Travel Insider: Deals from California to Canada

January 16, 2013

By Brian McCallen

One of Southern California’s best-kept secrets is The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe outside San Diego, a historic Spanish Colonial Revival-style resort set on 23 acres of flowering gardens, citrus groves, and tennis courts. The Inn is a quaint compound featuring al fresco dining and elegantly appointed guest rooms, many of them tucked within cottages scattered across the tree-shaded property. Guests of the Inn have access to nearby Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, a private enclave circa 1929 that hosted Bing Crosby’s first clambake before it moved to Pebble Beach. The slim rolling fairways and tiny slick greens on this classic shotmaker’s course are framed by huge oaks and fragrant eucalyptus trees. The Inn’s “Golf Package for Two,” with rates starting at $659 per night, includes overnight accommodations for two and two rounds of golf.

If you’re planning a summer trip to Canada’s Maritime Provinces, specifically Prince Edward Island, consider purchasing a PEI Promotional Card. Visitors can choose a card that permits play on every member course on the island; select a preferred region (East or West); or buy a 2-for-1 Buddy Card that enables players to purchase one 18-hole round and a receive a second round for free, up to a total of 16 rounds. Offer is available till April 1. Member courses in the PEI Promotional Card program are among the finest on the 140-mile-long island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The warming influence of the Gulf Stream extends the golf season to six months on PEI.

Owned and operated by the PGA of America, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has reintroduced its G10 Pass. Players can experience 54 holes of championship-caliber golf on the club’s Tom Fazio-designed Ryder and Wanamaker courses; and the Dye Course, which area resident Pete Dye has transformed into the facility’s most popular venue. In addition, players can tune up their games at the PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance, a 35-acre instructional facility; and visit the PGA Museum of Golf, a showcase of the game’s history. The G10 Pass, priced at $899, offers 10 rounds of play on any of the club’s three courses. Offer is transferable. No blackout dates.

You don’t often hear the words “bargain” and “Hawaii” in the same sentence, but a very special winter rate of $79 is available at Puakea Golf Club on Kauai, the “Valley Isle.” A favorite of locals, Puakea rides up, down and around deep ravines, with ocean and pali (mountain) views from every hole. These views  include striking panoramas of verdant landscapes that served as the set for the film Jurassic Park. Green fee includes 18 holes and practice balls. There’s also a special rate of $25 for rental clubs. Junior golfers ages 7–17 can play for $1 per hole.

Looking for a Golf ‘n’ Gamble break during the cold winter months? Golf Tours LLC, a Massachusetts-based tour operator, features an array of customized packages that combine top-shelf golf and casino gambling in Puerto Rico, Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Phoenix. No two trips are alike. Pricing depends on travel dates, lodging, course selection, number of rounds and meal programs.