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Smart Travel | May 2006

Atlantic City CC, NJ: This historic club, birthplace of the term "birdie" and for years the exclusive playground of high rollers, has opened to outside play. Tom Doak redesigned the original William Flynn layout in 1999. It's an invigorating blend of salt marsh, parkland and links-style holes, offering views of the casinos across the tidal flats. Greens fees: $135–$250. Call 609-236-4400. —Brian McCallen

Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, Scotland: While the famed North Berwick links remains as timeless as ever, this turreted Victorian hotel just steps from the sixteenth green is fresh off a multimillion-dollar renovation. There's a new spa with sauna, steam room and whirlpools, as well as apartments that overlook the course and the Firth of Forth. Call 888-892-0038 or visit macdonaldhotels.co.uk. —Paul Rogers

Hank Haney Signature Golf Schools: Want some quality time with Tiger's coach? Haney, the architect behind Woods's new swing, will lead two-day ESPN golf schools at Deerhurst Resort in Ontario (June 22–23) and Samoset Resort in Maine (June 24–25). Five hours of instruction is followed by golf each day, with Haney circulating among the students. From $3,295, including lodging. Call 800-642-5528 or visit espngolfschools.com. —P.R.

JetBlue Adds Bermuda Flights: The many charms of Mid-Ocean Club, Tucker's Point and the island's other fine courses are more accessible than ever, now that JetBlue is launching daily service from New York to Bermuda. Beginning May 4, the discount airline will offer two nonstop flights into and out of JFK International Airport. Fares start at $129 each way. Call 800-538-2583 or visit jetblue.com. —P.R.

Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & CC, Puerto Rico: A few years after polishing its flagship East and West courses, Ray Floyd has tweaked this storied resort's other two eighteens. He's built new holes and sharpened others on the newly renamed Sugarcane and Pineapple layouts. The resort, founded by Laurance Rockefeller in 1958, has also opened a new clubhouse and gourmet restaurant. Call 800-554-9288 or visit hyattdoradobeach.com. —P.R.

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