Enjoy autumn colors, crisp air and awesome golf at these North American resorts
Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
The Deal: Golf and Grotto Vacation Package: valleyside accommodations; one round of golf at Red Sky Ranch; one fifty-minute Bachelor Gulch signature massage or facial.
The Golf: Ritz-Carlton guests can access the private Red Sky Ranch, just fifteen minutes down the road, which features two immaculate eighteens by Greg Norman and Tom Fazio. Both take advantage of the majestic Vail Valley.
The Price: From $585 per night until September 27; from $440 September 28 through October 21.
Contact: ritzcarlton.com 970-748-6200
The Deal: Classic Golf Getaway: two nights accommodation in either the Lodges or the main hotel; unlimited golf for three days, with cart; Sagamore Golf Club shirt.
The Golf: It's hard not to love the Sagamore's vintage Donald Ross course, with its clever, walkable routing and sparkling view of Lake George. After golf, hit the water in one of the resort's Colgate 26 sailboats, or learn how to set the spinnaker at a sailing clinic.
The Price: From $362 per person per night. Available from September 5 through October 31.
Contact: thesagamore.com 800-358-3585`
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
The Deal: Drive for Show Package: two nights lodging; a Nike Sasquatch driver custom-fit by a PGA professional; one round of golf per night on Pete Dye's Mystic Rock and unlimited play on the Links; preferred tee times.
The Golf: The resort is not renewing its contract for the PGA Tour's 84 Lumber Classic, so this fall may be the last opportunity to play Mystic Rock at its toughest. And autumn is a great time to see Frank Lloyd Wright's legendary Fallingwater, twelve miles away.
The Price: Accommodations from $900 to $1,220. Available September 19 through October 31.
Contact: nemacolin.com 800-422-2736
Sea Pines Resort and Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Deal: Best of the Low Country Package: two nights each at Sea Pines and Kiawah Island; two rounds of golf at each resort, including one at Harbour Town and one on the Ocean course; transfer between resorts.
The Golf: A sweet package made possible by the fact that these two resorts recently came under the same ownership. Here's a great way to try your hand on two of Pete Dye's best: the windswept Ocean course and the tight, strategic Harbour Town.
The Price: From $1,450 per person. Available through November 18.
Contact: seapines.com; kiawahresort.com 888-728-3171
Barton Creek Resort
The Deal: Hill Country Golf/Spa Package: lodging and breakfast; one round per day on the Crenshaw Cliffside or Palmer Lakeside courses, or your choice of several fifty-minute spa treatments.
The Golf: Barton Creek launched an excellent caddie program last year—all the better for guests to enjoy the resort's four courses. The two Tom Fazio layouts here are available at an upcharge. For a swing fix on site, head to the seasoned Chuck Cook Golf Academy.
The Price: From $305 per person per night. Available September 8 through November 18.
Contact: bartoncreek.com 800-336-6158
Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Deal: Green Mountain Golf Weekend: two nights lodging; three days unlimited golf with cart; breakfast each day. If the late October weather holds up, this could be the ideal end to the season.
The Golf: When you think of fall colors, you think of Vermont. The golf course at Woodstock Inn, which dates to 1895 and was later revamped by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is on the "sporty" side (just 6,000 yards), but who cares?This is leaf-peeper heaven!
The Price: From $306 per person per night. Available October 22 through November 2.
Contact: woodstockinn.com 800-448-7900
The Resort at Port Ludlow
The Deal: Ultimate Stay & Play Golf Package: overnight lodging; unlimited golf for two with cart and range balls; $50 credit at the Harbormaster Seafood or the Fireside restaurants; $100 spa credit.
The Golf: Just over an hour from downtown Seattle (a half-hour ferry ride followed by a half-hour drive), Port Ludlow has twenty-seven holes by Robert Muir Graves. The best nine is the Trail course, with its views of Puget Sound and Mount Baker.
The Price: From $289 per person per night. Available through October 31.
Contact: portludlowresort.com 877-805-0868
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia
The Deal: Golf for Free Package: one night's accommodation; two individual rounds of golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club; unlimited use of the practice facility.
The Golf: Whistler's Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout cuts through a vast evergreen forest and features more than 400 feet of elevation change. This might be the narrow-yet-magical window where it's possible to play golf and ski in the same day.
The Price: From $230 per person per night. Available September 25 through October 9.
Contact: fairmont.com/whistler 800-257-7544
*Details accurate at press time but subject to change. Blackout dates may apply. Prices based on double occupancy.