Luxury Golf for 2013
Since the inception, Crystal Cruises is expanding its luxury golfing opportunities around the world along with a 25 percent increase in international course offerings in 2013. There are three golf-themed cruises boasting new itineraries in the British Isles, New England/Canada, and the Canary Islands/Iberia, the Experience of Discovery voyages offer both exotic and close-to-home immersion in the regions’ best and most breathtaking courses. They offer also onboard clinics, classes, and mingling to improve one’s game.
A perfect example of the Six-Star caliber of related outings and programming is April 10’s 11-day cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona. Tony Jacklin, will be aboard to share tips and tales from his esteemed career, as well as play with guests at renowned championship courses.
Valderrama (Cadiz) is considered by many to be the #1 course in Europe, with a design that utilizes natural hazards to challenge golfers. Oitavos Dunes in Lisbon is called as “one of the finest pieces of golfing heaven anywhere in continental Europe.” They are also thankful to a game-enhancing design that complements a natural setting, including 50-year-old umbrella pines lining the outward nine. El Saler Golf Course in Valencia which is being after one of Golf Magazine’s 100 Greatest Courses in the World and designed by the “architect of Spanish golf,” Javier Arana, with a notoriously deceptive 6th hole to challenge even the most seasoned competitors. Golf Club del Sur in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the home to several PGA European tour competitions, with water hazards, volcanic sand bunkers, and 8,000 palm trees surrounding its 27 holes. Palheiro Golf Club in Funchal is being designed in order to test players’ strategic game, with tight fairways, fast greens and stunning bay views from 200 year-old estate grounds.
John Stoll, vice president of land and port operations said “We’re thrilled to offer our discerning guests the opportunity to meet other greens fans and share such premier golf experiences with them. Whether one is gleaning beginner’s tips from the on-board workshops with our pros, or already starting off with a low handicap, a Crystal golf itinerary is a dream vacation for exploring the nuances of this universally-loved game.”