By Brandon Tucker, Managing Editor, Golf Channel Courses & Travel
The winter months are prime-time to put your golf game under the microscope. One of the best ways to try and make the misses of 2011 disappear in 2012 is with a tuneup down south at a destination golf school or resort.
The comprehensive assessment runs $295 and includes video swing analysis, short game test, fitness test and an equipment assessment. They'll even climb into your brain and sniff around a little with a measurement of your mental game that includes identifying your personality traits.
Students who plan on being in the area for an extended period of time during the winter can chose a Level 1 or Level 2 coaching session that runs between $495 and $990. Level II includes nine private lessons among many other assessments.
Palmetto Dunes features three championship-caliber 18-hole courses to test your newly-tuned game. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Oceanfront course is the most scenic (and my favorite of the trio), but the toughest test for your game probably goes to the Hills Course. Though shorter, it's decidedly more narrow in most spots and features lots of water. If you can par the course's 17th: a tight and penal par 4 with a shallow green guarded by water in front and trouble everywhere else, your game is probably in pretty good shape.
And of course, Harbour Town Golf Links is just down the road if you think your game is up for the Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus-designed beast. More information on the Five Ways to Better Golf package can be found at PalmettoDunes.com.