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Smart Travel | January 2006

Palos Verdes Golf Club, CA: This 1924 George Thomas jewel harbors one of the Los Angeles area's best-kept secrets. On weekdays, it opens its gates for limited public play, allowing nonmembers to experience Thomas's deep, dramatic bunkers and small, undulating greens—evocative of his masterwork at Riviera. The greens fee is $205. Call 310-375-2759 or visit pvgc.com. —Andy Brumer

St. Andrews No. 7: David McLay Kidd is working on his first original design in his native Scotland, the as-yet-unnamed seventh course in St. Andrews. The course, expected to open in 2007, will play along the Kinkell cliffs, with at least a third of the holes hard by the North Sea. "I don't want the site to be soft and rolling," says Kidd, who laid out Bandon Dunes. "I want it to be rough and craggy." —Martyn Hocking

Pinehurst Opens Fitness Lab: First, golf resorts added spas; now they're introducing state-of-the-art fitness centers. The latest to do so is Pinehurst Resort, which recently opened a golf fitness lab developed and staffed by doctors from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Programs range from a $25 evaluation of your mechanics to a $950 swing and fitness test that takes up to four hours. Call 800-487-4653 or visit pinehurst.com. —Paul Rogers

Cabot Links, Nova Scotia: Long considered Canada's answer to Royal Dornoch, Highlands Links may soon have a worthy complement on Cape Breton Island. Canadian Rod Whitman has been hired to design a Scottish-style course called Cabot Links on rugged coastline along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The land, once a coal mine, has been described as one of the last great untapped sites for golf. The course is due to open next year. —Robert Thompson

Grayhawk Golf Club, AZ: The Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club, a saguaro-studded Tom Fazio design in Scottsdale, has reopened after a renovation. The greens have been changed from bent grass to a more heat-tolerant hybrid strain of Bermuda created for desert courses and chosen to produce putting surfaces that roll more consistently year-round. Call 480-502-1800 or visit grayhawkgolfclub.com. —Paul Rogers

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