Friday deals: A virtual free-room deal at World Woods

World Woods' Pine Barrens course is nationally ranked -- and cheap on a stay-and-play deal right now.

Anyone who has ever visited World Woods Golf Club can tell you it’s a bit remote, some 60 miles north of Tampa.

That's blissful from a golf standpoint, but from an overnight standpoint it can be a little arduous. There are no hotels on the property (amen) and the nearest ones are a ways away in Homosassa Springs or Brooksville.

World Woods has recognized that in recent years by offering villas six miles from the club’s front door and putting together some great packages.

There’s one right now for September and October starting at $79 per person, based on quad occupancy between Sunday and Wednesday nights . The two-day, one-night golf package includes two rounds, range balls and a package lunch. A full non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking.

How good a deal is this? Weekday rounds this time of year at World Woods are $40, so you’re basically getting a free room and lunch.

Call Susan Burkel at 352-796-5500 ext. 22 to make reservations.

More deals

Atlantis Country Club in Atlantis (south of West Palm Beach) has reopened after a close for renovations and is offering a $29 rate every day through Sept. 16. The rate is $25 after 2 p.m. Call the club at 561-968-1300.

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club is offering a coupon book with $500 in savings for visitors through Dec. 30. Discounts can be used at the World Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Tour Golf Academy and Tour Stop store, plus on food, merchandise and club rentals at the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire golf courses. Call 888-740-7020 or visit the resort’s website for more information and special hotel rates for October and November.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is offering "The Raven Experience" featuring two rounds of golf including one on its acclaimed Raven course. Among the extras in the package are free day-of-play replay rounds. Packages start at $165 per person, per night, through Oct. 31. Call 855-240-3515 and mention code "DM4GLF."

Turnberry Isle Miami has a package for a full weekend of game-sharpening, led by PGA Teacher of the Year Gary Knapp, running every weekend through Sept. 30. Priced at $880 for two guests, the deal includes eight hours of instruction over two days and two rounds of golf on the resort's two 18-hole courses. Accommodations are available with nightly rates starting at $119. For more information, call 305-933-6929 or visit their website.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami has a package starting at $119 per person (double occupancy) that includes rounds on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature Course plus unlimited replay rounds (with cart fees), an introductory golf clinic from the Jim McLean Golf School and more. Deal runs through Oct. 7, then goes to $219 from Oct. 8 to Dec. 21. Course upgrades to the TPC Blue Monster or Great White Course are available for a surcharge. For more information or to book, call 800-71-DORAL or visit their website.

Perdido Key is offering up to $200 in American Express gift cards for visitors through Sept. 30, register at its “You Play” website before Sept. 10. Lost Key Golf Club and Perdido Bay Golf Club are ready and waiting for you.

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