Danny Helman
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. But neither of those planets has golf courses, spas or shopping malls. Happily, here on Earth we do. So just because we can't communicate doesn't mean we can't plan a golf get away we'll both enjoy.

Here's how:

Step 1 Rule out 'all golf, all the time'
Sorry, but that means Bandon Dunes is a no-no. Bandon's three courses are must-plays for serious sticks. Problem is, they're also IN the sticks. Snooze-ville for non-golfers. You might as well take her to a topless sports bar. And you can also forget Pinehurst. Those eight world-class courses sure are tempting, especially No. 2, but stray from the resort and there's not much to see. You'd need more than a range finder to discover a target worth shooting for.

Step 2 Make a list of 'musts'
There must be a spa that offers seaweed wraps, citrus facials and other things that sound edible but aren't. There must be shopping — Cartier, Coach, Louis Vuitton. Hint: Look for shops where the sales tax on most items is higher than your greens fees. There must be romantic restaurants, so you can gaze into her eyes over a glass of wine and tell her how much you loved flushing that drive on 18.

Which brings you to ...

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has firstrate restaurants, in-house childcare, high-end retail and activities from hot-air ballooning to white-water rafting. While you're golfing, she can enjoy a menage-a-spa treatment, in which two massage therapists work on her at the same time. As for the golf: courses by Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr., and a newly opened Nicklaus Design effort. Golf packages start at $216 per person, per night, through April 30. 866-837-9520, broadmoor.com

But what if she wants to play?

Then you'll need a resort that combines challenging golf for you and a friendlier course for her. Try La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, Calif., where Pete Dye's Mountain Course will accommodate you both (800-598-3828, laquintaresort.com). An alternative is Princeville at Hanalei in Kauai, where the golf is beginner-friendly (800-826-1105, princeville.com).

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