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3 Golf Cruises Take the Game to a New Level

3 Golf Cruises Take the Game to a New Level3 Golf Cruises Take the Game to a New Level

Are you an avid golf traveler? There are plenty of resorts and hotels that now offer golfers great package deals and access to local courses. If this type of travel no longer holds a lot of appeal for you, take a closer look at golf cruises. A hot commodity in some areas of the world already, these vacation opportunities are sure to introduce you to locales you would have never played in the course of a standard getaway.

GolfAhoy: Hawaii Golf Cruise for all Types of Players

780-415-5442

Starts at $6,415

Combine a three-day Hawaii golf resort stay at Turtle Bay Golf & Spa Resort with a seven-day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Ports of call include Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, Maui, and Oahu. Plan to play Turtle Bay Resort's Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses while enjoying the resort amenities. As the cruise sets sail, play Wailea Emerald or Gold on Maui, the Makalei Golf Course on Kona, and the Puakea Golf Club or Kauai Lagoons on Kauai. Departures take place Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. from Honolulu; you disembark on Saturday mornings in Honolulu at 7 a.m. This golf vacation earns a top spot among cruises because organizers set up tee times; reserve carts; and offer opportunities for novice players, intermediates, and even experts to take their games to the next levels. If you want to play courses not included in the itinerary, be sure to discuss your plans with the GolfAhoy tour operators; it is possible to get you onto executive courses not listed for additional fees.

Kalos Golf: Danube River Golf Cruise for all Skill Levels

866-942.3464

Starts at $7,985

Playing golf in Europe is a special treat; doing it in three countries over 11 days is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for the serious player. Book the June or September cruise, and you will play the Pannonia Golf Club in Alcsutdoboz, Hungary; test your mettle at the Colony Club Gutenhof in Himberg, Austria, and also at the Fontana Golf Club in Oberwaltersdorf and the Golfclub Am Mondsee; and enjoy a round at the Golf Club am Habsberg in Germany's Velburg-Unterwiesenacker, as well as the Brunnwies Golf Club in Haarbach. Start the trip in Salzburg, Austria, and end in Budapest, Hungary. There is more to this golf cruise than just the game -- visit the sights of non-golf destinations in Budapest, Vienna, Melk Abbey, and Durstein in Austria. Do not neglect to check out Passau, Germany. What makes this golf cruise special is the potential for a Prague extension with possible golf play at the Karlstejn Golf Club if 16 participants agree to pay an additional $1,985. Extra brownie points go to the cruise organizers, who make golf carts available to interested players; you may not realize it in the U.S., but carts are quite rare on most European courses.

European Waterways: Ireland Golf Cruise for Players and Golf Widows

877-879-8808

Rates vary from $4,110 to $4,660 for a suite (depending on season); add $800 for the golf surcharges

This seven-day cruise departs from Killaloe, Ireland, and takes you to Mountshannon, where the Lahinch Golf Club is part of the itinerary. On day three you visit Terryglass and the Portumna Golf Club, while on day four you find yourself in Banagher and play the Galway Bay Golf Course. Next is the Athlone Golf Club near Hodson Bay, and finally, Glasson Golf and Country Club and the Quigley Marina. All courses, with the exception of Portumna, feature a par 72. In true cruise fashion, there are additional sightseeing opportunities for the golfer who wants a day off from play. This also makes it an excellent golf cruise for the player and non-playing spouse. Don't leave a golf widow to get bored in the cabin -- let her explore Ireland, instead!

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