Grand Golf Resorts of Florida offer “Ballot Busting” rates

Saving big on a room at Hammock Beach may mean taking two shots at Jack Nicklaus' tremendous Ocean Course (pictured, No. 15).

A popular sale tactic for hotels and resorts are “flash” sales, where excellent discounts are available for a very limited time. But if you snooze, you lose.

Salamander Hotels and Resorts, owners of the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida trio of Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast and Reunion Resort in Orlando, are offering a twist on the theme with “Ballot Busting” rates that allow some flexibility in decision-making—but the early birds still get the best deal.

The dates and rates—based on the fact that Sept. 17 is 50 days from the general election and Florida is likely to play is a big part—are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (50 days until the election) – 50 percent savings for 50 hours, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 (35 days until the election) – 35 percent savings for 35 hours, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 (20 days until the election) – 20 percent savings for 20 hours, starting at 8 a.m.

Rates are discounted from a standard rate and include villa accommodations. A two-night minimum stay is required. Taxes are not included while additional restrictions may apply. Travel is valid from the date of purchase until Dec. 30, 2012.

Of course, saving money on accommodations means more money for golf, and Grand Golf Resorts offer some of the state’s very best courses. Of the top 30 public courses in Florida according to Golf Magazine, each resort has a course in the top eight.

Hammock Beach’s calling card for golf is the picturesque Ocean Course, with six holes on the Atlantic, Reunion Resort is the only place on Earth where Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson signature courses are all in one spot, and Innisbrook’s Copperhead course is one of the best on the PGA Tour.

I can attest to Hammock Beach’s rooms, having stayed recently. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac kept me in the room more than I’d have liked, but that just meant soaking up more views of the ocean from my ninth-floor suite.

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