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.
• 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.
• 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
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