For serious golfers who wants to play some of the world's best courses but have limited vacation time, there's no better way to travel than a golf cruise.
And Kalos Golf, a golf cruise operator that has been organizing trips for nearly two decades, has an upcoming trip that Golf Vacation Insider editor Craig Better calls "the ultimate golf cruise." We have to agree.
The eight-day trip through Ireland and Scotland lets travelers play six of the world's top 100 courses, as well as the still-unranked (but supposedly stellar) Trump International Golf Links. Normally, a trip to that many courses could take months to arrange and weeks to complete.
We reached out to Kalos Golf to find out some details about the trip.
"Playing that many rounds in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland would just not be possible in this amount of time over land," Casey Oliver, Kalos' VP of marketing, told us in an email.
Other benefits of visiting the courses by sea? Travelers only have to unpack once, don't need to carry their clubs, and have pre-arranged tee times, he said.
The itinerary includes rounds at:
Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland (#5)
Royal Portrush, Antrim, Northern Ireland (#14)
Royal Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland (#16)
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland (#21)
Portmarnock, Fingal, Ireland (#46)
Castle Stuart, Highland, Scotland (#56)
Trump Scotland, Aberdeen, Scotland (not yet ranked)
There's also an option extension with additional rounds at the Old Course and the New Course at St. Andrews (#4), and Turnberry (#18), all in Scotland.
For non-golfers, there are sightseeing tours at every port of call.
The cruise will set sail on Kalos' Sea Cloud II, a 90-passenger ship with elegant cabins, a fitness center, and fine dining room. It departs from Dublin July 13 and starts at $9,695 for golfers and $6,695 for non-golfers.
For players who are looking for a non-traditional golf vacation experience, Kalos also arranges on the Danube and Adriatic Sea.
Kalos shared some photos from past trips to the British Isles with us:
The Sea Cloud II
The Course at Carnoustie
The Course at Portmarnock