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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:
1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 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

1-18-2015, 3-15-2015

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



2-15-2015, 3-29-2015, 11-15-2015

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



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: 855-787-3857 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: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $110 - $175 approximately. Call the for current price (855) 787-3857.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $110 - $175 approximately. Call the for current price (855) 787-3857.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night. 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. 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:
You will only pay a $6.00 entrance fee as you enter Jekyll Island State Park. If you leave the island during the week you will have to pay the fee again. 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:

 

Island Premier call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

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:

 

Island Premier - call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

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: 912-223-3271
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

   

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 u-turn. 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: Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, January 18)
   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
 Dinner: In a private banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we’ll enjoy a three-course chef’s choice meal including a salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, and water; additional beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Notrump Bidding Techniques / Defense and Play / Mini-Bridge Tournament / Supervised Play
(Monday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: In the Club’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, grits, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, and muffins, and a daily special breakfast entrée, plus coffee, tea, milk, juices, and water.
 Morning: Today we study: Notrump Bidding Techniques, Defense and Play. We’ll play, analyze and discuss presorted bridge hands, with minimum lecture. We’ll analyze options such as balanced raises, the Stayman convention and Jacoby transfers. Defensive leads and interference will be evaluated. Your Intermediate bridge class will be taught by a Bronze Life Master.
 Lunch: In the Jekyll Island Club’s dining room, we’ll enjoy a selection of salad, sandwich or soup, plus coffee, tea, and water.
 Afternoon: We’ll participate in our first mini-bridge tournament with our new friends and our instructor. In a relaxed and social environment, we’ll play and analyze hands based on this morning’s subject matter.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: We’ll gather in our private meeting room at the hotel with our instructor to shuffle, play and relax for an evening with no set agenda. As we play with our new friends, we’ll consider how today’s lesson fits into our individual style of play. Our instructor will be on hand to observe, make comments, and answer questions.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Intermediate Duplicate Bridge Lecture / Mini-Tournament / Supervised Play
(Tuesday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: With our instructor, we’ll continue building confidence as we explore how to compete in bidding. How can you and your partner communicate and compete when your opponents open the bidding? We will consider overcalls and learn how to use takeout doubles, negative doubles and re-doubles.
 Lunch: At the Club.
 Afternoon: We’ll enjoy a second mini-bridge tournament with our new friends and our instructor. In a relaxed and social environment, we’ll once again play and analyze hands based on this morning’s subject matter.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: We’ll gather for another evening of “no agenda” play, with our instructor on hand to make comments and answer questions. This morning’s lessons are the building blocks for this evening’s play. It’s a great way to learn.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Defensive Play / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: This morning our instructor will focus on taking extra defensive tricks. We’ll be alert for our partner’s signals such as attitude, count, and suit preference. We will also evaluate the impact of opening leads between notrump and suit contracts. Key points from this session are how to eliminate the bad leads, and choose from the rest. And, above all, remember that bridge is a partnership game!
 Lunch: At the Club.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might visit the Jekyll Island Historic District, to see how the millionaires enjoyed their winter vacations here. Or take a leisurely walk to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This is also an ideal time to discover the island’s pristine beaches and nature reserves. The Club’s conference room will also be open for participants who would prefer to continue playing bridge.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure to explore more of Jekyll Island, relax at the Club, or play more bridge in the conference room.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: How to Compete in Bidding / Mini-Tournament / Supervised Play.
(Thursday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: This morning, our instructor will go over ways to compete in the bidding. We’ll play and analyze preemptive and weak two bids as well as the strong two club opener. We’ll evaluate actions available to our partner when we preempt. We’ll also have some fun playing Michaels and Unusual No-trump hands.
 Lunch: At the Club.
 Afternoon: Mini-bridge tournament. We will continue to fine-tune what we learned through play and discussion. After the tourney, spend your free time exploring Jekyll Island.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: We’ll play a real duplicate game in a relaxed friendly environment. we are not only learning Bridge with each other; we will also be playing in a Club where gilded-age millionaires once enjoyed the game. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on how Bridge has been played around the world throughout history.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Review and Farewell / Program Concludes Note: Hotel Check-out by 12:00 p.m.
(Friday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Review and farewell. Remember that bridge is a lifelong game. There are millions of possible hands, each offering its own mystery. While we arrived at Jekyll Island with intermediate skills, we now possess the knowledge and confidence to play with anyone playing the Standard American system. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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