Top river cruises for golfers

Europe is home to some of the world’s top golf courses, many of which you can visit either during a standard river cruise or on a specialist sailing tailored to golf enthusiasts.

If you’re keen to test your skills while sailings, here are our top river cruises for golf lovers.

AmaWaterways Concierge Golf Program

AmaWaterways - AmaKristina - River cruise along the Danube

Pairing a Danube river cruise with some of Europe’s top golf courses, AmaWaterways offers a number of sailings which start in May 2019. The itineraries include Romantic Danube and Melodies of the Danube, both of which feature up to five rounds of golf at some of the leading championship courses.

These courses include:

  • Albatross Golf Club, Albatross Course, Prague – Host of the Czech Open
  • Hartl Resorts Beckenbauer Course, Bad Griesbach, Germany – Host of the Porsche European Open
  • Diamond Country Club, Diamond Course, Atzenbrugg, Austria – Host of the Lyoness Austrian Open
  • Penati Country Club, Legends Course, Senica, Slovakia – Host of the Slovakian Open
  • Pannonia Country Club, Budapest, Hungary – Host of the Hungarian Open

Guests will also receive a pull trolley for use as they go round the course, automatic entry to the Tour Order of Merit and a range token per round, as well as a Welcome Packet which comprises a dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, a pitch repair tool, five course guides and a leather shoe bag. Golfers needn’t worry about their muddy clubs either as there is also club cleaning provided after each round!

Lunch is also provided at each course, including beer and wine, alongside private luxury Mercedes transfers between ship and course.

Uniworld’s Go Active golf excursions

Guests sailing on Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itineraries can enjoy the exclusive ‘Go Active’ golf excursion, where there is an opportunity to play two of France’s top-rated golf courses. These include Normandy’s spectacular cliff-top course, Golf d’Étretat and the Mont-Saint-Aigan course near Rouen.

Etreat is a stunning 1908 course, combining two nine-hole loops of a par-72 links, while Mont-Saint-Aigan is ideal for beginners and veterans.

During the excursion, all golf equipment rentals and course time fees are included, though guests can bring their own clubs if they choose.

Golf clubs - Equipment

Crystal Cruises ‘Design Your Time’ experiences

Along with Crystal Cruises concierge service, river cruisers can enjoy an array of customised tours to suit your hobbies and interests. Within these golfers can ask to play on many top golf courses as they sail – most of which are only 20-minutes to an hour from the ship.

Some of the courses included in the experiences are:

  • Golf & Country Club Basel in Switzerland
  • Kolner Golf Club in Cologne
  • Golfclub Borsa in Bratislava, Slovakia

There are plenty other options available, with golfers able to request those which they would like to play and arrangements can be made if possible.

Crystal River Cruises - Crystal Bach

CroisiEurope golf excursions

On the seven-night La Belle de Cadix itineraries with CroisiEurope, groups of up to ten people can enjoy a golf excursion during the sailing. Guests can take their own clubs or CroisiEurope will arrange rental for them to enjoy a round.

Courses involved in the excursion include:

  • Seville’s Golf Zaudin
  • Cadix’s Sancti Petri Hills Golf
  • Puerto de Santa Maria’s Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club
  • Vila Real de Santa Antonio’s Golf Quinta da Ria
  • Seville’s Club de Golf Hato Verde

Enjoy a golf themed river cruise through Europe

Man playing golf, mid-swing

These specialist cruises often sell out fast, due to their popularity. If you would still like to enjoy golf on-board, but have missed out on a themed sailing there are other options. Viking River Cruises, Scenic, Tauck and Emerald Waterways can also offer private, customised excursions for golf rounds, equipment rental and transport.

Have you played golf on a theme cruise or speciality excursion before? Which course would you most like to play in Europe? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Emma Smith

Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over two years. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2021! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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