How 'bout spending some of that tax return money on a golf vacation?

How ’bout spending some of that tax return money on a golf vacation?

It's tax season, and for a lot of Americans, that means a tax refund. For some Americans, that means a bigger tax refund than others. It could be a few bucks, or thousands, or even more, depending on your tax circumstances.

And if you're getting a few more dollars back from Uncle Sam than the average bear, you can spend some or all of that money on a killer vacation (and also immediately change your exemptions so you're not giving an interest-free loan to the federal government every year).

We have some suggested specials for getaways now available that the golfer and traveler in you will love.

High-end vacations

“Alluring Suites” at UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Available now December 20, 2018

Set on the stunning white beaches of Riviera Maya, Unico 20°87° immerses guests in the culture of the region, from the locally-inflected cocktails and cuisines to the art in the rooms. Three unique pools and holistic spa and wellness center drive home a sense of relaxed luxury, while exciting pop-up events insert a touch of spontaneity into the experience. Experience the ultimate in luxury and book a paradisiac stay in a lavish one-bedroom or two-bedroom Estancia Suite.

Book from now to May 31, 2018 for travel until December 20, 2018, starting at $600 per night. Book six nights or more in an Estancia Suite and receive up to 34 percent off. To save, you must book a minimum of three nights and use promo code ALLP.

For more information, please visit their website.

“Enjoy MPB at a Third Night Free” at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C.

Spend your tax money right and soak up savings at Montage Palmetto Bluff, the first East Coast location for Montage Hotels & Resorts. Leftover funds can be used towards indulgent onsite activities such as championship golf, rejuvenating spa treatments and decadent dining, not to mention the area is boasting with miles of trails for biking, running and walking, as well as pristine waterways for kayaking and canoeing through avian sanctuaries and amongst vast wildlife.

Reserve now through April 30, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 31, with rates starting at $725 with luxurious accommodations in a guest house suite or cottage. Receive third night free after two nights consecutive stay.

For more information, please visit their website.

Affordable luxury

"Pamper and Play" at Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Harbor, Fla. (near Tampa)

With Innisbrook's Pamper and Play package, there's no need to make such a difficult choice on what to splurge your tax return on; you can enjoy it all! Experience your choice of a Signature Salamander Spa service or a round of golf on one of our renowned courses as well as:

  • Luxury accommodations of your choice
  • Breakfast daily in any of our three authentic restaurants
  • Your choice of either $150 credit for our Salamander Spa or 18 holes of championship golf on the North, South or Island courses (per night of stay, per person)
  • $25 gift certificate (per person) for use in our Innisbrook golf and tennis pro shops
  • Complimentary access to our state of the art Fitness Center

Rates starting at $150* per person/per night, subject to availability. Minimum two night stay is required Thursday-Sunday. Golf round available on the Copperhead course at an extra charge. Any unused package elements are non-refundable and non-transferable. Spa credit does not apply to already discounted services or spa packages.

For more information or to book a stay at Innisbrook, please visit their website.

PGA Tour golf with the TPC Network

This year, Tax Day shook things up with a two-day extension, so why do the same with your refund and splurge on that golf vacation you’ve always dreamed of?

TPC Network invites golfers to channel their inner “Eye of the Tiger” and tee it up on the same courses pros are battling it out on PGA Tour, including the world famous TPC Sawgrass, home of the The Players Championship, and TPC Scottsdale, home of the “The Greatest Show on Grass.”

Property-specific packages are available year-round and offer everything from luxury accommodations and instruction with world renown instructors, to daily breakfast and rounds of golf on the most famous fairways.

“Third Night Free More Money for Me” at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla.

Spend your tax money right and soak up more savings at Hammock Beach Resort. Leftover funds can be used towards indulgent onsite activities such as championship golf, rejuvenating spa treatments and decadent dining. Enjoy luxurious accommodations and get the third night free after two nights consecutive stay. Available now through May 24, 2018, rates start at $159.

