Time to think about a fall golf vacation

Doral Resort
Courtesy of Doral Resort
The Doral Golf Resort & Spa is offering three end-of-summer escapes.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, September 01, 2012 | 11:45 p.m.

We’re smack in the middle of the Labor Day holiday weekend, and I hope everyone is getting out there and playing some golf. It’s also time to start thinking about taking a golf vacations this fall, and here are appealing options we’ve run across:

Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Miami, Fla.

The Doral Golf Resort & Spa is offering three end-of-summer escapes.

The Unlimited Championship Golf package offers a round of golf on the Red, Gold or McLean Course and unlimited replay rounds with an upgrade to the legendary TPC Blue Monster or Great White Course (surcharge applies) based on availability. It also features unlimited driving range use, golf course storage and spa access, plus an introductory golf clinic hosted by the Jim McLean Golf School and daily buffet. Rates start at $119 per person per night double occupancy and $169 per night single occupancy, and the deal is good through Oct. 7.

The Family Summer Fun package includes complimentary daily admission to Camp Doral (for kids 12 and under), a children's welcome amenity, complimentary use of the driving range, and daily resort activities. It also includes a $50 resort credit per stay, and kids can play golf for free all day with a paying adult. Valid through Sept. 30, the package starts at $139 per night and requires a two-night minimum.

The Spa Escape package includes one 50-minute spa treatment per night's stay, with a choice of Swedish Massage, Citrus Mango Body Scrub, Shiradahara, Custom Facial, or Express Manicure or Pedicure. Guests also enjoy unlimited use of spa amenities, full access to the resort's fitness classes, and buffet breakfast daily. Rates start at $149 per person per night for double occupancy and $199 for single occupancy. The package is valid through Oct. 7.

For more information, call 800-713-6725 or visit www.doralresort.com

Conley Resort & Golf
Butler, Pa.

From now through Sept. 30, the Conley Resort is offering stay-and-play packages that include lodging, two tee times daily with a cart and daily breakfast starting at $99.

Conley Resort & Golf is a 56-room, year-round resort that also includes the Pirates Cove indoor waterpark, a banquet room and an arcade.

For more information, call 800-344-7303 or visit http://www.conleyresort.com/

Black Butte Ranch
Black Butte Ranch, Ore.

Black Butte Ranch is hosting a special couples weekend of golf, food, wine an fun in its inaugural "Grapes & Golf" event, Sept. 21-23.

The Grapes & Golf weekend festivities include an opening wine and cheese reception (Friday evening), two tournament rounds of golf with cart, range balls each day, a four-course wine dinner, two breakfasts and a western barbecue awards luncheon (Sunday afternoon), plus prizes and gifts.

The entry fee is $590 per couple, not including on-site accommodations, which are available at a 15 percent discount off standard lodging rates. The event will be limited to 64 couples with entries accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Golf tournament participants must have a valid USGA handicap.

Saturday's round is scheduled for Glaze Meadow Golf Course, which reopened this summer after a $3.75 million renovation by architect John Fought. At 7,007 yards and set amidst striking strands of Ponderosa Pines and Aspen forests, Glaze Meadow now plays longer by more than 400 yards and features the rebuilding of all 18 greens and tee boxes and greatly improved sightlines and shotmaking options.

Sunday's round takes place on the 7,002-yard Big Meadow Course, a popular layout that has played host to numerous Oregon golf championships. The course, originally designed by Robert Muir Graves in 1970 and renovated by Damian Pascuzzo four years ago, provides a classic mountain golf experience.

For participants who wish to play a practice round on Friday, a special $55 per person rate is available, including cart and range balls. Starting times and choice of course are based on availability. For those staying at Black Butte Ranch, additional discounted rounds are available both before and after the event.

There are nearly 115 lodging properties at Black Butte Ranch to choose from, ranging from two-person hotel-style rooms to luxurious six-bedroom residences.

For more information, call 541-595-1536 or visit www.blackbutteranch.com.

La Costa Resort and Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.

The La Costa Resort and Spa is offering its new Gold Medal Unlimited Golf package.

The package includes accommodations in either luxury or suites; daily breakfast buffet at the Legends Bistro; unlimited golf, including shared cart (daily on available courses); unlimited range balls; complimentary club storage and service; complimentary "Course Tour" mobile-phone app; and 15 percent off golf shop merchandise.

Rates begin at $479 per room (double occupancy) or $389 per room (single occupancy)

Southern California's only Golf Magazine Gold Medal Resort, La Costa features 36 holes of championship-caliber play on the completely restored Champions Course, which hosted the legends of the game for more than 30 years, and slightly modified South Course, now home to the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic. La Costa's new Golf Squad, the roving on-course "caddies" who are at your service throughout the day, further enhance each round.

For more information, call 800-854-5000 or visit www.lacosta.com.

Academy of Golf at Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort
Orlando, Fla.

From now through Oct. 31, when you buy a golf school session at the Academy of Golf at Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort, you get a second school for free – a savings of up to $2,800.

The Grand Cypress "Buy One Golf School - Get One Free" is a flexible 2-for-1 offer for golfers of all skill levels and applies to your choice of one-, two- and three-day schools for men and women. The deal is designed to encourage friends and couples to learn together at one of the top 25 golf schools in America, but it is also available to a single golfer who wants double the experience by attending a second golf school.

Rated among the nation's elite golf schools every year since 1999, the Academy of Golf is home to five of the top 40 instructors in Florida. The teaching programs at the Academy of Golf serve every skill level, from beginner to tour pro, and are designed to produce results, while making the process fun.

The 21-acre campus is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technologies, including SwingModel video analysis, the wearable K-Vest wireless data recording system, Signature Club Fitting, a SAM Puttlab and the exclusive TaylorMade Performance Lab.

For more information, call 407-239-1975 or visit http://www.grandcypress.com/golf_academy/