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The exhilaration of an incredible drive is undeniable, whether you’re on a golf course or behind the wheel. Perhaps it’s more than coincidence, then, that luxury automakers are increasingly situating their high-performance driving schools at or near golf courses and resorts. As in golf, some of the tracks are private, but plenty, both grassed and paved, promise an adrenaline-infused getaway.

Located at the Barber Motorsports Park, outside Birmingham, Alabama, the Porsche Sport Driving School uses the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa—whose course is renowned for its beauty and infamous for its length—as its host hotel. Porsche offers a one-day Precision class as well as two-day Performance and advanced Masters courses, all of which put drivers in both a 911 Carrera and a Cayenne. $1,795–$3,495; 888-204-7474; porschedriving.com.

The BMW Performance Driving School is in South Carolina’s greater Greenville-Spartanburg area, where the 50-plus links include the Gary Player–designed River Falls Plantation. Its sparkling $12.5 million campus includes a skid pad, slalom, and water walls. One- and two-day sessions tackle safety and performance, while M School students take on the M Coupé. There’s also an off-road track and even a program exclusively for teens. $495–$3,995; 888-345-4269; relearntodrive.com.

The Land Rover Experience Driving Schools provide off-roading at two exceptional North American golf resorts: Quail Lodge, in Carmel, California, and the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, in Québec. (A third, at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina, is surrounded by great golf.) Guests will be put to the test with the Full Day Experience, crossing ditches and barreling over logs, up steep hills, and down slippery slopes. $800; 800-239-0533; landroverusa.com.

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