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Got money to burn? Golf will oblige

How’s your bank account? Got enough left over after buying that $400 driver and that $250 wedge to spend a little on lessons and a few days at a resort?

Have I got some deals for you.

I just got around to reading my November Golf Digest (that thing’s old enough now to wind up in a doctor’s waiting room.) There’s a list in there of the 50 best teachers in America and a list of the 75 best golf resorts in the country.

Lesson rates are listed alongside the names of the teaching pros. Among these noted instructors, curing a chronic slice can get a little pricey. And if you are looking for a surefire way to hit those chips shots close, take out a loan.

Butch Harmon, ranked No. 1, is available for $1,000 an hour. No. 2 David Leadbetter will give you three hours for $3,500. Hank Haney’s rate is $10,000 per day.

Problems with your putter? Putting guru Dave Stockton will attempt to cure them for $600 an hour. Bring your own putter. Or, if price is no object, you can get a day with short game specialist Dave Pelz for $30,000.

That’s what Golf Digest said: 30 grand a day. Bring your own banker. Thirty thousand? Does that include lunch?

Tiger Woods’ coach, Sean Foley, goes for $250 an hour. Be almost worth it to be able to drop that name at the club, you know, “Yeah, Tiger and I have the same coach.”

Dana Rader, ranked 47th in the country, has a golf school located here in Ballantyne. Her rate is $175 an hour.

Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast is listed as No. 1 among golf resorts. A room there goes for $250 a night.

In our area, the room rate at Pinehurst Resort is $340 a night. It’s $405 a night at Kiawah Island Resort, $575 at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C., and $299 at Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club. Prices may or may not include some meals but I’m guessing none of them cover the bar tab, golfers being the thirsty lot that they are.

Pebble Beach will put you up for $615 a night.

Or, if you really want to splurge, you can get a night’s lodging at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados for $1,445. I don’t know if tips are included.

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