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Pinehurst Resort, NC: When the refurbishing of Pinehurst's Golf Club at No. 6 is completed March 1, golfers will have yet one more reason to visit this year's U.S. Open host resort. In addition to a renovated clubhouse, No. 6 will now sport newly refurbished bunkers and tee boxes, and greens bearing the same bent-grass strain introduced to No. 2 prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Call 910-235-8507 or visit pinehurst.com. . . . Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, FL: Golfers tuckered out by thirty-six holes on The King & The Bear or The Slammer & The Squire can recuperate at the resort's new PGA Tour Spa Laterra. The spa's design—inspired by the mythical fountain of youth—combines fountains, streams, lakes, waterfalls, pools and a hydrotherapy room into one relaxing, watery experience. Call 904-940-8000 or visit worldgolfrenaissance.com. . . . Ritz-Carlton, Cancún, Mexico: Love the splendor of the beach but hate mingling with its resident riffraff?This Ritz-Carlton now offers nine beach villas in which guests can lounge on oversize sun beds and snack on fresh fruit. The cabanas hold from six to ten people, allowing patrons to surround themselves with their own riffraff. For reservations, call 011-52/998-881-0808 or visit ritzcarlton.com. . . . Kaluakoi Golf Course, Molokai, HI: The only eighteen-hole course on Molokai doesn't have much competition, but that didn't keep Kaluakoi from spending a half million dollars to regrass the greens and tees, improve the irrigation system and reshape the fairways of its Ted Robinson oceanfront layout. For tee times, call 808-552-0255 or visit molokairanch.com. . . . JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson, AZ: Starr Pass golf course, former host of the Tucson Open, now has a resort to call its own. Opened in January in the Sonoran Desert in the Tucson Mountains, the resort offers three pools, a 20,000-square-foot spa and grand views of Tucson. Palmer Course Design renovated the course and added a third nine. For reservations, call 520-792-3500 or visit jwmarriottstarrpass.com.

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