Isn't it time for a girl's weekend away?

By Kelly Sapp, Staff Writer

Jekyll Island Golf CourseAre you looking for a place to go with your girlfriends for a quick weekend away? The type of trip where boys are NOT allowed and girl time comes FIRST -- you know No. 1 ABOVE ALL ELSE -- except for, of course, time to shop for those cute pair of sandals and matching handbag. Well recruit your group and pack the bags because these three resorts offer a unique setting, lots of golf and whole lot of fun.

Colonial Williamsburg and The Golden Horseshoe

Ah, out with the old, in with the new. Not so in this 18th century blast from the past. Colonial Williamsburg is a 301-acre outdoor history museum. It is an interesting blend of the present and past. Here visitors can dine with the likes of Ben Franklin in morning, play golf after lunch, then sleep where the fore fathers once slept. Plus, there's electricity for your hair dryer and curling iron, no need to air dry like in the olden days.

Shopping is plentiful, the food is yummy and the golf is picturesque and historic. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club meets the colonial need by offering three golf courses, each different in their own way.

The Gold Course, built back in 1963 by Robert Trent Jones, is carved out of mature Virginia hardwood forest and has played host to many USGA championship tournaments. Spotswood, the nine-hole executive length course, rests right beside the historic Colonial Williamsburg Inn and is named after the colonial Virginia Governor, Alexander Spotswood. So, after the afternoon tea, grab your sticks and go enjoy the scenery.

Horse and Carriage in Jekyll Island HotelDown the road a bit is the new Green course. It is final course in the Golden Horseshoe portfolio and was designed by Rees Jones, son of Robert Trent Jones This course was built on part of the 18th century Bassett Hall Plantation, which still serves today as a residence for the J.D. Rockefeller, Jr. family. So take your camera, you may get a chance to meet a member of the Rockefeller family.

This trilogy of courses are tight at times and challenge even the best. On the Girl's Getaway Scale, Colonial Williamsburg gets four and half stars for its proximity to major cities and for those one of kind places to stay like the restored colonial houses, tavern's or Inn's. Martha Washington would be proud.

Mid Pines and Pine Needles. Where women's golf means women's golf

Some say this is the birthplace of women's golf and golf instruction. Between the history of Pinehurst and Peggy Kirk Bell, who can argue?

Mid Pines and Pine Needles are known as a haven for women. Women's championship tournaments have been hosted here since 1928 with the premiere of Americas first open golf competition for women, the Mid-South Women's Open. Back in the 1950's legendary golf instructor, Ellen Griffin and LPGA charter member and professional golfer, Peggy Kirk Bell, started the now famous "Ladies Golfari."

Offered eight times a year, the golf classes bring in over 140 participates per Golfari. The ratio of golfers to instructor is about 4-to-1 with male and female instructors there to help all skill levels. Bell says, "you never really master golf but you do keep learning. The Ladies Golfaris is one place where women can feel comfortable and improve their game. It is also a place where women can spend quality time with their girlfriends and possibly gain some new friends along the way."

These two sister resorts have a full of history celebrating the accomplishments of women all around the world. The two courses are timeless and stand true to Donald Ross's vision and creativity. The hotels are comfortable and full of southern charm. On the Girl's Getaway Scale Mid Pines and Pine Needles get five stars -- and a throw in a new pair of shoes and an outfit to match, there is some nice shopping near by in Pinehurst.

Jekyll Island. Stomping Grounds of the Rich and Famous

Jekyll Island HotelImagine stepping back in time to dine with the Rockefeller's, the Macy's and the Gould's. Jekyll Island was the place where some of America's most influential families came to spend time and relax. It was the place where top-secret meetings were held determining U.S. legislation, public policy and the future of the financial markets. Its historic district tells stories of a time gone by and because of its authenticity and its storybook looks, Hollywood filmmakers continue to flock to the pristinely restored historic district.

History is not the only thing this Georgia Island has to offer. It is rich in golf and recreation. There is nine miles of beach worth walking and nature trails even the best bird watchers will want to venture into. If the 12 clay tennis courts don't keep you busy, then 63 holes of golf are waiting for those who dare challenge its courses. The four golf courses make up Georgia's largest public golf resort and its Pine Lakes course recently underwent a three and half million-dollar renovation and looks incredible.

But, that's not all, shopping in the historic district or dining in one of the restored mansions will make you feel like you are back in time. Tallying all this up puts Jekyll Island on the recommend list for a girl's weekend away bringing it in on the Girl's Getaway Scale at four stars and a mint julep.

Fun Fact: The Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses were named after the 1716 expedition Governor Spotswood led to the western reaches of the Allegany Mountains. All the men that survived the expedition were awarded a golden horseshoe embedded with valuable stones.

Resort Address:
134 North Henry Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Hotel and Historic Home Reservations: 1 (800) HISTORY
ColonialWilliamsburg.org
Reservations and Tee Times: (757) 220-7696
colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit/recreation/golf/

Fun Fact: The 2007 U.S. Women's Open will be hosted by Pine Needles Resort and Golf Club.

Address:
1005 Midland Road/1010 Midland Road
Southern Pines, N.C. 28387
Reservations and Tee Times: (800) 747-7272
Pine Needles Lodge: (910) 692-7111
Mid Pines Inn (910) 692-2114
info@rossresorts.com
pineneedles-midpines.com

Fun Fact: The First Public Transcontinental Phone Call was initiated on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Theodore Vail, who was the President of AT&T and William Rockefeller called Alexander Graham Bell, in New York City, N.Y., Thomas Watson, in San Francisco, CA and President Woodrow Wilson in Washington, D.C.

Jekyll Island Hotel
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Jekyll Island Club: (800) 535-9547
reservations@jekyllclub.com
jekyllclub.com
Jekyll Island Golf
Reservations and Tee Times: (800) 747-7272 or 912-635-2368
jekyllisland.com

Kelly Sapp, Staff Writer


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