Scottsdale's JW Marriott Camelback G.C. (13th hole at the Ambiente Course, shown) is among the courss offering discounted rates to college students. (Lonna Tucker)
Marriott's College Links program is designed to give students a break. The program allows college students to play at the nearly two dozen participating Marriott Golf properties nationwide from now through June 1, 2015.
Students showing their college ID after 3 p.m. will be charged a discounted twilight rate ($29-$69) plus a twilight voucher for a future round.
Go to collegegolflinks.com for the complete list of participating courses.
The basic building blocks of barbecue are universal -- ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage and chicken. The genius is in the execution, and Texas has no shortage of geniuses.
OK, just kidding about that last one. That said, the North Koreans are promoting travel to their country, including golf excursions.
“Under a new policy, North Korea has set a goal of luring 1 million tourists, although it has not set a time frame for doing so,” Anna Fifield, Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post wrote from North Korea earlier this week. “The handful of tour operators here are offering an increasingly diverse array of experiences — including skiing, cycling and golf.”
A Chinese tour operator, Ctrip, offers a “5-Day North Korea Leisure Golf Tour,” though “golf tour” is a stretch. Only one round of golf is included in the tour, on North Korea’s only golf, on the shores of T’aesong-ho Lake, where Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il, shot 38-under par, including 11 aces, in the first round he ever played. The photo above (the only one available) was taken from the North Korean Amateur Golf Open website.
The trip does include a variety of tours, including one of the USS Pueblo, the U.S. Navy intelligence gather ship that the North Koreans captured ion 1968, and another of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. The cost for this tour, which starts in Bejing, is roughly $2,000.
A strong word of caution, however. The Department of State, in its latest travel warning issued in May, “strongly recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK) Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizen tourists have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention.”
"[T]our operators report that the number of Americans visiting the country has dropped noticeably since two American tourists, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, were detained in April," Fifield wrote. "Both have been charged with 'hostile acts' and Miller is set to go to trial Sunday."
First Minister Alex Salmond and the pro-independence movement have refused to say what currency an independent Scotland would use. The Pound or the Euro?
Should they choose independence, Scotland wouldn't technically have the option to adopt the pound sterling -- Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly ruled-out that possibility as a way of pressuring Scotland to stay in the union -- but that could potentially change if the Conservative Party gets ousted in the next election.
In any case, anyone who has been overseas in the last year knows that the dollar hasn't exactly humming compared to the pound. One British pound currently equals $1.61, which is much better than earlier this summer when the pound was pushing a 1-to-2 ratio and making a Scottish golf trip cost prohibitive.
The Euro, Scotland's option for currency in an independent future, is closer to the dollar, at one Euro equaling $1.29.
Already, the independence movement's recent momentum has led to a 3-percent decline in the pound to the dollar over the last week, reports Mike Peacock of Reuters. So if nothing else, the vote has already had an impact. And yes, there are weightier issues in this battle over Scotland’s future, including what independence might do to the world economy. But when we’re talking about the possibility of a more affordable trip to the Home of Golf, we can dream can’t we?
Vacation packager MaineGolfandStay.com is offering a variety of fall getaway hotel and green-fee combinations starting at $99.95 per night per person. If your tastes run toward the historic, pick a round at the Donald Ross-designed gem Penobscot Valley Country Club in central Maine. Or, tick off a “Best of” box and play the top-100 Sunday River Golf Club in nearby Newry. Two fine Brian Silva designs -- Old Marsh Country Club and Falmouth Country Club -- are also options.
Rates change based on how fancy you like your hotel. Stay at the four-star Bethel Inn -- which opened in 1913 to board well-heeled patients from a nearby sanitarium -- and the packages are about $210. The Hollywood Hotel and Casino and Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor are less expensive options.
You probably won’t be getting beach weather, but you should see plenty of sun and temperatures in the mid-60s during the day. Just keep in mind Maine’s position on the eastern side of the time zone. It starts to get dark -- and chilly -- early.Follow @RudyWriter