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Stay and Play in Death Valley: A Green Oasis

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If you have never been to Death Valley--be sure to add it to you bucket list. I found it to be one of the most surprising, fascinating, scenically spectacular, and fun places I've ever experienced--and unlike the endless desert that you may envision, the two main lodgings are oasis-like, and vast stretches of green comprise the world’s lowest golf course!

The popular Furnace Creek Resort Stay and Play package for 2014 includes accommodations, unlimited golf per day at the Furnace Creek Golf Course, cart rental and club storage. Rates start at $102.50 per person at the Ranch and $205 at the Inn, double occupancy (also available for other room types).

The Ranch at Furnace Creek is a charming, casual place with 224 air-conditioned rooms and cabins, a huge, spring-fed swimming pool, a General Store, the Borax Museum, restaurants, a saloon, and headquarters for horseback riding, touring, tennis, family activities and more.

The elegant, historic AAA Four Diamond Inn at Furnace Creek has a really good restaurant and bar, a beautiful pool and a shady oasis—and incredible valley views. (The Inn at Furnace Creek is open until Mother’s Day when it closes for the season. It will reopen in mid-October. The Ranch at Furnace Creek is open year round.)

An amazing accomplishment at 214 feet below sea level, the Furnace Creek Golf Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The 6,236-yard track has a playable-for-everyone 69.7/117 rating. Backed by a spectacular mountain backdrop, the course is dotted with hundreds of palm and tamarisk trees, with water hazards on nine holes. Perry Dye oversaw a major renovation about a decade ago.

More here about golf in Death Valley

Over 55? Guests age 55 and above at both the Inn at Furnace Creek and the Ranch at Furnace Creek receive 10% off the rack rate for one night: a two-night stay gets 20% off and three or more nights gets you a 30% discount!

Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel and writes about Deep Culture Travel. Check out Karen's iPhone app, California Coast North

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