South Carolina: Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton
Teeing It Up: two nights in a cottage with a view of the lagoon; two rounds at May River Golf Club with caddie or with cart and forecaddie; free driving range; kayaks, canoes and fishing poles for use on internal waterways
The golf: This Jack Nicklaus design, which opened in 2004 near Savannah and Hilton Head, unfolds through the forest and marshland and along the riverfront, melding so seamlessly with the natural setting that you’ll forget you’re playing a resort course.
Price: $850 per night for two through November 30; $575 in December
Contact: 866-706-6565; palmettobluffresort.com
South Carolina: Pawleys Planation, Pawleys Island
Stars of the South: three nights in a villa with views of the course or nature; one round each at Pawleys Plantation, by Jack Nicklaus, and True Blue and Caledonia, both by Mike Strantz; daily breakfast buffet
The golf: Pawleys Plantation was king on this island south of the Grand Strand before Strantz built Caledonia and True Blue in the 1990s. These three are among the best in the Myrtle area. Plus, Pawleys Island is removed from Myrtle’s notorious crowds.
Price: $389–$649 per person through December 31
Contact: 800-367-9959; pawleysplantation.com
Virginia: Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen
Retreat with the Legends: minimum two-night stay; one round per weekend day on Ellis Maples’s Devils Knob or Rees Jones’s Stoney Creek, and unlimited golf during the week; one-hour semiprivate lesson
The golf: Devils Knob closes around November 1—at nearly four thousand feet, it’s the highest course in Virginia. Twenty-seven-hole Stoney Creek, set against the Blue Ridge Mountains, is open all year. Elevation changes, water and splendid views add to play.
Price: From $165 per person per night, available through November 30
Contact: 800-926-3723; wintergreenresort.com
West Virgina: The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels
Unlimited Golf: one-night stay in a manor house, lodge or inn; breakfast at the Rotunda at the Inn; unlimited greens fees on the Cobb and Stonehaven courses, with cart; free range balls; club cleaning and storage
The golf: Glade Springs may not offer the luxury of the Greenbrier, but golf is the reason to come here, and neither the recently upgraded Cobb course, originally laid out in 1973, nor the more exotic Stonehaven, opened in 2003, will disappoint.
Price: From $164 per person per night through October 27; from $107 in the off-season
Contact: 877-898-6197; gladesprings.com