Where am I? I'm enjoying the comforts of the North Shore of Oahu for my ninth annual Christmas trip to spend time with my brother and his family. I'll be playing both courses at Turtle Bay all week. I just looked at the listed rates; right now visitors can play the Palmer for $175 ($110 after 2:00 p.m.) and the (George) Fazio course for $125/$75. The twilight rates are what they're worth, but it's Christmas week and Turtle Bay doesn't have much competition on the North Shore.
Luckily for me I know about the Kahuku Golf Course, which is just down the street from Turtle Bay. Kahuku is a 9-hole course with more holes along the ocean than Turtle Bay's Fazio and Palmer combined. Locals pay $12 for 18 holes during the week; I pay $24.
On the subject of reasonable green fees and sweet deals, here's another list of e-mails I've received recently:
__Pinehurst, North Carolina:
Every year Pinehurst produces a perfectly cheesy way to give away good deals during the holiday season:
__Palm Beach Gardens, Florida:
The PGA National Resort & Spa is offering a round of golf, a night of lodging, breakfast and practice balls for $269. Book it before Dec. 24th for a trip from Jan. 1—April 18 and get same day replay rounds for free. Click here for more information.
Bayonet Black Horse, the 36-hole facility on the Monterey Peninsula announced a renewed "stay-and-play" package with the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay. Prices start at $234 for weekdays and weekends (single/double occupancy), which includes one 18-hole green fee, cart and range balls. Click here for more information.
I'm always loving on Barton Creek, but with the facility they have, near a city like Austin and the deals they offer, they deserve it. Click here for more information.
From Dec. 26—January 16th, play the Stadium and the Champions courses at TPC Scottsdale for $300 (instead of $435.50). Click here for more information.
__Kiawah Island, South Carolina:
There's a long list of special events at Kiawah, including the Fifth Annual Friendship Cup (March 3—6) and the Sixth Annual Women's Golf Getaway (March 10—13). Click here for more information.
Perry Golf has listed some reasonable packages that include playing courses such as Ballybunion, Portrush and Royal County Down. Click here for more information.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. Or, as they say in Hawaii, "Mele Kalikimaka":
*(If you come across what you consider a good deal on golf, click here to send it my way. I'd be happy to pass it on.)