You might think golf tour operators would’ve gone the way of buggy-whip manufacturers, what with the Internet and the rise of do-it-yourself booking. In fact, the best tour operators are thriving. They’ve met the online era with heightened service, creative product ideas and smart marketing partnerships.
All our Editors’ Choice tour operators are great at the basics: organizing an unforgettable buddies trip to Scotland, Ireland or some other desirable golf destination. If that’s what you’re after, we recommend reaching out to them. Each can create a proposed itinerary for you quickly and free of charge.
But they can also offer much more. Carr Golf can drop you into the thick of a competition. This summer marks its 29th annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament in Waterville, Ireland, and its 11th annual Father & Daughter event. PerryGolf gets about a quarter of its business these days from golf cruises, which can take you practically anywhere in the world, from the British Isles to New Zealand to the Caribbean.
Celtic Golf has built a nice specialty in Solheim Cup-related travel, which is part of a burgeoning portfolio of women’s trips for that firm. In addition to strengthening its relationships with club pros, who often come along for free if they bring seven or more members, Haversham & Baker has been growing its couples business by focusing on trips with bit a less golf and a bit more sightseeing.
Kalos Golf is a North Carolina-based operator that specializes in global golf trips by private air and chartered sea cruises. The company takes clients to New Zealand, the British Isles, France, South America and remote areas of the world. Its 2018 trips are already booked, but for 2019, customers can attend the final days of competition at Wimbledon in London before playing top courses,including Royal County Down, Royal Dornoch and the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Though these companies can’t promise you a trip that goes flawlessly—we’re talking about international travel, after all—their decades of experience goes a long way toward solving whatever turbulence you may encounter along the way.
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