My wife and I are planning a spring golf trip. We love to travel abroad, but the exchange rate is working against us. Do you have any suggestions for a vacation where a dollar is still a dollar?
Sure. One place where that is literally true is Puerto Rico, which uses United States currency, so you won't even have to buy foreign money. The island boasts a number of excellent courses, the best of which is El Conquistador ($175–$200, elconresort.com), designed by Arthur Hills. Elevation changes of more than two hundred feet provide dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean (which you can see from fifteen holes) and of El Yunque National Forest.
Argentina uses the peso, but its exchange rate is 3:1 in favor of the dollar, so it's worth the plane ticket. Check out Alister MacKenzie's two layouts at the Jockey Club ($60–$105, jockeyclub.com.ar), and Olivos Golf Club ($35–$75, olivosgolf.cc), designed by MacKenzie's construction supervisor in South America, Luther Koontz.
A third option would be a domestic trip. Although Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (rtjgolf.com) is often regarded as a buddy-trip workhorse, certain spots on it offer the kind of resort amenities that appeal to couples. Try the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa at the northern tip of the trail (the Escape Golf package starts at $195 per night). You'll both want a little pampering after taking on the resort's two fearsome tracks, Fighting Joe and the Schoolmaster.