Travelin’ Joe Passov offers up three ideal buddies trips for avid golfers looking to catch the end of MLB Spring Training in Florida or Arizona.
Palm Beach, Fla.
Play: Host to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in late February, PGA National’s Champion course wows with “the Bear Trap,” its watery trio of holes 15-17. pgaresort.com
Stay: Five championship courses, superb instruction, a 40,000-sq.-ft. spa and the burgers at Bar 91 are highlights at PGA National Resort and Spa. March rates from $359. pgaresort.com
Eat: Tiger memorabilia and memorable cuisine are on display at The Woods Jupiter, where the Signature Caprese Salad is major-worthy. woodsjupiter.com
Do: The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins train in Jupiter. An hour up the road in Port St. Lucie are the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.
Play: Following a six-month “restorative enhancement,” Innisbrook’s Copperhead is better than ever. Jordan Spieth will defend at the Valspar in mid-March. innisbrookgolfresort.com
Stay: Ernie Els called Innisbrook, “probably Florida’s best golf resort.” Packard’s Steakhouse, buddy-friendly digs and 72 solid holes prove Els’ point. March rates from $133. innisbrookgolfresort.com
Eat: Tampa’s peerless red meat haunt since 1956 is Bern’s Steak House. A stellar wine cellar and the renowned Harry Waugh Dessert Room complement the beef. bernssteakhouse.com
Do: Close by are Steinbrenner Field (New York Yankees), Bright House Networks Field (Philadelphia Phillies) and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (Toronto Blue Jays).
Play: The Wigwam’s Gold course is a rugged, handsome, 7,430-yard Robert Trent Jones Sr. parkland classic that enjoyed a 2015 Tom Lehman makeover. wigwamarizona.com
Stay: Dating to 1929, the venerable Wigwam features 331 casita-style rooms, three 18s and the acclaimed Red Door Spa. March rates from $359. wigwamarizona.com
Eat: Litchfield’s at The Wigwam dishes out farm-to-table produce and sizzling Cedar River Farms steaks in a warm, rustic, yet upscale setting. wigwamarizona.com
Do: Within 10 minutes of The Wigwam are Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox) and Goodyear Ballpark (Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds).