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Travel Insider: Prince's Golf Club, Prairie Club...

By: Brian McCallen

Still buzzing from the 2012 Open Championship and possibilities of links golf in England? Prince’s Golf Club, situated on the Kent coast near the historic towns of Deal and Sandwich in southeast England, recently opened the Lodge at Prince’s, a deluxe new hostelry with 38 en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, bar, terrace, and snooker room. The Lodge’s restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay, serves traditional Kentish cuisine. The well-appointed Lodge overlooks Pegwell Bay and 27-hole Prince’s Golf Club, which hosted the 1932 Open Championship and shares the same strip of famous linksland as its neighbors, Royal St. George’s and Royal Cinque Ports. 

The Prairie Club, a 46-hole semi-private facility on the rim of the Snake River Canyon in the Sand Hills region of western Nebraska, has a junior golf promotion designed to encourage members and guests to share their love of golf with their children and grandchildren. For the remainder of the 2012 golf season, all golfers 17 and under will receive complimentary golf with an accompanied adult. The promotional offer applies to all overnight guests. Located six hours from Omaha, the Prairie Club features two 18-hole courses (Dunes and Pines), a 10-hole par-three course (Horse) and a 40,000-square-foot, western-style lodge. Excellent hunting and fishing is also available.

Tetherow Golf Club, David McLay Kidd’s stellar layout routed on a high desert plateau near Bend, Ore., is featuring a “Tetherow Unlimited” stay-and-play package with two nights of lodging and two days of unlimited golf with cart. A forecaddie is required for the first game of the day, optional for remaining games. The program, available through Sept. 30, is priced at $399 per person, double occupancy. The 7,298-yard course at the semi-private club offers a diverse mix of holes framed by ragged-edge bunkers and backdropped by tall volcanic peaks in the Cascades.

Laid out by Arthur Hills on a wooded site with elevation changes more typical of the Appalachian Mountains than the Midwestern plains, Longaberger Golf Club, opened in 1999, is the consensus No. 1 public-access venue in the Buckeye State. The club has formed a new partnership with nearby Newark Metropolitan Hotel, with stay-and-play packages starting at $187.50 per person, double occupancy through Sept. 30. The revitalized hotel, featuring 118 renovated guest rooms, is an hour’s drive from Columbus.

If you’re one of those travelers who believe that perfect vacations don’t always turn out perfect, consider Travel Guard, a specialty insurance company. Among other contingencies, Travel Guard provides coverage for cancellation, interruption or delay of a trip due to weather, sickness, injury, or involuntary job loss; coverage for lost or delayed luggage; and coverage for medical expenses and evacuation. The firm’s 24-hour emergency assistance can provide help with last-minute travel changes, flight rebooking, ground transportation, etc. A concierge service to assist with special dining and entertainment requests is also available.

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