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Amelia Island Plantation

Amelia Island
THE DEAL Unlimited Golf: lodging, unlimited golf on Oak Marsh or Ocean Links.
THE GOLF A classic early Pete Dye design, the 6,500-yard Oak Marsh has tight fairways and smallish greens; the shorter Ocean Links sports five oceanfront holes and a crafty variety of greens.
THE PRICE* From $111 per person, per night, based on quad occupancy; through February 28, 2004.
CONTACT aipfl.com; 800-874-6878

Marco Island Marriott Resort

Marco Island
THE DEAL Escape Golf: deluxe partial-Gulf-view room, daily breakfast, one round each with shared cart per paid night.
THE GOLF Robert Cupp Jr.'s newly redesigned Rookery at Marco was part of the resort's $60 million facelift; 7,180 yards of generous fairways and well-bunkered, oversized greens.
THE PRICE* $375 per night for two golfers, double occupancy; through December 25.
CONTACT marriott.com; 800-438-4373; Code: GLFA

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

THE DEAL Golf by the Gulf: resort-room lodging, daily breakfast, one daily round with shared cart (includes day of arrival and departure), complimentary golf clinic.
THE GOLF This 6,488-yard family-owned resort course is one of the area's oldest, built in 1920. Redesigned by Ron Garl in 1998, it hosted a Women's U.S. Open qualifier in 2002.
THE PRICE* Starts at $360 per room, per night, two golfers, through December 19; starts at $490 December 20-April 11, 2004. Two-night minimum.
CONTACT naplesbeachhotel.com; 800-237-7600

PGA National Resort & Spa

Palm Beach Gardens
THE DEAL Golf or Spa: private terrace or balcony room, daily breakfast, one round with cart, optional second round (restrictions apply) or choice of two preselected spa services per paid night.
THE GOLF Five choices: the recently renovated Champion; Arnold Palmer's linksy General; the scenic Estate; Tom Fazio's watery Squire; and the 6,806-yard Haig with postage-stamp greens.
THE PRICE* $226-$250 per night, per person, double occupancy; through December 27.
CONTACT pga-resorts.com; 800-832-6235

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Ponte Vedra Beach
THE DEAL Resort Golf: lodging, daily breakfast, unlimited golf with shared cart, daily thirty-minute golf clinic.
THE GOLF Renovated in 1998, the links-style Ocean has large undulating greens and more than 100 bunkers; the shorter Lagoon is a fun test of target golf and tighter off the tees than its sibling.
THE PRICE* $294-$428 per room, per night, based on double occupancy; December 1- February 28, 2004.
CONTACT pvresorts.com; 800-234-7842

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

THE DEAL Daily Golf: two-bedroom bayside villa lodging, daily golf for four on Links or Baytowne ($40 surcharge applies to play Burnt Pine; $30 for Raven).
THE GOLF The scenic Links has five holes on the Choctawhatchee Bay; water and elevation changes abound on Baytowne Golf Club.
THE PRICE* From $86 per person, per night, based on quad occupancy; through February 25, 2004.
CONTACT sandestin.com; 800-470-7389

Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club

Ponte Vedra Beach
THE DEAL Duffers & Dads: accommodations, daily breakfast, one round each with shared cart per paid night.
THE GOLF The Stadium course, the Players Championship host, boasts the famed seventeenth (where 120,000 balls were lost in 2002); brother Valley has hosted the Champions' Players.
THE PRICE* From $393 per night, based on double occupancy; through December 31.
CONTACT sawgrassgolf.com; 800-457-4653

The Resort at Callaway

Pine Mountain
THE DEAL Champion Deluxe: lodging, one daily round each with shared cart on Mountain View or Lake View per paid night, breakfast and dinner per paid night.
THE GOLF Dick Wilson and Joe Lee's Mountain View hosted the Tour's Buick Challenge for a dozen years; nine water holes and an island tee box mark the Lake View, which was renovated in 2002.
THE PRICE* $251-$331 per night, double occupancy; November 9-March 8, 2004.
CONTACT callawayonline.com; 800-225-5292

Turtle Bay Resort

THE DEAL Unlimited Golf Paradise: three nights with upgrade to premium oceanfront room (based on availability), three days unlimited golf.
THE GOLF The Palmer hosts the Champions' annual Turtle Bay Championship; George Fazio's layout features generous fairways and deep bunkers.
THE PRICE* $1,400-$2,225, double occupancy; through December 25.
CONTACT turtlebayresort.com; 800-203-3650


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