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Simply playing the same course that a national champion does is not enough these days. Which is why the venerable Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, site of this year's U.S. Open, is offering the full Tiger Woods treatment. Its Championship program allows guests to play one round on the tournament site, the fabled No. 2 layout (the other courses are open for unlimited play). The golfers also attend a short-game clinic designed to improve their skills, especially around the treacherous Pinehurst green complexes. At tee time on No. 2, each guest's name is announced; the player is then matched with a caddie wearing the golfer's name on his or her jersey. Guests also get a personalized locker and a massage at the spectacular spa. The flourishes and pampering are a nice touch, but what makes the three-night deal truly worthwhile is the golf. Designed by the great Donald Ross, No. 2 is among the finest courses in the country and one of only three U.S. Open sites accessible to the public. Rate, including greens fees, $2,005 per person, double occupancy; 800-487-4653; www.pinehurst.com.

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