True golf addicts know no season. But those who are merely mildly insane about the game welcome the arrival of April and begin to think of golf-related trips, including those in warmer destinations. Here are a few possibilities:
Litchfield Plantation on Pawley's Island, S.C., located within 5 miles of nine championship courses, has a Golf Retreat for Couples beginning at $764-$900 for two nights, depending upon the dates, and reaching $1,701-$2,042 for five nights. In addition to accommodations at the 600-acre resort, participants get a four-course gourmet dinner (or, with the five-nighter, three dinners), breakfast daily, one round of golf per person, including cart, at Willbrook Plantation Golf Club, as well as a round at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. (Those staying five nights also get a round at the River Club and the Heritage Club.) There are other amenities, and tax and tips are included in the price.
Call 800-869-1410 or visit www.litchfieldplantation.com.
Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, has added the ESPN Golf Schools to its golf programs. Golfers can choose from a variety of instructional programs throughout the season, ranging from one- to three-day packages at various prices. For example, a three-day Resort School that emphasizes all aspects of the game will be offered June 16 and Aug. 25 for $1,995 or $2,495 with accommodations.
Visit www.samosetresort.com or call 800-341-1650.
You can combine a cruise with a lot of golfing on Norwegian Cruise Line's Golf Hawaii Program. The new Pride of Aloha cruise ship coordinates shore time so that you can play at courses on four islands in seven days. Tee times, club rentals, shuttles, valet service, club storage, playing partners, and more can be arranged. Cruises begin at $799, with golf packages $910 per person.
Call 888-NCL-HAWAII (625-4292) or visit www.hawaii.ncl.com.
Also in Hawaii, the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel on Maui has a new 19th Hole package, available year-round. It includes a three-night stay in a partial ocean-view room, midsize car rental, daily breakfast for two, and one round per person at one of the Ka'anapali Golf Courses followed by a complimentary cocktail. The price is $999, a savings of more than 20 percent if elements of the package were bought separately. Participants can also join in the resort's complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities including hula lessons. Surely after a round of golf (and a cocktail), you will be game to hula.
Call 800-262-8450 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.
In St. Augustine, Fla., World Golf Village's new vacation package, Fit for Golf, gets you two nights at World Golf Village; a private tour of the World Golf Hall of Fame, including the exhibit ''Gary Player: A Global Journey"; two rounds of golf; a one-hour personal training session at Laterra Resort & Spa fitness center; a gift from Gary Player's Black Knight line; and tickets for the World Golf Hall of Fame
Call 800-WGV-GOLF or visit www.wgv.com.
Visit www.okemo.com for other rates, or call 800-78-OKEMO (786-5366) or 802-228-4041.
Cruise the Magnificent Waterways and Canals of Holland & Belgium consists of eight days aboard the 123-passenger MS Swiss Pearl, also with stops and talks that focus on Rembrandt's art and the scenes that inspired him. The all-inclusive trip is priced from $2,695, depending on departure city. Travel dates are April 14-22 and April 29-May 7.
Call 800-323-7373 or visit www.ahitravel.com.
Also included are aerobics classes at the inn's health and fitness center and a coupon booklet from Woodstock merchants and area attractions.
Visit www.woodstockinn.com or call 800-448-7900.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability, and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.