Sweater-Weather Winners

Bali Hai Golf Club
Keiici Sato
The Bali Hai Golf Club offers a little bit of the South Pacific in the heart of Las Vegas.

It's peak season in Hawaii, and the prices aren't much lower in Arizona, so where is a deal-seeking golfer to go? If you're willing to pack an extra layer you can enjoy some great courses in prime destinations at a fraction of typical high-season prices.

January 2008 Golf Magazine Cover
January 2008

La Jolla, Calif.
Average highs right now are 65 to 68 degrees, and the lows aren't so low that you can't tee it up early in the day. The undisputed trophy course in town is Torrey Pines South, which will host the 2008 U.S. Open. Non-residents can walk weekdays at twilight (after 3:30 p.m.) for $87. You won't finish, but most of the best holes come early. 858-452-3226, torreypinesgolfcourse.com

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The popular island is empty of summer beachgoers and fall golfers, so enjoy your choice of tee times amid 60-65 degree days. Topping the list here is Harbour Town Golf Links, the Pete Dye masterpiece where the PGA Tour has stopped since 1969. Just tee off early enough to catch the iconic 18th hole in daylight. $240-$295; 843-363-8385, seapines.com

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama
The temperatures are pretty chilly — 53-62 degrees on average — but the prices will warm you up. The best value on the Trail is Grand National's Lake Course, where fees start at $40 for a terrific test that features 12 holes that play around or over Lake Saugahatchee. $40-$77; 334-749-9042, rtjgolf.com

Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunup and sundown can be downright chilly, but in between temperatures climb with astonishing speed. Winter highs average 58-65 degrees. Stay up late and play in the afternoon at Bali Hai Golf Club, right on the Strip. It's not cheap, but it's close to the action and the neon kaleidoscope of lights at dusk is unforgettable. $199-$325; 866-861-9765, balihaigolfclub.com

Pinehurst,N.C.
Sure, springtime in Pinehurst is a feast for the senses, but in winter you can almost taste the value. With daytime highs in the mid-50s, bargain hunters can don an extra layer to play Pinehurst No. 2. The rack rate is a healthy $299, but you'll save $60 off peak spring rates. 910-295-6811, pinehurst.com

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