They tour, you swing

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A week of golf while the family...

March 12, 2000

They tour, you swing; A week of golf while the family sees the sights

Good news for golfers with nongolfing spouses: SGH Golf Inc. specializes in custom vacations that get you back in the swing while keeping your loved ones pampered and busy.

Trips to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal and England all include a week of golf on premier courses, along with plenty of off-course sights to occupy those less enamored of the links. If you don't venture beyond the 19th hole, your family can tell you all about their charming excursions on the flight home.

SGH also offers trips that get you close to the pros. Packages include the U.S. Open, the Masters and the British Open.

Prices begin at $1,400 and go to nearly $8,000. Call 800-284-8884 for information, or go to www.sghgolf.com.

D.C. for families

A new offering by Fodor's, "Around Washington, DC With Kids," lists "68 great things to do together," from building volcanoes at the Discovery Creek Children's Museum to checking out stuffed animals representative of mid-Atlantic fauna at Rock Creek Park.

The guide gives tips to parents that include how to cut costs, when to beat the rush, transportation options and a list of kid-friendly eateries. Oh, and there's a car-games section in the back to keep young minds occupied during the drive so parents might not have to hear, "Are we there yet?" The book is available for $10 at most major bookstores or by calling 800-533-6478.

Antiquing in Massachusetts A trip to the light fantastic

If exploring out-of-the-way New England towns sounds like just the thing for a spring getaway, check out "Massachusetts Inns and Outs: A Guide to Country Inns and Antiquing." The guide is organized by region, and showcases cozy accommodations (most have fewer than 10 rooms) and more than 300 antiques shops. For the serious shopper, information is provided about the shops' hours and specialties, and contact numbers are included.

The free guide is available by calling the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism at 800-227-6277.

A trip to the light fantastic

Ballroom Vermont's "Dance Camp for Grown-ups" gives adults the chance to relive their footloose and fancy-free days July 23-28. The camp offers some basics you'll remember from childhood (hiking, swimming and the great outdoors) and adds a few adult updates (indoor plumbing, a wine and cheese social and lots of dancing). Instruction is given in the American style of six major dances: fox trot, waltz, tango, rumba, cha-cha and swing.

You might have to pack a little differently this time around. T-shirts and sneakers won't cut it for the camp ball.

The $2,099 price per couple and $1,199 price for singles includes lodging, breakfast, dinner and group lessons. For information, call 800-242-8785 or go to the camp's Web site: www.ballroomdancecamp.com.

Tricia Bishop

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