Spring is in the air.
For some people that means just one thing: golf season.
To celebrate, some of
the nation’s top golf destinations have put together packages to help players
get their game back in shape.
Through the end of
May, Hilton Head, S.C.’s, flagship luxury destination, The Sea Pines Resort, is offering a package designed after
its annual PGA Tour event, offering golfers the full pro experience with a
walking caddie, access to the professional players locker room and practice
area and an hour of pro instruction.
The package, starting
at $524 per person, per night, also includes two nights at the Inn
& Club at Harbour Town, along with breakfast or lunch at Links, the American
grill in the Harbour Town clubhouse. Players also receive custom-branded gifts,
including a locker-room plaque and desktop mount, personalized caddie bib and
bag tag, a sleeve of golf balls, tees, sunscreen, a visor or hat, a golf shirt,
a towel, a ball marker, a divot tool and a Harbour Town yardage book.
In Port St. Lucie, Fla., the PGA Golf Club
this spring is offering The Handicap Wrecker package this spring. Starting at
$686 per golfer, it includes five nights and five rounds at its three courses,
the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club and the golfer’s choice of one other nearby
course. The accommodations are offered in partnership with a number of local
area hotels through www.pgavillagegolf.com as well as the on-site, multi-bedroom Perfect Drive Villas
Hole No. 7 on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“Traveling golfers associate South Florida with winter getaways, but the spring
is arguably the single best time to tee it up in the Sunshine State,” says
Jimmy Terry, the general manager of the PGA Golf Club. “The courses are in
superb condition, the weather is typically dry and sunny and the overall value
is hard to beat. Generally, fairways are less crowded, the pace of place brisk
and the days are longer.”
In Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the PGA National Resort & Spa is offering its Gold Golf stay-and-play
package through the end of April. Starting at $329 per person, per night,
double occupancy, the package includes a daily round on one of the resort’s
layouts, deluxe accommodations, cart fees and club storage, access to the PGA Tour practice facilities with
unlimited range balls and full daily breakfast at the Palm Terrace.
For agents looking for help finding other golf
packages around the world, GolfThere.com offers access to a variety of fully
Formerly known as Fairways Golf, the company
this month announced a rebranding under its consumer name.
Founded in 1990, the company was
acquired in 2009 by an investment group led by Alan B. Hale, the current
company president and a former travel agency owner and executive.
As a former agent, one focus has
been on helping travel professionals create unique golf vacations for their
“Golf is a huge market,” he said, “and our
ability to package tee times and incredible resorts and pay travel agencies
commissions on an entire golfing experience opens a whole new revenue stream
for today’s travel professionals.”