If you're a frequent player at specific courses, now's a good time to start scouting discount cards for 2013. Courses are happy to sign you up early at a discount now in exchange for your business in a few months.
The Players Pass — formerly known as the Champions Club — immediately offers 25 percent off the "rack" rate anytime, and once you play five rounds the sixth is free. (And your rounds are tracked in the pro shop, no need to remember yourself.) Also included is the GHIN handicap service, so you can maintain your official handicap — and hopefully watch it go south as the year continues.
If you arrived on Jan. 1, 2013, at the club and wanted to buy the pass it would be $259. But acting before Oct. 31 pays off big — it's $159. Or $179 in November, still a nice savings. But act now for a great deal at a pro-caliber facility, just off I-95 in Daytona Beach.
For more information, call 386-274-5742.
Bay Point Resort Golf Club in Panama City Beach, with two courses in the Nicklaus and the Meadows, is offering a six-pack special valid through March 31, 2013. Buy six rounds for $239 and play either course with a cart at any time on any day, with a seven-day advance booking window. Two passes per day may be used, so the pack can be shared. For more information or to order, go to baypointgolf.com and click on the Winter Specials tab.
TPC Sawgrass and the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach have a stay-and-play from Nov. 22-Jan. 31, 2013 that includes two nights accommodations and two rounds (on the Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley Course) plus a free third night at the hotel and a free arrival round (after 2 p.m.) on Dye’s Valley. A TPC Sawgrass welcome gift is included. Rates start at $599 for a standard room, villas are extra and weekend golf surcharges may apply. Guests must arrive before Jan. 28. For more information, call 866-605-3544 or visit TPC.com.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, featuring Naples' first 18-hole golf course and the only resort in town with the golf course on-site, on the beach, has a buy two nights-get one free special from Oct. 21-31. For more information or for reservations, call 800-237-7600 or 239-261-2222 and ask for the “3rd Night Free Promotion.”
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples has a special running through the end of the year at the hotel and on-site Greg Norman-designed Tiburon Golf Club. Packages start at $239 per night and include accommodations, one round at Tiburon including cart, club storage and tax, unlimited same-day golf (through Oct. 31) and complimentary TaylorMade club rental. For questions, call the Ritz-Carlton’s golf department at 239-254-3340.
World Woods Golf Club, about 60 miles north of Tampa in Brooksville, has deals on villas in 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. Call Susan Burkel at 352-796-5500 ext. 22 to make reservations.
The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club in St. Augustine 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."