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On a budget? Looking for an escape? One location offers both for those who might be inclined to side step Old Man Winter, at least for a little while. The popular “Best Ever Golf School Package” offered by Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., has added a nine-hole playing lesson for free.
The package, which has been offered without a playing lesson since the summer of 2009, combines deluxe accommodations, golf on Pawleys Plantation’s award-winning Jack Nicklaus-designed course, daily breakfast, and three days of golf school at the on-site Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, which is currently ranked one of the top five golf schools in America. From now through February 24th only, the package will also include a 9-hole playing lesson, which is a $200 value.
The price of the “Best Ever Golf School Package” will remain steady at $799 per person for December, January and February. Based on double occupancy (taxes inclusive), it includes three nights accommodations in a luxurious one-bedroom suite, two rounds of golf with carts on Pawleys Plantation’s signature Jack Nicklaus course, three breakfasts, and three-days of golf instruction at the highly acclaimed, on-site Ritson-Sole Golf School. The free 9-hole playing lesson by a Ritson-Sole instructor will be conducted on the Nicklaus course.
“This package is an extraordinary value,” said Jann Walker, director of marketing at Pawleys Plantation. “ A playing lesson gives a golfer the opportunity to put what he's learned in the golf school to work on the course under the watchful eye of his instructor. That time on the course can be invaluable in terms of increased understanding of course strategy and management.”
Pawleys Plantation’s on-site golf school has several instructors including owner and Golf Magazine Top Teacher, Mel Sole. Class size is limited to four students to ensure plenty of individual attention. Unlike most golf schools, students are not moved to different instructors for chipping, putting, iron play, etc. Each class stays with its own instructor throughout all parts of the full swing and short game, and the resulting rapport and continuity means maximum improvement.
“A package like this would cost three or four times as much at any other Top 25 golf school,” said Walker. “Mel's commitment to making top instruction affordable is one of the reasons that Golf Magazine says the Ritson-Sole Golf School is one of the best values among America’s top schools.”
Additional information is available at or by calling Pawleys Plantation at (800) 367-9959. More information on the Phil Ritson–Mel Sole Golf School is available by calling (800) 624-4653 or online at