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Smart Travel | July 2006

Spiffed-Up Spyglass:

Forty years after opening on the Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, a standard-bearer of resort golf and worthy companion to Pebble Beach, has been extensively renovated. Much of the infamous ice plant lining the oceanside holes has been replaced with less-blanketing indigenous plants, bringing the sand dunes more into play. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. gem also now features firmer fairways and more than a hundred additional yards. Call 800-654-9300 or visit pebblebeach.com.

Private Beach at Torrey Pines:

This summer, guests at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, will have exclusive access to a secluded Pacific Ocean beach. Attendants can arrange a complimentary personal beach setup, complete with tent, lounge chairs, side table and refreshments—before, after or instead of a round at the legendary South course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open. The pristine stretch of coastline is part of a 2,000-acre wildlife reserve. Call 800-656-0087 or visit lodgetorrey­pines.com.

The Boulders Goes Organic:

The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa has hired Wendy Little, a West Coast chef known for coaxing vibrant flavors out of seasonal local produce, to head its award-winning restaurant, Latilla. Little's arrival is part of a plan to turn the golf-rich property in Carefree, Arizona, into an all-organic resort, with gardens on the grounds for growing produce to be used in all of its kitchens. Call 866-397-6520 or visit theboulders.com.

Airline Check-In at Hyatt Resorts:

At all Hyatts in the fifty states, you can now avoid the hassle of airport check-ins by printing your boarding pass at a kiosk in the hotel lobby. Guests can check in to sixteen U.S. airlines and also obtain updates on airport traffic and weather. The global chain's family of golf resorts includes Hawaii's Grand Hyatt Kauai, home of Poipu Bay Golf Club, and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida, home of Raptor Bay. Call 800-233-1234 or visit hyatt.com.

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