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Best golf deals around town & the Carolinas

If you're looking for a good golf deal, there are plenty to be found this summer. Here's a sampling of what's being offered both around Charlotte and within an easy drive of the city:

AROUND TOWN

Skybrook Golf Club has an online offer for a $32 greens fee Monday through Thursday ($17 off the rack rate). You can also book a Saturday or Sunday tee time for $42 online (a $27 savings). Maybe the best deal is a four-round any day deal for $149 including carts. Visit skybrookgolf.com.

Highland Creek has similar online specials. Its four-round any day package is $129. It also offers a four-round, any day after 12 p.m. deal for $99. Visit charlottegolf.com for details.

Carolina Lakes , located in the Sun City development on Highway 521 south of Charlotte, is offering a foursome rate of $190 for anytime Monday through Friday and $210 for Saturdays and Sundays. Check carolinalakesgc.com.

Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill, S.C., offers twilight and super-twilight rates each day. Monday through Thursday, the twilight rate ($39 including cart) begins at 1 p.m. with the super-twilight rate ($30) starting at 3 p.m. On Saturdays, the twilight rate ($55) begins at 2 p.m. and the super-twilight rate ($40) starts at 4 p.m. The times shift to noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

If you want a golf getaway without leaving the city, the Golf Club at Ballantyne and its adjacent hotel are offering a deal with two or more nights at the hotel and unlimited golf starting at $279. For more information, visit theballantynehotel.com

PINEHURST

For $179 per person (double occupancy), golfers can play three rounds of golf and get two nights lodging at the Spring Hill Suites in Pinehurst in July and August. Golfers can choose from among six courses - Tobacco Road, Longleaf, Seven Lakes, The Legacy, The Pit and Whispering Woods. For more information, visit tobaccoroadgolf.com.

The Pinehurst Resort offers a variety of packages but the best one may be what they call the Donald Ross package.

It has a two-night minimum and includes one round of golf each day at any of the resort's eight courses including cart, range balls, a sleeve of Titleists and club storage along with your room, dinner the first night you're there, breakfast and access to the fitness center.

It starts at $395 per person at the Manor Hotel and it's $486 per person at the Carolina Hotel (an upgrade fee applies to course No. 2). For information, visit pinehurst.com.

THE MOUNTAINS

At Beech Mountain Golf and Country Club , free golf is being included in some vacation rentals with a two-night minimum. The availability depends upon the rental agency. For a look at the Willard Byrd-designed course, visit beechmtnclub.org.

Etowah Valley Country Club and Golf Lodge in Hendersonville is offering a variety of packages including a $124 per night weekday package that includes lodging, breakfast, dinner and club storage. The rate is $144 for weekends and unlimited golf is included for guests staying two or more nights. Guests staying one night have 18 holes included. All cart fees are extra. For information, visit etowahvalley.com.

MYRTLE BEACH

There are a variety of golf specials being offered this summer. Among the more attractive are:

The Myrtle Beach National/Summer Family Vacation package provides two nights and three rounds of golf Thursday through Sundays through Sept. 9 starting at $189 per person, a 30 percent savings. Lodging is at River Oaks Villas in Myrtle Beach or True Blue Villas at Pawleys Island. Golf courses include Myrtle Beach National Southcreek and West Courses, Aberdeen Country Club, Blackmoor Country Club, Litchfield Country Club, Long Bay Club, River Club, Tradition Golf Club, Wachesaw Plantation East, Waterway Hills and Wild Wing. For information, visit mbn.com.

The Legends Golf Resort is offering three rounds of golf for $135. You can choose from among the Heathland, Moorland and Parkland courses at the Legends along with Oyster Bay and the Heritage Club. The offer includes breakfast, lunch and two draft beers if you want them. Check legendsgolf.com.

The Waccamaw Golf Trail is offering two rounds for $98 or three rounds for $132. The courses include TPC Myrtle Beach, Litchfield Country Club, Willbrook Plantation, the River Club, Wachesaw Plantation East, the Tradition Club and Blackmoor. Visit waccamawgolftrail.com.fAt Sea Trail in Calabash, N.C., they're offering a three-round special (it has three courses) for $111 per player and a two-round deal for $76. Visit seatrial.com.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

You can get two nights at the Westin Resort and Spa along with two rounds of golf for two people for $385 per person (double occupancy) through July 31. You can pick from the courses at Palmetto Hall, Shipyard Plantation, Oyster Reef and Port Royal.

The same courses are included in a deal with two nights at the Hampton Inn on Hilton Head and three rounds of golf for two people for $370 per person.

The Best of Southern package at Sea Pines resort gives four golfers three nights in a two-bedroom villa with one round of golf at the Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Sea Pines Ocean Course. Through Aug. 21, the cost is $175 per person per night.

At Palmetto Dunes, two rounds of golf are being offered for $80 per round and three rounds are $74 per round through Aug. 20. Stay and play packages at the resort start at $140 per person per night with a three-night minimum and two rounds of golf included. Visit palmettodunes.com for details.

THE CHARLESTON AREA

It doesn't get much nicer than staying in the Sanctuary and playing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Summer packages start at $340 per night with a round of golf at the Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Cougar Point, Oak Point or Osprey Point included with a stay at the Sanctuary (there's a surcharge to play the Ocean Course). Visit kiawahresort.com for details.

At the Wild Dunes Resort, the Fazio Sampler package offers accommodations, golf on the Links and Harbour Courses and breakfast for $420 per night per person. Details are available at wilddunes.com.

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