300 per person includes a light breakfast and full game instruction. Pros2Go Golf Academy offers in-depth learning with on-course application through its student-centered model. LPGA golf instructors Susan Briske and Carla Glasgow will conduct three-day camps in three sessions: July 12-15, 15-18, and 19-22. Cost of each camp is $799 per person and includes three days of instruction, lunch daily, two rounds of golf, and discounts at Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Casino. 

Hilton Head Island Golf, a collection of more than 20 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses, is promoting a variety of value-driven stay-and-play packages at a diverse array of resorts this summer, a time when Hilton Head’s sunny weather and refreshing coastal breezes offer ideal conditions for golf and family fun. For example, the three-night Summer Stay-and-Play Package at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort features up to three rounds at each of the resort’s courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, and George Fazio. Enjoy air-conditioned carts, two hours of complimentary tennis court time (daily), preferred rates on all other resort activities, and dining and merchandise discounts. Rates start at $143 per golfer, per night, and include all taxes and resort fees. Offer is valid through Sept. 24. 


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