BOOK REVIEW

52 Great Florida
Golf Getaways

By David R. Holland,
Senior Writer

Ed Schmidt Jr., billed as the world's foremost authority on Florida's golf resorts, makes it easy for you if a Florida golf vacation is in your future.

Schmidt, a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, takes you on a tour of white sand bunkers of the Panhandle to the palmetto-framed fairways of Miami, in his new book "52 Great Florida Golf Getaways".

Schmidt reviews Florida's best places to tee off, including information on courses, strategies, golf schools and course architects. These 52 resorts were specially selected to offer a information on shopping, dining and recreation opportunities at the resort or nearby.

Here's an example of what you will read in his newest book:

Plantation Inn and Golf Resort:

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The Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River is the best place in the world to see and swim with the manatees and play some good, traditional golf on the side. Set along the banks of the Crystal River, the 232 acre resort has its own dive shop and 27 holes of golf.

Crystal River is the "winter home" of the largest concentration of manatees in North America. In this area, the wild manatees allow humans to swim among them, and the Plantation Inn Dive Shop features several programs for guests to see manatees up close and personal. Fed by 13 freshwater springs at a constant 72 degrees the Crystal River is a hugely popular freshwater dive site. A full-service marina connected to the dive shop has rental boats, snorkeling and scuba equipment, experienced guides and complete docking and boat-launching facilities.

For anglers, the Crystal River is one of the state's best fishing areas, with trout, redfish, and bass the most popular catches. A favorite activity is to fish all morning, accompanied by a guide, and eat your catch for lunch on a nearby island.

When you're ready to take a dive into golf, an 18-hole championship course, designed by Mark Mahannah, and 9-hole executive layout comprise the Plantation Inn's golf complex. The courses weave around dozens of natural lakes and loblolly pines. For those who don't mind venturing off the property, Plantation Inn has play agreements with 10 area courses, including World Woods, with two Tom Fazio courses; Twisted Oaks, a new Karl Litton course; and Southern Woods, A Hale Irwin design.

The Plantation's white-columned inn conjures up images of Southern hospitality --and that's just what you get at this folksy, 40-year old resort. Accommodations include 126 guest rooms, 12 golf villas, and five condominiums.

52 Great Florida Golf Getaways

Paperback $14.95
ISBN: 1-56164-260-6
Size: 6 x 9
192 Pages
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Ireland Golf Package
Dates: April 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Stay five nights at the Malton Apartments Killarney and play the Mahony's Point and Killeen Courses at Killarney, Dooks Golf Club, and Dingle Golf Links. The option to book additional or alternative golf is available. Includes auto-transmission, self-drive minivan. A Carr Golf Travel executive will assist in booking caddies, restaurants, sight-seeing options, etc.
Price range: €900
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