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Travel Insider: Best Deals & News

By: Brian McCallen

Already planning your winter trip to the Arizona desert? JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa will soon unveil its new $10 million Ambiente Golf Course. Designed with an eco-friendly focus, Ambiente (Spanish for “environment”) replaces the resort’s former Indian Bend layout and will provide a counterpoint to Camelback’s parkland-style Padre Course. With the accent on playability—Ambient’s forward tees have no forced carries and offer easy approach angles—the layout has restored native desert areas accented by acacias, jojobas, and sagebrush. The completion of the course culminates a seven-year, $70 million Marriott renewal project at Camelback.

The Virginia Golf Trail, a collaboration of the state’s premier public and private golf courses, hotels, wineries, restaurants, historic sites, cultural amenities, and recreational pursuits, is promoting several new fall golf packages. For example, the two-night, three-round Richmond program features play at The Club at Viniterra, The Federal Club, and Independence, with accommodations at Hyatt Place Downtown Richmond Arboretum. Weekday rate is $329 per person, based on double occupancy. One-round, one-night packages starting at $129 are also available. 


Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the iconic southern California getaway located 70 miles north of Los Angeles, is offering a series of Golf Academy programs for beginners and moderate-skill players through early December. While enjoying deluxe accommodations, a top-rated spa, and superb cuisine, participants can fine-tune their technique and learn from some of the game’s top teachers, including renowned sports psychologist and mental game coach Dr. Joseph Parent. Women-only programs are also available. Golf Academy prices for a two-night, three-day package start at $1,275 per single guest, $2,250 for two guests, plus tax.

Looking ahead to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland? Wide World of Golf is marketing a bevy of official Red, White, and Blue packages for the biennial competition that includes five nights’ accommodations (Sept. 24-29), welcome cocktail reception, full Scottish breakfast daily, transportation between hotel and Gleneagles (valid Thursday through Sunday), Ryder Cup gift, and all taxes. Prices range from $3,200 to $5,625 per person, double occupancy, depending on hotel. Single occupancy rates are also available. 

Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, S.C.’s most celebrated leisure destination, is offering a discounted “Getaway Package” through March 7, 2014. Highlighted by temperate Atlantic coast weather during the fall months, the three-night package starts at $149 per night in a two-bedroom deluxe villa. The activity-loaded program includes 15% off already-reduced nightly and weekly rates for accommodations, complimentary dinner entrees for two (one-time only) at the Harbour Town Grill or Topside Waterfront Restaurant, complimentary bicycles for two during stay, 10% dining discount at Sea Pines Resort restaurants, preferred golf rates at the resort’s three courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, and other extras.

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