Every now and then, in golf as in literature, we all need to return to the classics. There's just something about courses of a certain age—comfortably rooted in their surroundings, the best offer subtle challenges, a sense of history and great strategic variety from round to round. This list features courses created in the teens and Roaring Twenties, the golden age of golf architecture, with the exception of Samoset, which opened in 1902, and Nova Scotia's Highlands Links, which dates to 1939.
The Inn at Pasatiempo
THE DEAL Par 4 the Course Package: three nights in a Fireplace Suite at the Inn, along with three rounds at the famed Pasatiempo Golf Club.
THE GOLF The fact that Alister MacKenzie, designer of Augusta National and Cypress Point, built his home here speaks volumes. Tee times can be scarce—booking via the Inn is a smart play.
THE PRICE* $825 single room, $1,305 double.
CONTACT innatpasatiempo.com; 800-834-2546
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
THE DEAL Classic Thomas Golf Package: lodging at the Ojai Valley Inn; unlimited golf with cart.
THE GOLF George Thomas literally wrote the book on golden-age design, and his stylish layout at Ojai features two newly reclaimed "lost holes"—originals that vanished after WWII.
THE PRICE* From $255 per person, per night. Double occupancy. Two-night minimum Sun.-Thurs.
CONTACT ojairesort.com; 888-697-8780
Pebble Beach Resorts
THE DEAL Spa, Sea & Tee Escape: three nights in a luxury suite; six spa treatments; a round for two with caddies at Pebble Beach; use of a Lexus SC430 convertible for the stay.
THE GOLF Golf at Pebble needs little introduction, but the Neville/Grant classic fits squarely in the era of strategic design. This deal is an easy way to see the famed resort in high style.
THE PRICE* From $7,000 per couple.
CONTACT pebblebeach.com; 800-654-9300
THE DEAL Stay & Play: nightly lodging; one round at the Samoset Resort Golf Club; dinner at Marcel's, the resort's four-diamond restaurant.
THE GOLF Golf has been played along Penobscot Bay since 1902, and the recent makeover of the Samoset includes a new 18th that is one of the toughest finishers in New England.
THE PRICE* From $137 to $240 per person, per night.
CONTACT samoset.com; 800-341-1650
THE DEAL Classic Golf Getaway: two nights' lodging; three days' unlimited golf; complimentary golf cart for the first 18 holes each day; Sagamore Golf Club shirt.
THE GOLF This stately Lake George resort has spent two decades restoring its Donald Ross gem to the original blueprints—the result is a charming forest course in the old-school mode.
THE PRICE* From $410 per person.
CONTACT thesagamore.com; 800-358-3585
Pine Needles Lodge & Club
THE DEAL Donald Ross Package: 36 holes per day on Pine Needles and Mid-Pines; all meals included; carts and practice range complimentary; lodging at either club.
THE GOLF Pine Needles was recently restored by architect John Fought and will host the 2007 U.S. Women's Open; Mid-Pines is a charming, vintage gem.
THE PRICE* From $330 to $380 for two-night-minimum stay.
CONTACT pineneedles-midpines.com; 800-747-7272
The Equinox Resort & Spa
THE DEAL Unlimited Golf Package: Play from dawn to dusk. The package also includes pool and fitness facility access at the Avanyu Spa.
THE GOLF Walter Travis designed the resort's Gleneagles course in 1927. The ground game can be played to great effect here, but the plateau green of the par-four 13th demands more.
THE PRICE* From $259 per person.
CONTACT equinox.rockresorts.com; 888-367-7625
THE DEAL U.S. Open Package: Stay at The Homestead and play Virginia's top-rated course, then enjoy tickets and optional private jet service to the Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
THE GOLF William Flynn's Cascades course from 1923 is one of the finest mountain layouts in the country, perfect for a relaxing round before taking in the pitched battles down at No. 2.
THE PRICE* $700 per person per night; add $1,100 for the private jet service.
CONTACT thehomestead.com; 800-838-1766
White Sulphur Springs
THE DEAL Deluxe Golf Packages: unlimited play and use of practice range; preferred tee times; club cleaning and storage; complimentary locker and cart; breakfast and dinner daily.
THE GOLF The Greenbrier course, a Nicklaus redesign of Seth Raynor, has hosted the big events, but our favorite is the Old White (1913), a model of pure strategic golf from C.B. MacDonald.
THE PRICE* From $430 to $494 per person, per night.
CONTACT greenbrier.com; 800-624-6070
The Fairmont Banff Springs
THE DEAL Ultimate Golf: nightly lodging; 18 holes per day; golf academy; daily use of the Willow Stream spa; all gratuities included.
THE GOLF Banff's mountain vistas are tough to beat, especially from the tee of the 192-yard "Devil's Cauldron," one of the most glorious par threes you'll ever see.
THE PRICE* From $815 USD per person per night until October.
CONTACT fairmont.com/banffsprings; 403-762-2211
THE DEAL Variety Package: two nights' lodging; one round of golf at Highlands Links; a whale-watching cruise; gourmet dinner and full breakfast each day.
THE GOLF Considered by some to be the best course in all of Canada, Stanley Thompson's rugged Highlands Links stands apart for its thrilling mix of links and mountain holes.
THE PRICE* From $418 to $448 per person. Two-night-minimum stay.
CONTACT signatureresorts.com/keltic; 800-565-0444
*DETAILS ACCURATE AT PRESS TIME BUT SUBJECT TO CHANGE. BLACKOUT DATES MAY APPLY.