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It has been a long winter. And now everyone wants to be outdoors. For golfers, all that snow and April showers has nourished plush fairways and smooth silk-like greens. So it’s time to dust off the clubs and hit the links. And we’ve got some great exclusive deals at fabulous resorts where golf is only part of the story.

Where: The Lodge at Woodloch, 109 River Birch Ln, Hawley, PA; 866-863-7712.

What’s special: It’s the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and play golf. The setting whispers luxury—the finest linens, soaring ceilings, exquisite woods, and a rich, soothing color scheme. Outside, luxuriate by the magnificent Horizon Edge Whirlpool punctuated by huge rocks or, if you prefer, go inside, where floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in and there is a co-ed soaking pool with heated Hydromassage waterfalls and a pool. At the award-winning spa, enjoy a wide variety of treatments, the Whisper Lounge with an outdoor porch and a myriad of activities including aerobics, yoga and Pilates training. The informal dining is gourmet healthy. Relaxed? Head to Woodloch Springs Country Club’s golf course nestled amid 75 private acres of woodland. The challenging course journeys over fern-carpeted forests, lush wetlands and broad upland meadows.

The deal: “Whole-in-One Golf & Spa,” exclusive to Westchester Magazine readers. Package includes accommodations, three gourmet meals daily, 18 holes of golf including cart and practice balls, group fitness classes and lectures, workshops, chef’s cooking demonstrations, selected guided-group adventure excursions, and a $50 spa-treatment credit. Prices start at $299 per person based on double occupancy. It’s a savings of over $90.

When: May through November, 2010

 

Where: Skytop Lodge, One Skytop, Skytop, PA; 800-345-7759.

What’s special: A member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, the resort has been welcoming guests since 1928. It’s a blend of old-world charm and character, impeccable service and modern conveniences and amenities. The resort overlooks Skytop Lake with West Mountain rising in the background. Miles of hiking trails provide spectacular views and wildlife sightings. In addition, guests enjoy canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, tennis, and golf. Nestled in the mountains, the course is a mountain-style layout that plays over rolling terrain with wide, tree-lined fairways and small greens.

The deal: The “Summer Package” includes three meals a day and unlimited green fees, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, and a fitness center. Prices start at $481 for two, including tax and gratuities. (Kids 18 and under are $45 extra). Mention Westchester magazine and receive 10 percent off.

When: Good until September 3

 

Where: The French Manor Inn & Spa, 50 Huntingdon Dr, South Sterling, PA; 877-720-6090,

What’s special: Perched atop Huckleberry Mountain, this charming 1930s stone chateau was built by Joseph Hirshhorn, who brought 165 craftsmen and artisans to create this masterpiece. The manor’s roof is made of imported Spanish slate, the windows are all leaded glass, there is an elegant Romanesque arched entranceway and massive stone fireplaces. Guests enjoy peaceful views of the beautiful crests and ridges of the northern Pocono Mountains. Relax in the gardens, have complimentary afternoon tea, spend time in the indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, the spa, hiking and, of course, golf 10 minutes away. The Buck Hill golf course was designed by legendary greats Donald Ross and Robert White and winds through woods and rolling mountainside terrain.

The deal: Mention Westchester Magazine and enjoy this exclusive offer: beautiful accommodations, full breakfast, and one round of golf at Buck Hill Golf Club. Rates are $132.50 per person based on double occupancy. Savings are $150 per person. Mention code “Golf Connection.”

When: Valid through May 31

 

Where: Bristol Harbour Resort, 5410 Seneca Point Rd, Canandaigua, NY; 800-288-8248.

What’s special: It’s located in the spectacular Finger Lakes region; pull up a chair and savor the beauty of Canandaigua Lake. Carved by glaciers, it offers 360 degrees of panoramic views. The newest addition at the resort is Lifepath Spa @ Bristol Harbour Resort. Dine in or outside and enjoy the food and a bottle of Finger Lake’s wine while taking in the views. The rustic accommodations include a romantic fireplace for cool nights and a balcony for stargazing and lake viewing. Play Bristol Harbour’s Robert Trent Jones-designed course. The course offers dramatic elevation changes and is heavily wooded.

The deal: Enjoy a two-night Lakeview room, full breakfast each day, a $25 dining credit, unlimited driving-range usage, one half-hour golf clinic, and two rounds of golf per person weekdays only. Mention Westchester Magazine and receive this exclusive deal – receive an additional weekday night for free when booking the two-night package. The package begins at $299 per person. This is a savings of more than 40 percent. Also, add a spa treatment for only $80 per person.

When: Valid through August

 

Where: Seaview—A Dolce Resort, 401 S New York Rd, Galloway, NJ; 609-652-1800

What’s special: Located on more than 670 wooded acres along Reed’s Bay, Seaview is just eight miles from Atlantic City and is Southern New Jersey’s only golf and spa resort. It offers 36 championship golf holes and is home to the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The Donald Ross-designed Bay Course runs along Reeds Bay and has a distinctly Scottish feel. The Pines Course, a traditional layout is set among the Jersey pines. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa is a full service spa with a varied menu of treatments. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness center and nearby Atlantic City.

