I was reading the July issue of Golf Odyssey when I came across something that stopped me in my tracks:
A golf cruise to Northern Ireland and Scotland to play eight of the world’s best links golf courses:
- Machrihanish – Old (#91)
- Royal County Down (#6)
- Royal Portrush (#15)
- Castle Stuart (#56)
- Cruden Bay (#79)
- Trump International Golf Links (#50)
- Carnoustie (#23)
- Kingsbarns (#55)
…with the option of extending to include a round at The Old Course at St. Andrews, which will be in particularly high demand next summer after having hosted the Open Championship this past weekend/today.
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 twelve days by sea in early August, 2016. According to Golf Odyssey‘s editors,
“Short of chartering a helicopter, playing each of these courses in such a short period of time would be logistically impossible.”
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, you will not need to lug your golf clubs around, labor to find a good restaurant, or unpack your luggage after a long drive. Aboard Sea Cloud II you will never have to worry about getting to dinner or driving after a few pints because everything is right at hand.
Since the ship will be positioned within easy reach of each course, on most days you will simply wake up, roll out of bed, and be at the day’s links within minutes. Indeed, once you drop off your clubs in Dublin, they will be waiting for you at each course with your caddie.
Then, after the day’s round, you will return to the ship for personalized service, drinks in the lounge, and five-star dining in the elegant dining room.”
Talk about a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life: the best of the British Isles 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 Michelle at Kalos Golf (800-314-3162) and mention the Golf Odyssey British Isles cruise.
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 $9,000), but as a subscriber, you’ll get a $500 credit and cabin preference if you book before September 1, 2015.