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Beginner’s Bridge, Intermediate Bridge or Advancing Bridge: Choose Your Level on the Golden Isles

Program Number: 20716RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/13/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $939.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bridge & Other Games
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The natural beauty of Georgia’s most storied barrier island provides the idyllic backdrop for an instructive foray into the game of bridge. Join players of similar skill on Jekyll Island during a week tailored to your level of play and benefit from the guidance of bridge experts who develop your skills through workshops and evenings of play. Beginner’s weeks introduce newcomers to the basics of this challenging card game, getting their feet wet with actual play and few lectures. Dates for intermediate-level players focus on expanding bidding techniques and declarer play, with classroom instruction on topics like hand evaluation, competitive bidding, opening leads and signals, defensive bidding, developing strategy and analysis of the deal. Advancing-level players will spend a week focused on adding conventions and logic to their partnership understanding, building upon their existing familiarity with opening bids and responses, overcalls and advances, take-out doubles, forcing bids, leads and signals.




Highlights

• Select the program date best suited to your level of play — beginning, intermediate or advancing play of the hand — and get expert instruction on relevant concepts, techniques and strategies.
• Put what you’ve learned into practice during evening sessions of play as you enjoy the camaraderie of new friends who play at your level to provide appropriate challenges.
• Explore the exceptional beauty of Jekyll Island, once an exclusive enclave for the rich and powerful.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Each date is tailored to a specific level of play. See date-specific information to choose the date that best suits your skill level.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2014

On this INTERMEDIATE-level program date, participants will stay at a comfortable, centrally located hotel with views of the beach and Cumberland Island.



10-26-2014, 2-15-2015, 3-29-2015, 11-15-2015

On this ADVANCING-level program date, participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.



1-18-2015, 3-15-2015

On this INTERMEDIATE-level program date, participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.



2-1-2015, 4-12-2015

On this BEGINNER-level program date, participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.



10-11-2015

On this BEGINNER-level date participants will lodge at a newly refurbished oceanfront hotel. Along with an oceanside pool, full-service restaurant and fitness center, the facility also features free high-speed internet.



10-18-2015

On this ADVANCING-level date participants will lodge at a newly refurbished oceanfront hotel. Along with an oceanside pool, full-service restaurant and fitness center, the facility also features free high-speed internet.



11-8-2015

On this INTERMEDIATE-level date participants will lodge at a newly refurbished oceanfront hotel. Along with an oceanside pool, full-service restaurant and fitness center, the facility also features free high-speed internet.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands, Jekyll Island has a storied past. At the turn of the century, it hosted an exclusive club that attracted the likes of the Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Much of that world is preserved in a historic district near the riverfront. Today, the island is popular for golfing, fishing and kayaking.



Accommodations
Hotel varies by date. Please see date-specific information for details.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Craig Hemphill

Craig Hemphill is an ACBL Certified Teacher and has 7500 master points, making him an Emerald Life Master. He has been playing bridge through ACBL clubs and tournaments for close to 40 years. He was editor of the Florida Bridge News (a publication of Unit 128 of the American Contract Bridge League) for seven years, and served Unit 128's president and member of the board of directors. Since resigning as board member, he has continued to act as Unit 128's attorney and attends board meetings in that capacity. Craig has served as Unit 128's and District 9's Ethics Committee Chairman, and has presided over many trials regarding player conduct. He is the past interim president of the Jacksonville School of bridge and presently on the board. He has taught every week at the Jacksonville club for the past 2 1/2 years, and is a certified club director who currently runs a 299er game with lectures.
 
Linda Arthur

Retired from a career in education, Linda Arthur served as a professor, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent, and received numerous community service awards. She enjoys playing bridge, mahjongg and golfing.
 
