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There are two recreational activities in this quiet, posh Gulf Coast enclave: sitting on the beach listening to the sound of interest compounding, and golf. Quality public choices, however, are surprisingly limited. So booking a comfy room at the new Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort (800-241-3333) is a no-brainer. Spend the weekend enjoying white-glove Ritz service and two dandy Greg Norman designs at the sporty, fun and tough Tiburón Golf Club, where waste areas of crushed coquina shells and marshland define the fairways. When time permits, take the shuttle to the resort's beachfront hotel and enjoy a few hours in its world-class spa.

Also worthy is the elegant Edgewater Beach Hotel & Club (800-821-0196) near Old Naples. Guests here can enjoy ocean views, equally classy surroundings and service, as well as gaining entrée to Rees Jones's wonderful Naples Grande Golf Club. Although three miles inland, Naples Grande is filled with water hazards, not to mention nests of bunkers and tropical undergrowth. Jones somehow managed to add to the mix a babbling brook, two cliffside greens, a number of raised tees and other more subtle elevation changes that give the course a Carolina feel. Raymond Floyd's Raptor Bay Golf Club (877-924-7529) at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa (239-444-1234) in Bonita Springs, just north of Naples, is another attractive option.

The sidewalks roll up early in Naples. Zoe's (941-403-0083) on Fifth Avenue South has an American luxury-cuisine menu—beluga caviar, quail and the like—and live music on weekends; across the street, McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill (941-403-7170) offers Guinness on draft and hearty pub fare. Ridgway Bar & Grill (941-262-5500) on Thirteenth Avenue South or Maxwell's on the Bay (941-263-1662), which sports pleasing water views, are also worth a shot.

TPC AT SAWGRASS (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach; 800-457-4653.
Yardage/Slope: 6,954/149.
Greens Fees: $140-$275.
Architect: Pete Dye, 1980.
T&L Golf Rating: *****

BAY HILL CLUB (Championship), Orlando; 888-422-9445.
Yardage/Slope: 7,239/139.
Greens Fee: Complimentary with golf package.
Architects: Dick Wilson, 1961; revised by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay.
T&L Golf Rating: ****

NAPLES GRANDE GOLF CLUB, Naples; 800-821-0196.
Yardage/Slope: 7,078/143.
Greens Fees: $75-$175.
Architect: Rees Jones, 2000.
T&L Golf Rating: ****

GRAND CYPRESS GOLF CLUB (New), Orlando; 800-835-7377.
Yardage/Slope: 6,693/122.
Greens Fees: $115-$175.
Architect: Jack Nicklaus, 1988.
T&L Golf Rating: *** 1/2

TIBURÓN GOLF CLUB (Gold), Naples; 888-387-8417.
Yardage/Slope: 7,288/137.
Greens Fees: $80-$215.
Architect: Greg Norman, 2000.
T&L Golf Rating: *** 1/2

TPC AT SAWGRASS (Valley), Ponte Vedra Beach; 800-457-4653.
Yardage/Slope: 6,864/130.
Greens Fees: $110-$170.
Architects: Pete Dye, Jerry Pate, Bobby Weed, 1987.
T&L Golf Rating: *** 1/2


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