WINDING THROUGH 600 ACRES of lush mountain terrain, The White Witch golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica, offers 6,718 yards of par-71 play. The course opened in August 2000 and brings Ritz-Carlton service to the fairways via its golf concierges. Fifty-five concierges are on call to serve as a sort of luxury caddie, performing all the traditional functions of a caddie in addition to booking restaurant reservations, making spa appointments for treatments such as the signature White Witch Foot Soak, and bringing important messages to players while they are on the course. The Ritz-Carlton has a 10,800-square-foot divisible ballroom and four additional meeting rooms.

The Woodlands (Texas) Resort & Conference Center opened its championship golf course, Panther Trail, in May following upgrades to the property's TPC course and the recent opening of the new signature Gary Player course. Panther Trail conforms to the layout of the former Pines Championship course, but with eight reconfigured holes and six new ones. All guests have access to Panther Trail and the TPC; The Gary Player course is available by special arrangement to groups.

The new national headquarters of Golf Digest Schools is at Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Golf architects Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio created this facility with four practice greens; a 2.5-acre lesson tee with fairway-shaped landing areas, varied targets, and uneven lies to simulate real course conditions; and a private range for special programs. The school's 6,000-square-foot academy complements the outdoor programs, with hitting bays for videotaping and computer analysis, and private viewing rooms for reviews with golf pros. The school also offers the “Golf for Women” program.

Shingle Creek Golf Club is on schedule to open in December in Orlando, just east of the Orange County Convention Center expansion. The 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course (7,250 yards) will have five sets of tees, allowing players to choose their own degree of difficulty. The course was designed by David Harman. Rosen's Shingle Creek Resort is scheduled to open in January 2007.

In Weston, Fla., The Bonaventure Country Club at Wyndham Bonaventure Resort & Spa has completed a multimillion-dollar upgrade to both its 18-hole course and the 20,000-square-foot clubhouse. Golf course renovations to the 7,011-yard, par-71 East Course and the 6,189-yard, par-70 West Course include newly designed sand traps, landscaped cart paths (and a new fleet of carts), lava stone tee boxes with new tee markers, a state-of-the-art sprinkler and irrigation system, and enhanced greens.

In Palm Beach, Fla., The Breakers has recently completed resort-wide enhancements. The entry drive has been newly paved in brick and two more lanes have been added to handle vehicle entry and valet parking. A new south side porte cochere has opened, connecting the Beach Club and the main hotel, affording groups a private arrival area. Five Gulfstream meeting rooms have been expanded and upgraded, and the Venetian foyer on the north side of the Venetian ballroom has doubled in size for more pre-function space. The Breakers has 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space. In the south and north oceanfront towers, 160 “premium” rooms have been renovated, and all 560 guest rooms and suites have been redesigned. The resort features 36 holes of championship golf, including the newly redesigned Ocean Course. The Breakers and the Todd Anderson Golf Academy can customize golf outings for groups.

Phoenix-based Raven Golf has assumed management of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's golf facility in Northwest Florida, between Pensacola and Panama City. The management agreement with Sandestin is part of Raven Golf's merger with Intrawest, a Vancouver, BC-based company that recently acquired Sandestin, a 2,400-acre beach resort with 72 holes of golf and the Sandestin Golf Academy. It has more than 1,000 accommodations and 65,000 square feet of meeting space, including the new $16 million Baytowne Conference Center.

Belterra Casino Resort in Belterra, Ind., on the Ohio River, has embarked on an expansion project that will give it nearly 33,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and an additional 300 guest rooms. The resort now has 38,000 square feet of riverboat casino space, 308 guest rooms and suites, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Its ballroom seats 1,200 people. Belterra's 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Tom Fazio, opened in 2001, and Golf Digest named it one of the “Top Five Best New Upscale Courses” for 2002. The large pro shop and locker room are located in the west wing of the hotel. From there, players can take advantage of unlimited practice balls to warm up at the practice facility, which includes a full-length driving range, putting greens, chipping areas, and practice bunkers.

At the 640-suite Pointe South Mountain Resort at the base of the South Mountain in Phoenix, a $2.5 million golf course and clubhouse redesign is highlighted by Alcatraz, the challenging signature island green on hole 18 of The Phantom Horse Golf Course. In the heart of the Sonoran desert, the course has increased play to a par-71. Also part of the project is the new clubhouse and a 7,000-square-foot regulation green with a practice bunker and chipping area. Pointe South Mountain offers the Skill Tec 3D golf trainer, alongside a video computer analysis used to help improve swing, positioning, and speed. The resort has more than 115,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom and a 20,000-square-foot exhibit pavilion.

Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino opened in 2001, 30 minutes from downtown San Diego on the Barona Indian Reservation. The Barona Golf Events Center, part of the $260 million resort, is located at the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club (recently rated the No. 4 golf course in California by Golfweek Magazine). The Golf Events Center has 18,000 square feet of space that can be divided into four separate venues. The resort has 397 guest rooms and a 300,000-square-foot casino.

The Vale Hotel & Country Golf Club, in Hensol, Wales, has just opened its Wales National Course, designed by Peter Johnson, who is also Vale's director of golf. At nearly 8,000 yards long, the par-73 course will encompass close to 200 acres. (Players will also have the option of playing the course at 7,200 yards.) Johnson also designed Vale's existing 6,700-yard Lake Course. The 143-room Vale Hotel, Golf and Country Club, 20 minutes from Cardiff, has eight conference rooms for up to 300 attendees, and a separate indoor sports training facility, which also has meeting space.