If you have played the East Course at Fort Lauderdale’s Bonaventure Country Club in recent years, it’s time to head back.
If you have never played it at all, now it’s time to make the trip.
The acclaimed course underwent a renovation last fall and winter, adding TifEagle Bermuda greens, redesigned bunkers and more manicured fairways; coupled with a new pro shop and locker rooms. The East Course’s makeover is part of a larger multi-million-dollar renovation taking place at Bonaventure Resort & Spa later this year – but the Resort is welcoming guests now with its “19th Hole Golf Escape” package.
You can be among the new visitors to the renovated East Course with a package that includes accommodations, welcome cocktails, golf, tailgate boxed lunch, daily breakfast at Banyan Restaurant, 20 percent off spa treatments at the resorts’s new Alaya Spa and guaranteed 4 p.m. late check out. (I love that, it's perfect for that getaway-day round when you’d like to freshen up in the privacy of your room before hitting the road.)
Rates are based on double occupancy and vary by dates. For more information or to reserve, call 1-800-327-8090 or visit Bonaventure Resort’s website.
- The historic Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, built in 1925 by Donald Ross, has a package starting at $354 per night (single or double occupancy), including unlimited play on the course and full use of the practice facility. For more information, visit The Biltmore’s website.
- The Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, which hosts the pros every March in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, is offering a "Bucket List" package including a lodge room, full breakfast and choice of a round of golf or spa treatment. Guests also receive a gift upon check-in and an umbrella pin, for $171-$263 per person per night based on double occupancy, plus taxes, with pricing varying with the seasons. For reservations, call 888-422-9445 or visit www.bayhill.com.
- The Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando is offering a “Tee To Green” all-inclusive package, where one flat rate includes accommodations, unlimited daily play on 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf, all meals including room service and on-course hospitality carts, resort fees and other activities. The package starts at $515 per person per night (double occupancy) through April, and then is priced from $375 through September. For more information, call 877-330-7377 or see the website.
- A good place to start if you're looking for Northeast Florida deals is Florida's First Coast of Golf, a not-for-profit that exists to promote all the great golf from Amelia Island to Palm Coast and all points in between. Bookmark their deals page and check it regularly for a variety of stay-and-plays.