Alex Brough

Teaching bridge is Alex Brough's “second career” since he retired from a 30-year career as an insurance broker in 2001 and relocated to coastal Georgia with his wife, Lois. Sensing a growing interest in bridge locally, Alex became a certified ACBL director and founded two duplicate bridge clubs. He enjoys the flair of tournament play and earned the distinction of Bronze Life Master. He is an ACBL certified teacher and director, member of the American Bridge Teachers Association and recipient of his Unit’s 2010 Goodwill Award. Alex is president of Coastal Georgia Bridge Unit 202, and has served for approximately 300 days as bridge director for cruise lines. He is also a retired commander of the U.S. Navy reserves, with 25 years active duty and reserve service as a Russian linguist and intelligence officer. He is an active golfer, bicyclist and tennis player, and enjoys travelling internationally.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  Jekyll Island 5 nights
 Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.
  Contact info: 371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com
  Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker
  Facility amenities: Concierge Services, Common/Public Areas, Accessible to Wheelchairs, Fax (For Guests), Complementary Coffee, Gift Shop, Room Service, Restaurant in Hotel, Pool (Heated Outdoor), Tennis (Indoor), Tennis (Outdoor), Fishing, Hot Tub, Bicycling sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $100 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration will be in the hotel lobby at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jekyll Island
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. Highway 17
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Jekyll Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-233-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

75 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113 and MAX Transport 912-634-7749.

 
Driving Directions
  From Exit 29 on I-95 By Land On I-95 take Exit 29 onto Highway 17/82 North for 6 miles to the Jekyll Island Causeway (State Road 520). Proceed on the Causeway East 5 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($6 park entry fee). Proceed over the bridge and take the first left. This is Riverview Drive and takes you directly to the front of the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Bring cards.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, orientation and meet the group over dinner.
(Sunday, April 12)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Jekyll Island Club. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club. The Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures. Its impressive members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Other recognizable names on the roster were Macy, Goodyear and Gould.
 Evening: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Beginning Bridge lecture and evaluating hands.
(Monday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices. The Grand Dining room is beautifully restored in Victorian mode and features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces add cheer on Winter days. In Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees.
 Morning: We will divide into groups of four at the bridge table and to play and discuss practice hands. You’ll learn terminology and goals of this great game. No fear, you’ll never be tested nor asked questions. You’ll simply participate; meet new friends and HAVE FUN!
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch in a banquet room.
 Afternoon: Evaluating our hands. Aces and kings and other high cards are nice but length and shortness and also important. We’ll play hands to learn the difference between Trump and Notrump contracts. After this session (on your own) take a stroll along the boardwalk from the pool area to the beach, appreciating the protected ancient oak trees of the Maritime Forest along the way.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark.
 Evening: Play “No Bid” bridge with new friends. Your instructor will be available to discuss hands as needed.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Notrump play.
(Tuesday, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: In the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Introduction to Notrump play. We’ll examine the qualities of notrump hands and how to respond when partner opens notrump
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch in a banquet room.
 Afternoon: Opening the bidding in Hearts and Spades. We will learn the Five-Card Major system of bidding. In addition, we will consider defensive tactics like: “What’s a good opening lead?”
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Shuffle, play and relax with no set agenda. Consider the building blocks of today’s activity. It’s a great opportunity for questions.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: How to open a bid.
(Wednesday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: In the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Opening the bidding in Clubs and Diamonds. We refer to these as minor suits. We will play and defend practice hands and how to respond to opener’s bid.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch in a banquet room.
 Afternoon: This is the ideal time to discover the island’s pristine beaches and nature reserves, or pay a visit to the historic district. The conference room will also be open for participants who would prefer to play bridge.
 Dinner: One dinner is open for you to explore on your own at award winning local restaurants.
 Evening: Enjoy your free evening or bridge play with your new friends in the conference room.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Advancing the bidding.
(Thursday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: In the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Advancing the bidding. What do we do after an opening bid is made? We’ll also consider hands with lots of high cards
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch in a banquet room.
 Afternoon: Competing in the bidding. We do have opponents! We’ll examine overcalls, the concept of “takeout doubles” and preempts.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Relax and play in a friendly tournament. We will play hands to reinforce our newly acquired skills
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Putting it all together.
(Friday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: In the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Putting it All Together. We’ll review key points and discuss: What’s next?
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Isalnd include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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