Southern Swing

There is a lot to be said for spending the summer in Florida, especially for those clients with a fondness for hitting the links. Here are a few packages to keep in mind for clients during the warmer months:  The 17th hole at Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village (

This St. Augustine, FL, property, which is in the final stages of a $10 million renovation, is offering a "Florida Champions Golf Package." The package includes accommodations for two nights in a newly remodeled guest room, two tickets to the World Golf Hall of Fame, golf for two on the resort's King & Bear course and golf for two on the resort's Slammer & Squire championship course. The package is based on double occupancy and is subject to availability. Prices start at $555 per person from May 12-31; $454 per person in June; $416 per person in July or August; and $436 per person in September. Weekend or holiday surcharges may apply. For reservations, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000. The Inn on Fifth features beautiful terraces to enhance the view

When golf enthusiasts aren't playing a round, this property offers accommodations to suit any type of clientele. For views of the rolling golf courses and lake, tell your clients to opt for rooms 23 through 38. For romantics, the best sunset views are in rooms 27 through 31. The contact for travel agents at the resort is Director of Sales and Marketing Scott Selvaggi ([email protected], 904-940-8631).

Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort (

In Ponte Vedra Beach, this property is offering golf enthusiasts several packages for the summer months. Guests who opt for the Play Where the Players Play golf package will receive three-night accommodations in Marriott's Revive guest room, two rounds of golf on The Players Stadium Course, use of a TPC Sawgrass fore-caddie, TPC Sawgrass welcome amenity, one round of golf on Dye's Valley Course, one-hour lesson at the Tour Academy and one free arrival round on Dye's Valley. The package starts at $295 per person, per night from May 24-August 29, 2008.

Also of note, the property recently completed a renovation that saw the addition of an Irish bar and a revamped lobby area. It was also the site of the 2008 Players championship. If sending clients to Sawgrass, call Reservations Manager Jane Farve ([email protected], 904-280-7049).

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island (

This luxury property is offering the Fairways and Greens package through December 31. Starting at $619 a night, guests who pick this deal receive overnight accommodations in a coastal view room, breakfast for two in Café 4750 or in-room dining, up to two rounds of golf on one golf course (choice of Golf Club of Amelia Island or the Golf Club at North Hampton), green fees and shared cart. The hotel will contact your client 30 days prior to arrival to arrange tee times. Going North for Golf

For those clients who like to pair spa pampering with a few rounds, the Ritz-Carlton also has the Golf and Spa Getaway package. Also available through December 31, and starting at $599, the deal includes most of the Fairways and Greens offerings but also a choice of one 60-minute after-sports massage for men or 60-minute sports massage for women; unlimited use of spa facilities; and overnight valet parking.

The Club Garden View Suites are the best rooms to book at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These rooms feature private balconies and ocean views and include access to the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club. The best person for agents to contact is Transient Reservations Coordinator Sarah Kirkley (904-277-1100, ext. 1202).

The Inn on Fifth (

This intimate Naples property is offering a Tee for Two golf package. Guests can play on Hammock Bay and Tiburon, both semi-private courses. Also included are two nights in deluxe accommodations, cart and green fees. The package starts at $366 for one golfer and $494 for two.

The best rooms to book are the inn's four Terrace Suites, which open on to terraces overlooking Naples' Fifth Avenue. Clients should contact Kerry Durand (239-280-2703).

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