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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; 2/1/2015 - 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: $799.00 - 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.



2-1-2015, 4-12-2015

On this BEGINNER-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.



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
   Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
  Jekyll Island 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Type: Resort
  Description: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island is located on ¼ mile of unobstructed oceanfront property. Recently completing a $17 million renovation to become a Holiday Inn Resort, this hotel is perfect for the business or leisure guest. Our unique location and amenities provide for a relaxing yet stimulating experience on Jekyll Island.
  Contact info: 711 North Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 912-635-2211
web: www.hijklresort.com
  Room amenities: Room amenities include a flat panel tv, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Wifi.
  Facility amenities: Amenities include an oceanfront pool and hot tub, poolside tiki bar, on-site bicycle rentals, business center, full service restaurant and bar, state of the art fitness center with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean,and free Wifi to name a few.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $90 plus resort fee and taxes. Book directly through the Sales Office to receive this rate call.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $90 plus resort fee and taxes. Book directly through the Sales Office to receive this rate call.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island 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

   

Please call in advance for rates and to 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 Island Premier for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Please call in advance for rates. 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

   

Call in advance for rates. 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 go left at the roundabout onto Beachview Drive. The hotel is about 1 mile on the right.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

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 / Registration / Welcome Dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, October 18)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Orientation will follow dinner. We will discuss program details and activities for the week. It’s time to start discovering why bridge is a famous game. We’ll give you a little overview of what you can expect over the next few days. “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: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Advancing and Duplicate Bridge lecture, tourney and supervised play.
(Monday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our delicious breakfast at Beach House, our on-site restaurant. Items include: seasonal fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, yogurt, bacon, sausage, gravy, hash browns, grits, Danish, biscuits, waffles, bagels, toast, and muffins. Choose from coffee, hot tea, milk, and assorted juices to complete your meal.
 Morning: Advancing bridge class is taught by an Emerald Life Master with 8500 master points. Understanding and Improving Your Notrump Bidding. In depth examination of nuances of Stayman and transfer bidding – beyond the first bid. We will also cover evaluating a Bridge Hand. Improve your bidding by understanding the worth of your hand.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch.
 Afternoon: Bridge tourney with your new friends.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Advancing bridge review and supervised play at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Advancing and Duplicate Bridge lecture, tourney and supervised play.
(Tuesday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our delicious breakfast at Beach House, our on-site restaurant.
 Morning: Planning the Play of a Hand as Declarer. Make sure you have a plan before playing a single card. Emphasis on establishing a side suit as declarer. A Declarer Technique – Elimination Play. The most common and the easiest of endplays – Gaining confidence in your play of the hand
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch.
 Afternoon: Bridge Tourney
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Supervised bridge play.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Get a new perspective on signals and answer the question on leading singletons - Why Not? Then, enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own!
(Wednesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our delicious breakfast at Beach House, our on-site restaurant.
 Morning: Defensive Plans – A brief overview with emphasis on the Suit preference signal. Winning bridge as a partnership with your partner as defenders. Responding to a Takeout Double. How to describe your hand when partner makes you bid – and what to do after you double! Partnership cooperation and communication.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch.
 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 on your own.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Advancing and Duplicate Bridge lecture, tourney and supervised play.
(Thursday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our delicious breakfast at Beach House, our on-site restaurant.
 Morning: The Rule of Eleven. Magic! How to know where the cards are through partnership. We will cover an honor with an honor. When to follow this rule, when to ignore it. An appreciation of the reasons for and against.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch.
 Afternoon: Bridge Tourney.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served.
 Evening: Supervised bridge play.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Summary of the week ends the program.
(Friday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our delicious breakfast at Beach House, our on-site restaurant.
 Morning: A finale selected based upon the abilities and desires of the participants. From a menu of: Slam bidding, Negative doubles, reverses, 2/1 game forcing concepts, splinter bids, weak two bids, etc. Hotel check-out is at noon. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. 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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