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Intermediate Bridge at Historic Jekyll Island Club

Join experts to improve your bridge skills and learn new techniques amid the Gilded Age splendor of Jekyll Island. Plus, enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Jekyll Island Club!
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 11602RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Georgia

Intermediate Bridge at Historic Jekyll Island Club

Join experts to improve your bridge skills and learn new techniques amid the Gilded Age splendor of Jekyll Island. Plus, enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Jekyll Island Club!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Length
6 days
Rating (4.8)
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 11602RJ

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Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
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1,399
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Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
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Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2022
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1,899
Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
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2,199
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
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2,199
May 7 - May 12, 2023
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2,199
Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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2,199

At a Glance

Come to Georgia to master your bridge skills and to experience the fascinating nature and history of beautiful Jekyll Island. Each morning, learn from our bridge expert who provides practical instruction on leads, defense, signals and more for intermediate players. Spend your afternoons practicing what you’ve learned during round-robin play, and learn about Jekyll Island’s Gilded Age history and ecology on field trips. Then in the evenings, continue to refine your bridge skills in sessions of “no agenda” play, with the instructor on-hand to answer questions and give pointers.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to one mile over varied terrain, beach and boardwalks. At the hotel, there are steps leading from the Bellstand to the veranda at the entrance (there is a handicap lift available). There are also four steps leading to the front desk. There is a gift shop at the hotel that has steps as well, which includes three steps up and three steps down.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Improve your bridge skills under the tutelage of a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League.
  • Enjoy your stay at the historic Jekyll Island Club, and go behind the scenes to learn about its past as a resort for wealthy Americans like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts.
  • Learn firsthand about the ecosystem of this coastal environment on a beach walk and a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

General Notes

This intermediate bridge program requires basic familiarity with hand valuation, opener and responder general guidelines for bidding and rebidding, and basic guidelines for play and defense. Please note that it is not suitable for beginners. Also, this program covers all the requirements required to participate in the advancing program, "The Fun Way to Serious Bridge for the Advancing Player" (#13192).
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Faith Willis
Although Faith retired from a 25-year career as a professor and administrator, she continues work as a consultant, providing research for community, governmental and non-profit agencies. Faith is a certified ACBL teacher and has taught Bidding, Modern Conventions and Defense for three years. She enjoys tournament play and taking bridge lessons from nationally known teachers and is a Silver Life Master. She served as Board Chair of the YMCA and was named YMCA volunteer of the year. Faith is an active swimmer and Pilates student.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Linda Arthur View biography
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 sharing the history of Jekyll Island, playing bridge, mahjongg and golfing.
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Faith Willis View biography
Although Faith retired from a 25-year career as a professor and administrator, she continues work as a consultant, providing research for community, governmental and non-profit agencies. Faith is a certified ACBL teacher and has taught Bidding, Modern Conventions and Defense for three years. She enjoys tournament play and taking bridge lessons from nationally known teachers and is a Silver Life Master. She served as Board Chair of the YMCA and was named YMCA volunteer of the year. Faith is an active swimmer and Pilates student.
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BRIDGE BASICS 3: POPULAR CONVENTIONS
by Audrey Grant
This book is provided when you arrive at your program. Audrey Grant does it again with an amazing new book, Popular Conventions, the third book in a series. It covers everything from playing at a party table to a tournament table; Popular Conventions teaches you the core conventions that will strengthen your game for sure. It introduces you to the Stayman conventions, Jacoby transfer bids, the strong artificial two club opening, Blackwood and Gerber. This book gives you a chance to get ahead and win!
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Jekyll Island
D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Remember to bring your nametag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived.

Dinner: In a private banquet room at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. This program is intended for participants who already play social or duplicate bridge who would like to improve their game based on modern bridge guidelines. Intermediate Bridge is a program designed to present modern bridge popular conventions such as Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, weak and strong opening bids and slam bidding, as well as the use of overcalls, takeout, and negative doubles in the bidding process. Modern play of the hand and defense by the opposition are also presented. This program is not intended for rank beginner or advanced bridge players, nor those who wish to focus on tournament play. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Bidding, Defending Against Notrump, Beach Walk
Jekyll Island
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Activity note: Getting in/out of a passenger van. Standing and walking 1 hour during field trip.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room.

Morning: Today we’ll study notrump opening bids and responses. We’ll play several hands, with tips for both declarer play and defense. We’ll discuss the Stayman convention and overcalls. Your class all week will be taught by an ACBL-certified instructor.

Lunch: In a banquet room at the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll take a passenger van to the beach for an ecology beach walk hosted by a local expert.

Dinner: At the hotel.

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.

DAY
3
Jacoby Transfer Bid, Take-Out & Negative Doubles, Preempts
Jekyll Island
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Activity note: Minimal standing and walking. Walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll begin a discussion today of Jacoby Transfer bids in response to a no trump opening bid. We will discuss the take-out and negative doubles, asking partner to choose one of the unbid suits.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We’ll enjoy an afternoon of round-robin play with 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 hotel.

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.

DAY
4
Strong and Weak Bids, Sea Turtle Center, Free Time
Jekyll Island
B
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Activity note: Standing and walking 1/2 hour during field trip. Walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: For our shortened bridge schedule today, we’ll discuss another type of competitive bidding – preempts. What type of hand and what bidding situations lend themselves to a weak opening bid or weak jump overcall at the 2 level or higher? When and how should partner respond? Following our morning session, we’ll walk over to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Their mission statement affirms: “Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.”

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Free time. 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. The conference room will also be open for participants who would prefer to continue playing bridge.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure to explore more of Jekyll Island, relax at the hotel, or play more bridge in the conference room.

DAY
5
Slam Bidding, Wrap-up Session
Jekyll Island
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Activity note: Minimal standing and walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Strong hands can be fun – and challenging! Today we’ll discuss slam bidding; and when slam looks like a possibility, we need to know when and how to use the ace-asking conventions, Blackwood and Gerber, and when they are not appropriate.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will continue to fine-tune what we learned through play and discussion, then follow up with a review. 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.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences and enjoy camaraderie with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll continue “shuffle and deal” play in a relaxed friendly environment, with our instructor available for assistance. 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. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Behind the Scenes at the Club, Program Concludes
Jekyll Island
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: For our last activity, we’ll go behind the scenes to see how the Jekyll Island Club has maintained its standards of luxurious service for over a century. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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