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With the snow gone, mountain bikers, golfers and hikers are taking over the trails of Canada's winter resorts

Barbados' new trophy course aims to lure luxury-seeking golfers and establish the island as the place to putt in the Caribbean. The catch: Only guests of the lavish Sandy Lane resort can play here. Ah, the sacrifices we make for fine fairways . . .

Last fall, Hurricane Fabian tore through Bermuda, levelling homes, ravaging beaches and walloping the island's famous golf courses. Six months later, this British colony is on the road to recovery and its landmark greens, which showcase the country's lush terrain and surging turquoise sea, are back on track

Banff's 4th. Greywolf's 6th. Furry Creek's 14th.
These are the single holde across Canada that can
make a course, cause a national stir -- and drive a golfer
to travel across the country for a shot at them.

>On an island that attracts world leaders
because of its golf courses, four of the
best were designed by Robert Trent Jones

McTier, Ont. -- A few years ago, Bruce Simmonds visualized the map of Canada and its most attractive golf-resort destinations.

The World Golf Hall of Fame, opened two years ago, is just
a chip shot away fom the busiest interstate highway in America.

"God builds courses, men only find them," said the legendary
Robert Trent Jones, who lent his expertise and name to a
state-wide, seven-stop, 324-hole Alabama golf trail. The largest
such project ever built - and a heck of a bargain - it is
about to open its eighth course in Montgomery this spring

GOLF Travel Online considers itself the "premier site for online golf vacations." The company provides a variety of package deals, which can be booked online, as well as articles on the game, and mini-profiles of hot courses. The current edition of the U.S. Web site hypes Canada as a worthy destination. Recommendations include The Algonquin in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, N.B., the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta and Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec.
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