Three Above Par

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By Kim O'Donnel
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 7, 2006; 2:57 PM

Hard-core swingers know where they like to play and why; it's we plebes who haven't got a clue on championship courses, let alone on the ins and outs of a good golf vacation. We pick three warm spots, where beautiful natural scenery is a key ingredient. The other big catch? Fun stuff to do when you're not lugging around a bagful of clubs.

Bermuda

WHY GO

A mere two-hour (and some change) flight from Washington makes this a convenient, last-minute or long-weekend option. Temperatures hover in the mid-70s as courses outline the Atlantic Ocean. Pink sand beaches awail if your tee shots find the sandy beach bunkers all morning.

WHAT'S COOL

Although eight courses may not seem like much, it's a lot of golf for a 21-square-mile island, with a combination of public and private golfing options. Attire is informal on the courses, which allows for an opportunity to sport your Bermuda shorts.

HOW MUCH

Greens fees run from $60 at government-run St. George's (designated a World Heritage site) to nearly $200 at private club Tucker's Point (known for its views).

GETTING THERE

Nonstop: USA3000 Airlines, from BWI; Connecting: US Airways, United, American, Delta, Continental

Las Vegas

WHY GO

Who says you have to blow your money on indoor games at the craps table while in Sin City? There are 50-plus courses to choose from in the Las Vegas area, from Joe-public grounds to exclusive, celebrity-designed courses, with a wide variety at the championship level.

WHAT'S COOL


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