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Inn and Spa at Loretto Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Deal

Golf Santa Fe: one night in a room with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and historic Santa Fe; one round per person at Black Mesa Golf Club, designed by Baxter Spann and opened in 2002; breakfast for two

The Golf

This layout, in the foothills of the Santa Clara Pueblo, swirls around and over hulking sandstone forms. The course’s drama starts early: The first tee shot is blind, and safety lies on the other side of a pond flanked by a brush-laden ridge and an arroyo.

Price

From $425 per room per night until May 31; from $515 until October 31

Contact

innatloretto.com; 800-727-5531

Sandia Resort & Casino Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Deal

Sandia Golf: two nights’ accommodations; one round per person per night, with cart, at Sandia Golf Club, laid out in 2005 by former Nicklaus Design associate Scott Miller; club storage; use of practice facility and fitness center

The Golf

Miller, known for his work at We-Ko-Pa and Coeur d’Alene, built a friendly eighteen here that’s also memorable, especially the split-fairway par-four sixth. The course sits at the base of the Sandia Mountains, surrounded by the high desert.

Price

From $133 per person per night through June 30; minimum two-night stay

Contact

sandiacasino.com; 800-526-9366

Barton Creek Resort & Spa Austin, Texas

The Deal

Hill Country Golf: a room overlooking Texas Hill Country; a round on Fazio Foothills or Fazio Canyons (both by Tom Fazio), on Crenshaw Cliffside (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), or on Palmer Lakeside (Arnold Palmer); use of gym

The Golf

Fazio Foothills, lengthened in 2004, mixes the natural (limestone caves) with the man-made (waterfalls) and is the best on offer at Barton Creek. But Canyons’ closing stretch may be the most memorable, and Cliffside’s greens are large, slick and superbly tricky.

Price

From $370 per person per night, available through June 28

Contact

bartoncreek.com; 866-572-7369

The Inn at Entrada St. George, Utah

The Deal

Stay and Play: two nights in a studio casita with driveway and private patio; one round of golf per person at the private Entrada at Snow Canyon, designed by Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss; access to the fitness facility

The Golf

In many ways, the setting is what you’d expect from the Utah desert—until the fifteenth, the beginning of the Lava Triangle, where holes, progressively more difficult, are carved out of an ancient lava bed. Against the red mountains, it’s an otherworldly scene.

Price

From $364 per person through May 18; minimum two-night stay

Contact

innatentrada.com; 435-634-7100

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