Planning a vacation can be hard. You not only have to decide what kind of getaway you want, your vacation plans often also have to appeal to the travel preferences of many people.
If you hear “golf cruise” and think of a huge ocean liner equipped with a golf simulator, AstroTurf driving range, or mini-putt course, think again. In fact, think some of the most beautiful, revered, and challenging courses on Earth — complete with a fantastic travel experience to boot.
We’ve partnered with PerryGolf to offer you golf voyages that are anything but par for the course. Play some of the best golf courses in the world and experience the game like never before. Have an immersive, exciting travel experience that you’ll want to write home about. And enjoy some downtime by booking a luxurious spa visit, dining in our world-class restaurants, and reading a great book by the pool.
As you tee off on your golf adventure, PerryGolf staff will be onboard and onshore to oversee all aspects of your experience. From daily pairings and competitions to the handling of your golf clubs, it will all be taken care of.
And that’s not all! Here are five reasons why golf cruises make the best vacations
1. You can check off some bucket list golf courses.
Every golfer has a bucket list—a list of courses around the world that you want to, no, have to play before you hang up your clubs. We can take you there.
The British Isles
Prestigious is perhaps the best word to use when describing the golf courses of The British Isles. After all, this is where the game of golf was born. And when you cruise to the British Isles with us, you can fulfill some of your lifelong golf goals. You’ll play Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Birkdale, the Ailsa Course, Carnoustie, and Castle Stuart (which has been host to the European Tour’s Scottish Open four times and counting!).
Have you always wanted to golf Down Under? It’s easy when you let PerryGolf handle all the details. Our golf voyages bring you to six courses across Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, including the prestigious Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs (both listed on the Golf Digest Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses), and Jack’s Point in Queenstown.
The Iberian Peninsula
In recent years, a closely guarded golf secret has been revealed. For many — professionals and enthusiasts alike — Europe’s best golf courses are found on the Iberian Peninsula. And we’ll take you there to experience them for yourself on our Iberian Peninsula golf cruise. Here, you can play the Royal Seville (the two-time home of the Spanish Open), the legendary Valderrama in Sotogrande, Greg Norman’s challenging and charming El Prat in Barcelona, and more.
Golf is a sport that’s on the rise in the Baltics, and it’s easy to see why. Innovative courses, unbelievable natural beauty, and challenging landscapes combine to offer a unique style of play that is catching the attention of golfers worldwide. When you join us on a Baltic Sea golf cruise, you’ll tee off on northwest Russia’s only championship-caliber course (Gorki Golf Club), Hirsala, home of the 2015 Finnish Open, and the Ian Woosnam designed International in Amsterdam, among others.
2. You can appeal to everyone’s interests.
If you haven’t guessed already, we’re big golf fans, but even if you’re not, you’ll still find plenty to be excited about when you cruise with us. If your travel companion is itching to get in another round and you’d rather do something different, we have you covered. In St. Petersburg, for example, you can lose yourself in the vastness of the Hermitage, exploring one of the world’s great museums with a collection of over three million artifacts. Stand in the wonder of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, stroll the lively Temple Bar neighborhood in Dublin, or visit Al-Fateh Mosque — among the world’s largest — in Muscat.
And this is only a taste of what you can expect! Every golf cruise offers incredible onshore experiences on the course and off.
3. You’ll make new friends.
On your golf cruise, you won’t just make incredible memories. You’ll also make wonderful friends. You’ve booked this voyage because you love to travel and golf. The people you meet will share those passions. The intimate, club-like atmosphere onboard our ships makes it easy to get to know your fellow cruisers. A welcoming cocktail party, lunches at each golf course, and other onboard gatherings provide plenty of opportunities to socialize.
PerryGolf can connect you with other guests to hit the links, or you can golf with your own companions. Either way, you’ll enjoy recounting your best drives, indulging in some friendly competition, and perhaps even winning a friendly tournament
4. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Our golf cruises visit some of the most stunning travel destinations in the world. You’ll dock in the heart of Sydney, Australia, and cruise the dramatic Milford Sound. In the Baltics, you’ll fall in love with the magical ambiance, grand architecture, and mysterious history of St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, the sun-kissed Iberian Coast of Spain and Portugal is home to beautiful beaches, as well as incredible food and wine.
And let’s not forget the gorgeous golf courses in these beautiful destinations. In Northern Ireland, The Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush is a dramatic course full of rolling hills highlighted by stunning views of the Atlantic. This world-famous course gets its name from Dunluce Castle, the ruins of which can be seen atop the cliffside east of the 5th green.
Not to be outdone, Lofton Links in Norway has been described as “utterly spellbinding” and “The coolest golf course on Earth”. As you play your way through the course, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and the Norwegian Sea, you’ll quickly understand why. Natural beauty even plays an essential role for some holes, with the ocean acting as a water hazard and the beautiful beaches as natural bunkers.
With picturesque destinations like these, you’ll be pulling out your camera as often as your clubs.
5. You’ll make everyone back home jealous.
Each of our golf cruises features exceptional experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. These features set your travel experience apart from the usual — and will make your friends and family back home jealous.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, you can join us for an intimate tour with a Russian family at their home to learn about the city’s culture firsthand. In Doha, you can join a thrilling desert safari across the sands to the inland sea of Khor Al Adaid.
Helsinki is where you can hike the breathtaking wilderness of Nuuksio National Park, while a stop in Valencia offers the chance to explore the City of Porcelain and watch local artisans create works of art.
All this, while teeing off at some of the world’s most revered golf courses along the way, makes for an absolutely unforgettable voyage. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you requested a mulligan so you can do it all over again!
Whether you’re a golfer or not, these voyages will be incredible travel experiences. Who says you can’t have it all? Browse our upcoming golf cruises today and prepare to make your way from the blue water of the ocean to the greens of the world’s greatest courses.
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