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My husband and I are looking for a
three- or four-day getaway that includes
an introduction to golf. We're flying out
of Toronto, and we're thinking Florida
or Georgia. We don't want an isolated
location, but one where we might find
other activities nearby. — Lisa and Malcolm, via e-mail
Dip your toes into the game at Orange
Lake Golf Resort (407-239-1050, orangelake.com) in Kissimmee, Fla. In
addition to two 18-hole courses, Orange Lake
has a pair of beginner-friendly nines, superb
practice facilities (the McCord Golf Academy
is here) and easy access to Orlando attractions.
I live in Delray Beach, Fla. and
my buddy lives in Greenville, S.C.
We're trying to set up a golf vacation
at a nice, affordable place somewhere
between the two towns. Do you
have any recommendations on
places that offer golf packages? — Stuart Feder, Delray Beach, Fla.
Just split the difference — it'll be
about 350 miles for each of you — and hit I-95 to Brunswick, Georgia.
There are plenty of options here,
both high-end and bargain-barrel,
but I think the best mid-priced
destination is the oceanfront King
and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (800-342-0212, kingandprince.com)
on St. Simons Island. The recently
renovated course (formerly known
as the Hampton Club) features four
holes that are almost islands in the
salt marshes. In February, the Royal
Golf Package starts at $284 per
person per night.