True golf addicts know no season. But those who are merely mildly insane about the game welcome the arrival of April and begin to think of golf-related trips, including those in warmer destinations. Here are a few possibilities:
Litchfield Plantation on Pawley's Island, S.C., within five miles of nine championship courses, has a Golf Retreat for Couples beginning at $764-$900 for two nights. In addition to accommodations at the 600-acre resort, participants get a four-course gourmet dinner, breakfast, one round of golf per person (including cart) at Willbrook Plantation Golf Club, as well as a round at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Call 800-869-1410 or go to litch fieldplantation.com.
Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, has added the ESPN Golf Schools to its golf programs. Golfers can choose from a variety of instructional programs, ranging from one- to three-day packages at various prices. For example, a three-day Resort School that emphasizes all aspects of the game will be offered June 16 and Aug. 25 for $1,995 or $2,495 with accommodations. Go to samosetresort.com or call 800-341-1650.
You can combine a cruise with a lot of golfing on Norwegian Cruise Line's Golf Hawaii Program. The new Pride of Aloha cruise ship coordinates shore time so that you can play at courses on four islands in seven days. Cruises begin at $799, with golf packages $910 per person. Call 888-NCL-HAWAII (625-4292) or go to ha waii.ncl.com.
Also in Hawaii, the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel on Maui has a new 19th Hole package, available year-round. It includes a three-night stay, car rental, daily breakfast for two, and one round per person at one of the Ka'anapali golf courses with a complimentary cocktail afterward. The price is $999. Call 800-262-8450 or go to www.kbhmaui.com.
In St. Augustine, Fla., World Golf Village's new vacation package, Fit for Golf, includes two nights at World Golf Village; a private tour of the World Golf Hall of Fame; two rounds of golf; tickets for the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater and more. Prices start at $475 per person, including taxes and service charges. Call 800-WGV-GOLF or go to wgv.com.