A golf trip to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland to play seven of the world’s best golf courses…
Royal County Down (#5)
Royal Portrush (#14)
Royal Dornoch (#16)
Castle Stuart (#56)
Trump Scotland (not yet ranked, but fantastic)
…with the option of extending to include rounds at..
The Old Course at St. Andrews (#4)
Believe it or not, this awesome lineup was not what primarily caught my attention.
No, the fascinating part was that this trip — which could easily take weeks by land and commercial air — is being done in just eight days by sea in mid-July 2013.
“Short of chartering a helicopter, playing each of these courses in such a short period of time would be logistically impossible,” said the editors of Golf Odyssey.
And speaking of logistics, that’s another reason I’m tipping you off about this trip.
“Unlike most trips to Ireland and the British Isles, we will not need to lug our golf clubs around, labor to find a good restaurant, or unpack our luggage after a long drive. The ship will position us within easy reach of each course.
On many days, we will simply wake up, roll out of bed, and be at the day’s links within five minutes. Our clubs, shoes, and caddies will be waiting.
After a day of golf, we won’t worry about getting to dinner or driving after a few pints because we will be on the friendly confines of the Sea Cloud II [Silversea's 90-passenger vessel privately chartered by cruise experts at Kalos Golf] where we’ll enjoy butler service, drinks in the ship’s lounge, and five-star dining at our own private restaurant.”
Talk about a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life: the best of the British Isles and Ireland with none of the hassle.
If you’re interested in this trip (which has programs for non-golfing traveling companions), email travel [at] golfodyssey [dot] com or call Laura Spinka at Kalos Golf (800-314-3162).
One piece of advice if and when you book: subscribe to Golf Odyssey beforehand.
As you can imagine, this trip isn’t cheap (I think it starts around $8,000), but as a subscriber, you’ll get a $500 credit and cabin preference if you book before October 15, 2012.