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Smart Travel | September 2006

Doonbeg Hires Colicchio as Consulting Chef: Here is something to look forward to the next time you're on the home holes of Ireland's Links at Doonbeg: sitting down to a meal at one of the club's two superb restaurants. The celebrated New York chef/restaurateur Tom Colicchio recently signed on as a consultant to the Doonbeg kitchens. Call 011-353/ 659-055-602 or visit doonbeggolfclub.com. —Paul Rogers

Abaco Club Opens Cabanas: This exclusive Bahamas real estate community has opened twenty luxury cabanas for overnight guests. Just steps from a private beach, the cabanas have thatched-roof porches and vibrantly colored interiors. They're open to one-time visitors; after that, you must become a member. Guests have privileges on the club's thrilling tropical links. From $1,000 per night. Call 888-303-2765 or visit theabacoclub.com. —Thomas Dunne

Marriott Offers Free Kids' Golf: At dozens of Marriott-owned and -run courses in the U.S. and abroad, kids fifteen and under can play for free after 3 p.m. when accompanied by a paying adult. They can also take a lesson at no charge if joined by a paying adult. Participating properties include the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale and Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. Call 800-721-7033 or visit marriottgolf.com. —P.R.

Direct Flights from Boston to Myrtle Beach: Just in time for fall, Spirit Airlines has launched the only daily nonstop service between Boston and Myrtle Beach. The discount carrier's new flight departs from Logan International Airport at 10:05 a.m. and arrives at Myrtle Beach International at 12:20 p.m., allowing plenty of time for an afternoon round. Introductory fares run from $79 each way. Call 800-772-7117 or visit spiritair.com. —P.R.

Shipping Your Clubs in Advance: Tired of hauling your golf bag through airports?Log on to the web site of a new service called the Luggage Club and arrange to have your sticks picked up and sent to your destination in advance. You can get an instant price quote for four different speeds of delivery; a recent quote for five-day service from New York to San Francisco was $100 one way. Visit theluggageclub.com. —P.R.

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