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Players' Choices | January 2003

THE PLACE ALABAMA: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Mobile
THE DEAL Two two-night, two-round Mardi Gras packages: at Homewood Suites by Hilton and RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove; or at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort and Lakewood Golf Club.
THE GOLF The RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove boasts two full-size courses and a fun par-3 track. Half of Lakewood's 36 holes were designed by Perry Maxwell of Southern Hills fame.
THE PRICE $255 at Homewood; $180 at Marriott (both per person, double occupancy). Valid February 14-March 15.
CONTACT 800-725-5902; fairwaysgolftravel.com

THE PLACE ARIZONA: Gainey Suites Hotel; Summerfield Suites, Scottsdale
THE DEAL The Winter/Spring Value package includes four days/three nights in a one-bedroom suite at either property and three rounds from among five area Troon clubs.
THE GOLF Whirlwind Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club, Legend Trail, Talking Stick and Estrella Mountain Ranch.
THE PRICE $825 per person, double occupancy. Includes all taxes and service fees. Valid through April 6.
CONTACT 800-497-0938; troongolfvacations.com

THE PLACE BRITISH ISLES
THE DEAL InterGolf Vacations is offering 18 self-drive itineraries for under $2,000. All include six nights accommodations, breakfasts, rental car, starting times and greens fees.
THE GOLF A sampling from various itineraries: St. Andrews, Royal County Down, Ballyliffin, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal Birkdale, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Royal Dornoch.
THE PRICE Dates and prices vary.
CONTACT 800-468-0051; intergolfvacations.com

THE PLACE CALIFORNIA: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
THE DEAL Tee for Two package includes overnight coastal-view room and two rounds of golf. Rejuvenation for the Swing and Soul package adds two one-hour massages.
THE GOLF Arthur Hills designed the parkland Ocean and recently redesigned the links-style Old; both offer Pacific views.
THE PRICE $595, Tee for Two; $795, Rejuvenation (both prices for two people; year-round). Includes taxes and tips.
CONTACT 800-241-3333; ritzcarlton.com

THE PLACE GEORGIA: Renaissance PineIsle Resort, Lake Lanier
THE DEAL Unlimited Golf package includes overnight stay, unlimited golf for two (on arrival and departure days), breakfast and 20 percent off all pro-shop merchandise.
THE GOLF This 6,596-yard Gary Player-Ron Kirby & Associates design hosted the LPGA's Nestle World Championships and boasts eight holes along Lake Lanier.
THE PRICE $125 for two people, single or double occupancy. Valid through March 15.
CONTACT 770-945-8921; renaissancehotels.com

THE PLACE IRELAND: Druids Glen Marriott Hotel, County Wicklow
THE DEAL Weekday and weekend packages include two nights at this new hotel, full Irish breakfast and a round at the Druids Glen course.
THE GOLF This 7,026-yard parkland track is a four-time host of the Irish Open. Offers close proximity to Dublin and nearby courses such as Portmarnock and the European Club.
THE PRICE $142 (Sun.-Thurs.), $270 (Fri.-Sat.), per person, double occupancy; extra rounds, nights and meals available. Valid through April 1.
CONTACT 800-228-9290; marriott.com

THE PLACE NORTH CAROLINA: Pinehurst Resort
THE DEAL The Winter Escape includes one-night stay, full breakfast, multicourse dinner and a round on No. 4, No. 6 or No. 8; or a one-hour treatment at the new spa.
THE GOLF Tom Fazio's 7,117-yard No. 4 has over 140 bunkers; his 6,698-yard Donald Ross-like No. 8 sports sloping greens and false fronts.
THE PRICE $185 per person, double occupancy, excludes tax or service. Valid through February 28.
CONTACT 800-487-4653; pinehurst.com

THE PLACE PUERTO RICO: Wyndham El Conquistador Resort, Las Croabas
THE DEAL Advantage package includes deluxe ocean-view room, one daily round or 50-minute treatment at the resort's Golden Door Spa, daily spa membership fees and more.
THE GOLF Arthur Hills's picturesque 6,662-yarder features 200-foot elevation changes and daunting hills and bunkers.
THE PRICE $599 per room per night for two people. Tax and tariff included. Three night minimum stay. Valid January 2-April 20.
CONTACT 800-996-3426; wyndham.com

THE PLACE SOUTH CAROLINA: Kiawah Island Resorts
THE DEAL The Prestige Ocean Course Golf package includes three nights stay and four rounds or two nights and three rounds; both include a round on the Ocean course with forecaddie.
THE GOLF Five courses: Osprey Point, Oak Point, Turtle Point, Cougar Point and the Ocean course, designed and recently renovated by Pete Dye.
THE PRICE Through Feb. 9, three nights at $212 each or two at $236. Fees then increase through March 9. Rates per person for four in four-bedroom home.
CONTACT 888-854-2924; kiawahgolf.com

THE PLACE SOUTH CAROLINA: Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island
THE DEAL Harbour Town Winter Golf Special includes three nights stay and three rounds from among the three Sea Pines courses. Cart, greens fees and taxes are included.
THE GOLF Sea Marsh, Ocean and famed Harbour Town Golf Links, renovated in 2000 by its codesigner, Pete Dye.
THE PRICE $450 per golfer based on four golfers in a two-bedroom villa. Good through March 3.
CONTACT 800-732-7463; seapines.com

THE PLACE VIRGINIA: Woodlands Hotel & Suites, Williamsburg
THE DEAL Winter Warm-Up Golf package includes deluxe guest room, daily continental breakfast, 45-minute semiprivate lesson and one round at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
THE GOLF The tough, traditional Gold track (January's package course) is a Robert Trent Jones design renovated by Rees Jones in 1998; the longer, easier Green (February's) is a Rees original.
THE PRICE Starts at $99 per person per night (two-night minimum), based on double occupancy. Good through February 28.
CONTACT 800-501-0113; colonialwilliamsburg.com

THE PLACE WEST INDIES: Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
THE DEAL The Caribbean Golf Vacation includes seven nights in a deluxe room, daily breakfast and dinner for two, unlimited golf, one half-hour private lesson per person and more.
THE GOLF The resort's Robert Trent Jones Jr. course plays 6,766 yards from the tips and offers views of the resort, the Caribbean and neighboring St. Kitts.
THE PRICE $7,405-$8,035 per room based on double occupancy, excluding tax or service fees. Good January 4-April 20.
CONTACT 800-332-3442; fourseasons.com

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