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Smart Travel | March 2006

Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, GA: This golf-rich resort has opened a TaylorMade Performance Lab, one of only two in the country (the other is at Four Seasons Resort Aviara, North San Diego). The cutting-edge fitting center features nine high-speed cameras that produce a three-dimensional rendering of your swing. After a two-hour evaluation, a pro recommends the best TaylorMade clubs for you. Call 800-241-3333 or visit ritzcarlton.com. —Paul Rogers

Clearwater Bay G&CC, Hong Kong: Asia's answer to Pebble Beach, this dramatic course along the South China Sea is being remodeled by a team led by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson. They're reshaping bunkers and fortifying them to withstand tropical downpours. The course remains open during the renovation, to be finished in June. Call 011-852/2335-3888 or visit cwbgolf.org.hk. —Alex Jenkins

Discount Flights to New Zealand: Now may be the time to book that long-awaited trip to play Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs: Air New Zealand is offering discounts of up to 15 percent on nonstop flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fares to and from Auckland begin at $910. The discounts are available on trips through August 31; bookings must be made by May 25. Call 800-262-1234 or visit airnewzealand.com. —P.R.

Kapalua Resort, HI: A big-name architect will soon be brought in to design a new course at this oceanfront resort. The Village course at Kapalua, a companion to the more famous Plantation and Bay courses, will be redeveloped into an entirely new layout, and there's a fifty-fifty chance it will be private, says Marty Keiter, a vice president at the resort. The popular Kapalua Bay Hotel will be demolished in April and replaced by a condo development. —Thomas Dunne

Fazio Returns to Canada: Three decades after designing the National Golf Club outside Toronto with his uncle George, Tom Fazio has returned to Canada, building a public course near Montreal expected to command the area's highest greens fees. The yet-unnamed course in Terrebonne, Quebec, may open in summer. It's slated to host the 2008 Canadian Open. —Robert Thompson

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