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The Greens: There are three golf courses: the 18-hole Cascades Course, designed by William S. Flynn and offering challenging links that use the varied terrain to “influence play, not to dictate it,” the resort says; the Old Course, completed in 1892, and home to the nation’s oldest first tee in continuous use; and the Lower Cascades, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1963 and featuring the designer’s trademark runway tee boxes, wide-open fairways, severe green contouring with exaggerated breaks, and strategically placed bunkers.

The Amenities: A lot of new goodies are rolling out this summer, but for travelers who head out to the resort sooner, they’ll still find plenty of things to keep them busy including mineral-fed hot springs pools that Thomas Jefferson himself once enjoyed; a turn-of-the-century theater with nightly showings of classic titles; a kids’ club and traditional Virginia- style dining. Most fun, however, are the family hay rides and access to the onsite tennis academy and paintball course.

The Scene: The Homestead is for the true outdoorsman, with archery; falconry; off-road adventure on the resort’s own course; a gun club; hiking and biking through the surrounding mountains; canoeing on the Jackson River; equestrian activities; and skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling, and snow tubing during the winter.

The Rates: The Stay & Play package includes one round of golf on the Old Course or Lower Cascades pp per night; use of resort driving range and range balls; $85 pp charge to upgrade to the Cascades Course; and accommodations with rates starting at $325 per room dbl.

Contact: (800) 838-1766;

the inn at palmetto bluff

The Property: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Resort, located in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, between Charleston and Savannah, GA, in Bluffton, SC, features 50 tastefully decorated guest cottages—including eight 1-bedroom cottage suites—ranging in size from 1,140 to 1,340 sq. ft. Guests will feel right at home in these accommodations, which honor the heritage of Lowcountry architecture—wide pine-plank floors, vaulted ceilings and fireplaces— and offer views of the river and the interior islands from their screened porches…all framed by ancient maritime forests, teeming wetlands and a delightful riverfront.

The Greens: The onsite 18-hole, 7,171-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Course weaves its way through the May River Forest with several holes on the riverbanks. It features wide, inviting fairways with strategic bunkers and natural waste areas, and as the hotel says, the Champion Bermuda greens, well guarded by white-sand bunkers, will “test your nerves, while gently undulating slopes challenge your putting skills.”

The Amenities: Due to its location at the Village at Palmetto Bluff, the Inn offers more than its fair share of delightful goodies, including a spa set amidst waterways, lush gardens and moss-laden oak trees. The resort celebrates its heritage in its dining options with a menu that draws ingredients from the May River, the Lowcountry and the South. Wine and culinary aficionados will love the Music to Your Ears experience, which gathers a cavalry of culinarians, winemakers, musicians and artists to accentuate the abundance of ingredients from the resort’s surrounding waters, woods and local farms.