An Overview of Golf Vacations
For those who wish to improve their game (or simply watch a lot of great golf): schools, resorts and tours
The Academy of Golf at PGA National1000 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Offers three-day programs of instruction for beginners and advanced golfers alike, in classes that always include the partial participation, at least, of director of instruction Mike Adams. With a 3:1 student:teacher ratio, one-on-one attention is virtually guaranteed. More than 1,200 golfers a year come to these four championship courses, on which the fundamentals are stressed and every latest advance in technology is used. A three-day package, not including lodging, is $1,195, which includes breakfast, and six hours of instruction daily, followed by a round of golf. Complete computer analysis and personalized video are also included. Hotel packages are also available.
Desert Deluxe Golf & Vacation Properties
8707 E. Vista Bonita Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Desert Deluxe will first make the recommendation, and upon your agreement sell you a package that combines accommodations with greens fees and car rental. The firm chooses from many championship courses at different resorts, and offers mid-season (October to December, April and May) rates of $149 per person per night, including seven nights and six rounds for four golfers. Arrangements are for the serious golfer, most of them booking from four to seven days.
In the golf-happy state of Florida, a great many golfers make use of the Saddlebrook Resort, and its well-known school of golf instruction:
Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at Saddlebrook Resort TampaSaddlebrook Resort
5700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Designed to improve "both fundamentals and attitude." The Arnold Palmer Golf Academy offers programs for adults and juniors on all skill levels, and bases its teachings on Arnold Palmer's classics of golf instruction: "Mastering the Fundamentals," "The Scoring Zone," "Practice Like a Pro" and "Course Strategy" program. Three months and six months after "graduating" from the school, the player mails in a videotape of his or her swing and receives back an in-depth analysis from the staff, meant "to keep them on track." Located in a "four diamond" resort with four-star restaurant, Saddlebrook has two 18 hole golf courses, 45 tennis courts (har-tru, Laykold, red clay and even Wimbledon-style grass,) a 500,000 gallon "Superpool," and unique "Walking Village." Three and five-day programs include accommodations, breakfast, daily instruction, video analysis, 18 holes of golf daily, cart and greens fees, and Fitness Center admission.
Value Golf Vacationsvaluegolfvacations.com/
Golf enthusiast David Brice founded Value Golf Vacations, he says, to cater to the value-conscious "middle market,"the person of normal or modest income who nevertheless dreams of playing the renowned courses of Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The business is targeted at those golfers who travel extensively in the United States to various courses, but believe that Europe is beyond their financial means. (In fact, says Brice, 44 percent of their clients have never been outside the country before traveling with Value Golf.) Value Golf offers a package that includes six rounds, four nights in Scotland for $1,823. Brice claims that at these courses the golfer experiences a new and more exalted kind of golf. But to keep costs down, guests stay at inexpensive bed and breakfasts, all personally inspected by Brice or his staff. (The B&Bs are often owned and operated by local golfers.)
Wide World of GolfP.O. Box 5217 4th Avenue at Mission
Carmel , CA 93921
Michael C. Roseto founded Wide World of Golf in 1957, the first-he claims-to introduce American golfers to the renowned courses of Scotland and Ireland. He has now extended his reach to include trips to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Among other things, Wide World is the official golf operator of Seabourn/Cunard Cruises, making arrangements for passengers to play upon disembarking at various ports. Clients of the firm are every sort of golfer, from beginner to advanced; and tours are also organized to major PGA tournaments, where passengers play golf in between events.