If you’re the sort who enjoys making plans at the last minute, you might find our Editors’ Choice tour operators a little frustrating. Their services are in hot demand, and their most interesting packages are often sold out long in advance. Kalos Golf’s 2019 cruises have been fully booked since last year. More than half of the spots on its 2020 cruises are already taken. PerryGolf started accepting reservations on its 2021 cruises in April.
Golf cruises are popular these days, but they’re still no match for the bread-and-butter buddies trip: a group of pals shuttling from one course to the next, dining on pub grub, and staying in a handful of hotels along the way. Tour operators say the last part of that equation—all that packing and unpacking—is getting a little tiresome for some customers. Haversham & Baker is responding with custom itineraries that deliver at least three world-class courses within an hour’s drive of a single (very comfortable) hotel.
Trips tied to top golf competitions remain popular as ever. Carr Golf, celebrating its 30th anniversary, continues to host its much-loved Father & Son and Father & Daughter tournaments in Ireland. This year its Donald Ross Pro-Am will include club pros and their members, played over four rounds at Scotland’s Brora Links, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch.
Celtic Golf, also turning 30 this year, is bringing more than 300 golf fans to the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Plus, the company is a newly minted “Gold authorized provider” for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, meaning it can sell tickets and book accommodations at the Open Championship, which will be played at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush. Tickets to the Open are sold out—a first, according to the R&A—but if you want to attend, these well-connected tour operators should have little trouble hooking you up. Even if you didn’t plan it way in advance.
Best Golf Tour Operators:
Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions