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Travel Insider: Greater Palm Springs, St. Kitts, & More...

By: Brian McCallen

Already planning that all-important winter/spring golf trip to the Grand Strand? Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, a non-profit trade association credited with originating the “Stay and Play Package,” has announced that Spirit Airlines will expand its seasonal nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach International (MYR) starting Feb. 14, 2013 from Chicago, Detroit, Latrobe, Niagara Falls, and Charleston, W.Va. With the industry’s lowest base fares, Spirit Airlines is a perfect fit for Myrtle Beach, S.C., which offers excellent value at over 75 leading courses plus top dining, entertainment, and nightlife options. For flight schedules and fares, visit Spirit Airlines.

The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has released its 2013 Golf Guide with listings for more than 100 courses, qualifying this California desert oasis east of Los Angeles as a genuine golf mecca. Walled in by towering peaks and known for its ideal winter weather, the region’s courses have been laid out by many of the game’s greatest designers. Through early April 2013, visitors can check out the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Bob Hope: An American Treasure,” which highlights the late comedian’s life, including his time as the face of one of the PGA Tour’s iconic tournaments. Artifacts, vintage photos, and videos detailing Hope’s early years and eventual rise to fame will be on display. Palm Springs Golf Guide

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, situated on Frigate Bay, is offering one of the best golf deals in the Caribbean through Dec. 21, 2013. The resort’s Unlimited Golf Experience package features Garden View room accommodations, two rounds of golf per day, breakfast buffet daily for two, welcome gift, and other extras. Rates start at $282 per room, per night based on double occupancy. Tax and service fees included. Dotted with coconut palms, Royal St. Kitts Golf Club straddles a sandy peninsula, with three holes on the wave-tossed Atlantic and two holes on the calmer Caribbean Sea.           St. Ktts Marriott Resort

OB Sports, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based golf management company, is promoting a Vegas Golf deal through Jan. 31, 2013. Players can choose any combination of rounds at six courses located at five OB Sports-managed facilities in Las Vegas, including Angel Park (Palm or Mountain courses), The Legacy, Stallion Mountain, Painted Desert, and Las Vegas GC. Play three rounds for the Triple Play ($120); or two rounds for the Double Play ($100). All rates are per person and include cart fees, tax, and practice balls. Rates vary by course. Overnight packages are also available. Angel Park.

Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott, located on Lake LBJ a 45-minute drive from Austin, Tex., is highlighting a Robert Trent Jones Unlimited Golf Package starting at $99 per person, double occupancy through March 8, 2013. The program includes standard accommodations, daily breakfast buffet at Lantana Grill, unlimited golf per person on any of the resort’s three Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses, transport to and from the courses, complimentary round on the Whitewater Putting Course, and a 30-minute group lesson. Tax and $26 nightly resort fee is extra. Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott

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