There is a lot to be said for staying and playing at one of Florida's big golf resorts. You're almost always guaranteed beautifully groomed courses and excellent service, as well as those other amenities only golf resorts can offer, like spa treatments.
For those of you who love being pampered at golf resorts, and don't mind paying for them, some of Florida's biggest are having deals right now.
- The Sandestin Resort in Northwest Florida is aiming at those looking for an extended weekend stay over the Martin Luther King holiday Jan. 15-17.
The first 50 guests who book and stay before Jan 17 get $200 off a two-night stay or longer. You can also get a free night for guests who buy three nights or more, and these two offers can be combined. Sandestin has four courses to choose from. Call 877-497-1817 for more info.
- The Waldorf Astoria Orlando has a new program called the Empire Club that includes rounds, spa treatments, overnight stays and meals for a year. It is transferrable and there are no dues or long-term obligations.
Different levels have different pricing. They start with the club level at $3,500. For that you get 24 rounds of golf at the Rees Jones designed layout, and 12 treatments at the resort spa.
- The Sawgrass Marriott has a New Year special offer. Package rates vary by when you arrive, and start at $595. You get a two-night stay, $60 resort credit and one round on the Stadium course, with a forecaddie, one round on the Valley course and a free "arrival round" on the Valley after 2 p.m. Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/eOa8tM
-- The Fairmont Turnberry, just north of Miami, is offering its "Fore the Love of Golf" package. This one includes lodging, unlimited daily golf, a forecaddie and cart fee for the first 18 holes and admission to the Willow Stream Spa.
You also get a daily buffet breakfast and other amenities. February package prices start at $460 per person per night. Call 305-932-6200 for more info.