For more information, please visit

“More is Less” at Orlando World Center Marriott - Orlando, Fla.

Tax refunds can often be underwhelming when compared to those of friends, neighbors and coworkers. But with the world’s largest Marriott’s “More is Less” package, anyone can enjoy a fun and relaxing tax-cation. Using promo code D3Q, the money-saving package offers 15 percent off a four-night stay or 20 percent off a five-night stay, as well as access to several on-property amenities, including:

  • Nine taste-tempting dining outlets, including the newest Southern-inspired restaurant, Latitude & Longitude
  • Falls Pool Oasis, ranked one of the “world's coolest hotel pools” by Forbes
  • Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, boasting a par-71 golf course winding around 200 acres of lush landscaping
  • Full-service boutique spa, offering rejuvenating massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as other skin and body treatments
  • Light Up the Night — nightly laser light shows, complete with dazzling visual and audio effects

Offering a world of possibilities, Orlando World Center Marriott provides the perfect excuse to head to the Sunshine State for a weekend of sun and savings.

For more information or to book a stay at Orlando World Center Marriott, call 800.380.7931 or visit

The Punchbowl green on No. 9 at Streamsong Black (Ethan Zimman)

“The Tour Package” at Streamsong Resort, near Tampa, Fla.

Splurge this tax season and experience triple the fun with the ultimate bucket list buddy golf tour package. Golfers hit the links for three days to play three of the most highly acclaimed courses in the game today – Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and the newest, Streamsong Black. The modern, lodge-style resort features extraordinary naturescapes and sporting pursuits, coupled with luxurious and inspired appointments, fine dining and rejuvenating grotto-style spa.

This package includes:

  • Three-night luxury guest room accommodations
  • One round on Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Black
  • Full breakfast daily
  • $50 resort credit for each player

Available throughout 2018, starting at $196 per person per night. For more information or to book a stay at Streamsong Resort, visit

“Save On Family Fun” at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Travelers seeking to blend athletic action and adventure with a dose of paradise can visit the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, which offers the ultimate vacation for groups of all ages. Families can explore the paradisiac accommodations leisurely or partake in a plethora of adventurous actives, such as therecently debuted Woodward Riviera Maya facility, which brings adventurous fun to a serene tropical resort setting boasting a variety of programs catering to all skill levels, as well as endless opportunities for adult guests and groups.

Available now through July 2018, starting at $400 per night. Book a stay for a minimum of three nights and save up to 40 percent, and receive $3,600 in limitless resort credit!

To book a vacation experience at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, visit or call 888-680-7625.

“Kids Stay Free” at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a gorgeous beachfront setting where tradition and modern design come togetherwith its incredible views. This 362-room Riviera Nayarit resort offers the perfect mix of adventure, relaxationand rejuvenation for guests of all ages.

Book a stay for minimum of one night and up to two children 12 and under stay free when sharing a room with one full-paying adult. Book now through December 21, 2018 for travel in the same window, starting at $400 per night using promo code UTHH.

To book a stay at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, visit or call (888) 762-5002.

“America’s Favorite Mountain Town”: Park City, Utah

There are three big reasons to head to Park City, Utah post-tax season, and with plenty of time to still hit the slopes before the season ends! With a combination of sunshine and blue skies, skiing in t-shirts and lounging on Deer Valley’s ski beaches are normalities for Park City vacationers during the spring season. For travelers who want the snow without the ski, Deer Valley's snowmobile experience, the town's dog sledding and fly fishing excursions, and the Spring Grüv music festival are popular options. Additionally, spring is all about savings.

Park City hotels now have lower rates than at any other point during the winter ski season. Canyons Village hotels provide great spring deals, as well as convenient access to the slopes. Lastly, the proximity to Salt Lake City International Airport means getting in and out of Park City in a breeze. With a consistent flight schedule, spring skiers can come and enjoy the slopes over a regular weekend in spring without the hassle of finding a flight that fits a busy agenda — perfectly suited for every lifestyle and tax-fund budget visitors.

For more information, please visit

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