Have clubs, will travel

Remember the days of driving golf balls off the aft deck into the blue Adriatic? Neither do we, but ecological concerns have put a stop to that particular form of seafaring golf. Travelling duffers will be happy to know that today’s cruises are often designed with the golfer in mind,and offer a whole new way to see (and play) the world’s best courses.

Many cruise lines have developed itineraries that cater specifically to golfers, and include ports of call with prearranged tee times at some world-renowned private courses. International golf professionals often join the cruise to provide on-board lessons and tips. Once you’re in port, your club can be delivered and returned from that day’s course. While you enjoy the greenery, your non-golfing companions can shopping and sightseeing.

Meanwhile in the desert, the Resort at Summerlin in Las Vegas (25 minutes northwest of McCarran International Airport) is billing itself as the first luxury golf and spa resort off the Strip. The resort is bordered by three championshipgolf courses, including Tournament Players Club at The Canyons, home of the Las Vegas Senior Classic.

“Visitors to Las Vegas will now have a true luxury resoradjacent to some of the most challenging desert golf in the southwest,” says Brian McMullan, president and CEO. “Our golf packages make booking a golf vacation as easy as a tap in.”

So whether you’re into cruising or gambling, or both, a good round of golf is now available almost anywhere you travel.