British Open Golf Cruise 2018

 

 

 

 

On this cruise, you will have the option to decide your courses. Please let us know whether your preference will be GARY PLAYER or BEN HOGAN courses.


Itinerary

Wednesday 11 July

Embark on to the Azamara Journey this afternoon at Southampton port. Welcome cocktails & an evening briefing will follow.

 

Thursday 12 July

Arrive into the Bailiwick of Gournsey today. Found just off the coast of Normandy, it is a wonderful mixture of British & French design. It is ideal for rambling along cliffside paths, while the number of bistros & cafes will provide ample r&r for tired legs. It was also the home of Victor Hugo whom wrote some of his best-known works, including Les Miserables.

 

Friday 13 July

Today, you will arrive into the Irish coastal town of Cobh in Cork. A quintessentially Irish seaside town, Cobh was the destination for 2.5 million Irish immigrants that sailed for America in the 19th & 20th centuries & was the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. It has remained largely unchanged since the days of the Titanic with brightly coloured town houses & the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral dominating the skyline.

GARY PLAYER: Your golfing adventure begins at Cork Golf Club. The club was founded in 1888, but moved to its current location in the early 1920’s where renowned architect Alister McKenzie (Augusta National & Royal Melbourne) oversaw a major upgrade.

BEN HOGAN: Begin your golfing rounds at Fota Island Deerpark Course. With its mature woodland, pot bunkers & double greens with undulating slopes, this is a challenging, yet beautiful course. The course was home to the Irish Open in 2001 & 2002.

 

Saturday 14 July

Make your way up the Irish coast to the capital of Dublin. Fantastic architecture, great restaurants & boutique shops litter this beautiful city & add to its charm. Be sure to visit the Guinness storehouse to learn all about this famous brew & enjoy the craic in Temple Bar.

GARY PLAYER: Today you will play the K Club course, which hosted the dramatic 2006 Ryder Cup. The stunning course was designed by Arnold Palmer & has since had no less than 14 lakes added.

BEN HOGAN: The Portmarnock Links will be host to you today. The first course designed by Bernhard Langer, Portmarnock Links is a beautiful setting for any golfer who admires aesthetics as well as playability.

 

Sunday 15 July

Arrival on the tiny Isle of Man, with its lovely seafront lined with picturesque hotels & restaurants will be a real delight! The village of Cregneash is home to people that still speak the local Manx language & live in thatched houses. The Isle of Man is a beautiful setting for dramatic landscape photos.

Today, there is the option of adding the Castletown Golf Links to your itinerary. Surrounded by sea on three sides, this course boasts amazing views from every hole. Space is limited so early sign up is recommended. Please contact for price & availability.

 

Monday 16 July

Arrive into Belfast, Northern Ireland, this morning. With the Titanic museum & exuberant Victorian & Edwardian buildings, Belfast has come a long way since its troubled recent past. However, you can still see the murals that cover buildings where the old divisions once were.

GARY PLAYER: Today you will play at Royal County Down. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 10 golf courses, it is a true test of links golf set aside the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.

BEN HOGAN: Play will commence at Royal Portrush. Holding the distinction of being the only Irish venue to hold the Open, it will do so again in 2019. The course is as fine as you will find, with the 5th being a particularly remarkable hole being that its green is hanging on the edge of a cliff.

 

Tuesday 17 July

Upon arrival in Glasgow, this reinvented industrial centre has become a major cultural hub. Known for its seafood dining, there a plenty of options for Champagne & oysters, while the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, with its art-deco lamps & marble floors, is home to Dali’s “Christ of St John of the Cross”.

GARY PLAYER: The Ailsa Course awaits you today. The coastal scenery is magnificent, particularly from the 4th to the 11th. In 1977, the course was home to the famous “duel in the sun” between Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson & has been the setting for the Open on four occasions.

BEN HOGAN: Today would play at the Prestwick Golf Club, one of the world’s oldest clubs. It is a very testing & traditional links & was home to the first ever Open Championships in 1860. Only the old course of St Andrews has hosted more Open’s.

 

Wednesday 18 July

A full day at sea to enjoy all that the ship has to offer.

 

Thursday 19 July

Arrive at Kirkwell on the Orkney Islands this morning. You will have a full day to explore the town, with its St Magnus Cathedral, rolling fields & heather cloaked moors. Whales & dolphins can be spotted in its fertile summer waters, but what is most telling it the Neolithic village that was inhabited & abandoned more that 5,000 years ago.

 

Friday 20 July

Arrive into Inverness today, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Within easy distance is Dunrobin Castle, one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the 13th Century. Daily displays of ancient sports & falconry take place on its gardens. A little further is Cawdor Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

GARY PLAYER & BEN HOGAN: All will play the Castle Stuart Golf Links today. One of the newest links courses in Scotland, has wonderful views of the Black Isle. Six holes hug the shoreline, while the others have stunning sea views. This is already in the world’s top 100.

 

Saturday 21 July

Upon arrival into Dundee, guests will be pleasantly surprised with this former industrial hub. Now a cultural centre, Dundee boasts the first design museum outside of London & the Dundee Science Centre which is devoted to the senses.

GARY PLAYER: Today play at Glenagles. Host to the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles is set within the Perthshire Hills with wonderful views of the Grampian Mountains.

BEN HOGAN: Play will be at Kingsbarns Golf Links today. Dating back to 1793, the sandy soil offers fast-&-firm playing conditions for true links golf. It is a challenging, yet enjoyable champion-standard traditional Scottish links course.

 

Sunday 22 July

Today, you travel back to Dundee & have the option to watch the final round of the 147th Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie. Please see below for details.

 

Monday 23 July

A lunchtime arrival into the simply stunning city of Edinburgh awaits you today. This medieval city is dominated by the imposing Edinburgh Castle, located right in the heart of the city. Plenty of great restaurants & bars create a lively, positive atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist. Be sure to walk the Royal Mole that links Holyrood to the Castle.

Tuesday 24 July

Disembark the Azamara Journey this morning.

Why not add an extension to your British voyage or venture further afield in Europe? Speak to one of the team today for options.


Package Inclusions:

  • 13 night tour aboard the Azamara Journey travelling through Southampton, Gournsey, Cork, Dublin, Isle of Man, Belfast, Glasgow, Orkney, Inverness, Dundee & Edinburgh
  • 7 rounds of golf:
    • Cork Golf Club or Fota Island Deerpark Course
    • The K Club or Portmarnock Links
    • Castletown Golf Links (optional)
    • Royal County Down or Royal Portrush
    • Ailsa Course or Prestwick Golf Club
    • Castle Stuart Golf Links
    • Gleneagles or Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Green fees & starting times including shared golf cart
  • All transfers to & from each golf course
  • Use of range & practice balls
  • Welcome & farewell on-board cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
  • Box lunch at each course with open bar for soft drinks, beer & wine
  • Casual tournament with awards
  • Management & handling of golf equipment for duration of voyage
  • All gratuities for golf related staff & drivers
  • Full time golf programme manager on board & at each site
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner while on board the ship
  • Soft drinks, specialty coffees & teas while on board
  • Selected spirits, international beers & wines during regular bar hours
  • Gratuities
  • Shuttle service to & from port communities

Include tickets to the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie for $295 per person

$11,105 per person – based on a double/twin occupancy in an Interior Cabin

$12,605 per person – based on a double/twin occupancy in an Oceanview Cabin

$14,805 per person – based on a double/twin occupancy in a Suite Cabin

Port fees & taxes are an additional $358per person.

Book now with a $2,360 per person deposit. All packages are subject to availability.


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