Alabama: Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores
Golf package: stay in a two- to four-bedroom condo at Kiva Lodge or in a beach house nearby; one round per day at the challenging Kiva Dunes, designed by former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate; breakfast daily
The golf: This course, which opened to accolades in 1995, is set on a narrow strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay. Natural dunes and plenty of water don’t make play any easier, and your ball will be at the mercy of capricious sea breezes.
Price From $175 per person per night, available through February 10
Contact 866-540-7100; kivadunes.com
Georgia: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain
Luxury Your Way: one night’s stay at the new 150-room Lodge and Spa; a round on either the Mountain View or Lake View course, both of which were recently renovated; admission to the resort’s gardens and exhibits
The golf: Mountain View, a 1965 design by Dick Wilson, is the better of the two layouts. For the dozen-plus years that the course hosted the Buick Challenge, the sloping, watery fifteenth hole was regarded as one of the hardest par fives on Tour.
Price From $379 per night for two, available through December 31
Contact: 800-225-5292; callawaygardens.com
Georgia: Cuscowilla, Eatonton
Stay and Play: one night in a villa with views of the course and Lake Oconee; one round with a caddie on Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s splendid contribution to this golf-rich region seventy-five miles southeast of Atlanta
The golf: The architects relied on natural terrain when building this course in the late nineties. The result, marked by scruffy bunkers and challenging greens, wends along the lake and through woodlands and open fields. To score, you’ll need to think creatively.
Price From $400 per night for two, available through November 30
Contact: 800-458-5351; cuscowilla.com
North Carolina: St. James Plantation, Southport
T+L Golf Fairway Getaway: four nights in a suite or condominium with a view of the course, the Intracoastal Waterway or marshland; one round on each of the resort’s four courses, with cart; unlimited use of the range
The golf: Each of these layouts offers distinct challenges, although Pete Dye’s Founders course is perhaps the most difficult of the four. The Reserve will be private beginning next year; limited tee times are being offered until then, so play it while you still can.
Price From $500 per person through November 30; from $470 in December
Contact: 800-247-4806; theclubsatstjames.com