The secret to saving money on lodging, golf and other activities at Furnace
Creek Resort in Death Valley is to come in the
summertime--yes, when it's a zillion degrees outside! Early, early
mornings are gloriously fresh and pleasant for golfing, bike rides,
hiking and exploring.
And, when the sun starts to blast down, guests head for the mineral-spring-filled swimming pool and for the two museums, the General Store and the restaurants at family-oriented Ranch at Furnace Creek. Star-gazing on summer nights is magical, as the resort uses very minimal lighting in order to enhance the amazing star show each night.
At only $169 per night for two people, from May 9 through October 7, 2010, stay-and-play rates at the Ranch at Furnace Creek include:
- accommodations for two
- one day of unlimited golf
- cart rental for 18
Made in the shade on Furnace Creek Golf Course
214 feet below sea level, the Furnace Creek Golf Course is the lowest
golf course in the world. Palm- and tamarisk-lined, against the
dramatic, jagged backdrop of the Panamint Mountains, 18-hole Furnace
Creek Golf Course has earned a place on Golf Digest’s list of
“America’s 50 Toughest Courses.” Originally opened in 1931, the course
received a major renovation by world-renowned architect, Perry Dye.
More about golf at Furnace Creek Resort.
Adjacent to the golf course, the Ranch at Furnace Creek has 224 rooms and cabins that recently underwent complete renovation.
Cozy cabins have two doubles or one queen bed, air conditioning, mini-refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, while standard rooms have new French doors leading to small patios or balconies. These rooms have two queens air conditioning, new TVs and mini-frigs with room for roll-a-ways.
Deluxe rooms fronting on sprawling, tree-shaded lawns have new French doors, two queens or kings, with air conditioning, new flat-screen TVs and all amenities. RV parking with utilities is also available.
You can now rent new bikes at Furnace Creek. Besides the fabulous Scott Aspect 45 mountain bike, the Workman Heavy-Duty bike, especially designed for downhill rides, is used on Death Valley "Hell's Gate Downhill Ride" and "Artist's Drive Ride". (Tours include bike and rider transfers to and from the start and finish of each ride, along with light snacks and beverages.
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She follows the little white ball around the world and blogs about International Golf Travel. And, she also writes articles about Sustainable Travel and a blog on Sustainable Travel