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Play Away: Smart Travel

The Old Course, St. Andrews Links, Scotland: Golfers fed up with booking tee times at St. Andrews two years in advance, take notice. A new system allows those wishing to play here to apply from September onward in the year before they wish to play. Better yet, confirmations (or rejections) are now guaranteed within four weeks. E-mail reservations@standrews.org.uk. . . . Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, California: A boon to golfers visiting the Palm Springs area, this new $250 million retreat offers upscale accommodations at yet another high-end Indian resort. Those inclined to splurge can do so at the discreet "Casita" bungalows, with private pools and thirty-inch plasma T Vs. Call 800-667-6646 or visit morongocasinoresort.com. . . . Destination Clubs: What's better than a club offering the use of luxury residences in exclusive destinations?How about also getting a piece of the action in the form of annual dividends based on the appreciation of the company's real estate holdings?That's what the new Private Escapes Platinum club is offering. Intrigued?Call 877-463-0211 or visit private-escapes.com. . . . The Lodge at Koele and the Manele Bay Hotel, Lanai, Hawaii: For those who prefer their tropical paradise suffused with luxury, the Four Seasons has signed a letter of intent to manage both these properties, beginning as early as this spring. Neither hotel was insufficient to begin with, but expect both to spend tens of millions of dollars on extensive renovations and upgrades in service during the coming year. . . . Nebraska Golf Trail: Another year, another forgettable new golf trail?Not quite. This collection, unveiled in 2004, includes five first-rate courses in the Nebraska City area: two Arnold Palmer designs—the ArborLinks Golf Course and the Players Club at Deer Creek—along with the highly rated Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Woodland Hills Golf Course and Iron Horse Golf Club. For discounts and packages, call 866-272-7453.

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