Spring is the perfect time for a golf getaway

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Hole 17 on the Champion course, part of the Bear Trap, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Hole 17 on the Champion course, part of the Bear Trap, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

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.
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 commissionable packages.

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 clients.

“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.”

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