by Dale Leatherman | January 01, 2004

Land, ho: Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head, S.C., is a familiar landmark for pros competing in the MCI Heritage Golf Tournament every April

Golfers love to imagine themselves in the competitive shoes of their favorite pros. When planning a meeting with a golf element, why not offer participants the
opportunity to attempt that putt Tiger Woods missed or see if they can avoid the pond that was David Duval’s Waterloo? The resorts profiled here have been the site of many PGA Tour events; their storied fairways and greens will make attendees’ dreams come true.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Site of the PGA Ford Championship, March 1-7
(305) 592-2000

One of five championship courses at Doral, the Blue Monster has been hosting the PGA Tour since 1962. Almost every golfing great in recent history has had a moment of glory (or agony) on this track. Created by Dick Wilson, the course was restored by Ray Floyd in 1996.
   Eight major water hazards make it difficult to keep balls dry here. A fountain marks the much-televised 18th hole where, in 2003, Scott Hoch put his name in the record books by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt for a sudden-death victory over Jim Furyk.
   The 693-room resort has everything a guest could want five courses, a 148,000-square-foot spa, an aquatic recreation area, 11 tennis courts and five restaurants. More than 40 rooms in the conference wing provide 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and outdoor venues for receptions and events are scattered throughout the 650 acres.

Desert track: This month,
the pros head to Phoenix
for the FBR Championship,
played on the TPC of Scottsdale

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Site of the FBR Championship, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Scottsdale, Ariz.
(480) 585-4848
Held at the TPC of Scottsdale since 1987, the Phoenix Open (in 2004 it will be called the FBR Championship) has been the stage for a lot of great golf. This includes a 21-year-old Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one on the 16th hole in 1997, and Mark Calcavecchia’s 72-hole PGA Tour record of 256 in 2001. In 2003, Vijay Singh birdied five of the first six holes and tied the PGA Tour final round lowest score of 63 to win over John Huston. 
   The Stadium Course is a fine Tom Weiskopf-Jay Morrish design incorporating desert flora (and fauna), 72 bunkers, six lakes and a plethora of mounding to give character to the flat site. It is part of the Tournament Players Club Network, which not only provides top-quality venues for the Tour, but also makes them accessible to resort players.
   Set in the desert with a mountain backdrop, the Scottsdale Princess has two courses, four restaurants, five swimming pools and a 44,000-square-foot spa. Guest accommodations include 650 rooms and suites, all with oversize bathrooms and terraces. The resort has more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 22,500-square-foot ballroom.