The deal: Overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, one round of golf per person, two tickets to the ShopRite LPGA (June 14-20), two golf shop coupons, $50 in casino match play vouchers for each night reserved. Guests will also receive an in-room bottle of wine. The package rate starts at $281. The package is valued at $500. Mention promotion code “Westchester”

When: Good through May

 

Where: The Cliffside House, Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME; 207-361-1000.

Photo by John Apte

What’s special: This Oceanfront resort sits high above Bald Head Cliff. Every room has a balcony with an ocean view. Enjoy the view and the sounds of the ocean. The full-service spa offers a varied menu of treatments, a 75-foot lap pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, and a steam room. The fitness center showcases panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, provides exercise classes and more. Dine in or outside and enjoy the ocean views.

The deal: “Spa & Golf Sampler” is 3 nights/4 days and good Sunday to Thursday. The package includes lodging, a full breakfast each morning, lobster dinner, or choice of entrée with beverage, appetizer, and dessert one night, one round of championship golf with cart, and a $100 spa credit per person. Mention Westchester special code 99 and receive a free Spa Sampler treatment valued at $99 which features three 15-minute mini- treatments: a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage; a revitalizing hand treatment; and a lower-leg hot-towel massage—plus a glass of wine and a sampling of Chef’s [JQ–WHY UC?] hors d’oeuvres. Cost is from $575 per person, double occupancy. Maine sales tax and service charges are included. The deal is a $99 savings.

When: Valid Sunday to Thursday for the month of May–except holidays.

 

Some Like It Hot – Desert Golf

If you don’t mind the heat, Arizona has unbelievable deals on the very best courses.

Where: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ; 800-950-0086; www.arizonabiltmore.com.

What’s special: Known as the “Jewel of the Desert,” the luxury Arizona Biltmore is a 39-acre oasis covered with lush gardens, swimming pools and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. The resort has been a favorite of presidents and celebrities including Irving Berlin who penned “White Christmas” while sitting poolside at the resort. Besides its beautiful pools, a 20,000 square-foot spa, tennis, biking, croquet, and a variety of restaurants, it has two championship courses. The newest addition to the resort is Ocatilla, a hotel-within-a-hotel. Ocatilla provides guests with concierge service, including continental breakfast and in the evening, hors d’oeuvres, cheese, and wine, desserts complete the day. The concierge is there just to serve the guests of the Ocatilla.

The deal: Double Eagle Package includes: accommodations in Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore, one round of golf each at either the Arizona Biltmore Country Club or Grayhawk, dinner for two at either Wright’s or at the fabulous new Frank & Albert’s, two 25-minute neck and shoulder massages, a 30-percent discount off additional spa services, resort fee, and self-parking. Mention Westchester Magazine and receive: an Arizona Biltmore golf cap and logo golf towel, a sleeve of Arizona Biltmore golf balls and tees. Package price is $599* for two—a 45-percent savings over booking the components individually. Use code NYP10 when booking.

When: May

 

Where: Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, AZ; 888-579-2631.

What’s special: This luxurious resort is in a unique and striking setting. Huge naturally stacked boulders reach for the sky and tremendous saguaros cacti dot the landscape.. Even the hotel takes its cue from nature and fits in perfectly with the surroundings. The resort showcases two award-winning championship courses that constantly challenge and wow players. Both courses stretch across the enchanting Sonora Desert landscape. You’ll test your handicap among ancient boulder formations. It’s an unforgettable course. The 33,000 square-foot Golden Door Spa uses the elements provided by the rich, desert landscape to bring well-being to its guests. Afterwards sit by the pool nestled against ancient boulders.

The deal: Play For Free includes: Private Resort Casita accommodations, one round of golf per adult per paid night, unlimited use of the practice facilities, unlimited Golden Door Spa and fitness facility access and fitness classes. The cost of Play For Free begins at $119/per person per night, based on double occupancy. The reduced room rate is a 70 percent savings.

When: May 30 through September 2

 

Where: Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N Secret Spring Drive, Marana, AZ; 520-572-3000.

Photo by Chris Cypert


What’s special: This is where the 2010 World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship took place. And you too can play on this Jack Nicklaus-designed course that takes full advantage of the high Sonoran Desert setting and blends naturally among the saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain range. Players also enjoy the incredible elevation changes as the course ranges from 2,300 to 3,000 feet above sea level. Come to play or stay at the resort. The resort, from its pools, to its spa, to its lavish rooms and luxurious lobby is something to see as well.

The deal: Play after 2 pm and pay only $45. In high-season, it’s $165.

When: June through September.

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