Discover These 3 Ideal Destinations for Golf-Loving Couples

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence is one of many memorable attractions in Italy made readily available on a PerryGolf Escorted Tour, catering to couples.

From the banks of Venice to the shores of Sydney, whether observing the flightless Kiwi or simply gazing out upon the beautiful water of Lake Como, PerryGolf offers myriad destinations for couples who seek to combine their passions of travel and golf.

Enrich your mind and replenish your soul while pursuing those pesky pars, making lasting friendships along the way with similar minded folks who walk alongside on a unforgettable journey. Each of PerryGolf’s Cruises, Custom Tours and Escorted Tours provides not only a host of activities, sightseeing, dining and, of course world class golf on amazing courses, but also ample time for relaxing, recharging and enjoying a vacation certain to create indelible memories.

(Also, keep in mind that if you book a PerryGolf cruise by March 31st, your better half saves HALF, and you will also receive free internet while on board select Azamara cruises).

While PerryGolf can take you from the British Isles to South Africa and many points in between, learn more about these three destinations which are ideal for golfing couples:


If ever there was a country suited for traveling couples, it’s this European destination which is famously shaped like a boot.

Milan. Venice. Rome.

Shopping. History. Food & Wine.

Whatever you prefer – or why not a taste of each? – Italy caters to couples, allowing ample opportunity to indulge and inhale each scene and delight. Inquire about PerryGolf’s Best of Italy Escorted 2018, which begins Aug. 25 and spans two weeks, traveling from bustling city streets to quiet countryside. Admire Michelangelo’s amazing painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, feel in awe while gazing deep into Da Vinci’s Last Supper and you never know which A-List celebrity you may bump shoulders with while strolling about Lake Como.

The golf is stellar. Marco Simone will be the site of the 2022 Ryder Cup and is certain to present a daunting challenge to the finest professionals from Europe and the United States. Located 10 miles from the center of Rome and meandering around an 11th century castle, Marco Simone combines a creative mixture of challenge, beauty, risk and reward, designed by noted American architect Jim Fazio. The par-5 16th hole, measuring 550 yards from the championship tees with its green defended by a menacing stream is certain to snare the attention of each man or woman who passes through.

The quaint, beautiful towns of Sorrento and Positano sit perched high upon steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean.

A major shipping hub and port in the 18th century, Positano today is a sophisticated resort gazing down over the gorgeous central Amalfi Coast in Italy. Explore along steep flights of steps, if you wish. The town’s origin is traced to the ninth century and its nucleus centered around a Benedictine Abbey.

John Steinbeck, Pablo Picasso and Liz Taylor are among those who have fallen hard for the charm of Positano.


New Zealand

Sparse in population, rich in beauty and abundant in local hospitality, New Zealand demands at least one visit from any adventurous traveling couple.

From Taupo to Queenstown and every interesting point in between, PerryGolf delivers a unforgettable experience in New Zealand, offering both an Escorted Tour which begins Nov. 5th and a delightful cruise which departs in January, 2019 in addition to Custom Tours of your preference.

Let’s start with the golf, which in recent years has increased in quantity and quality. The incredible landscapes, rocky cliffs and vistas of sparkling blue water provide the perfect canvas, enabling talented course designers to craft masterpieces worthy of the trip required to experience them.

Along those lines, Cape Kidnappers receives all the headlines – and rightfully so. This Tom Doak masterpiece makes Pebble Beach look mundane, demanding shots over trees to targets in slivers of land nestled 500 feet above the glorious Hawke’s Bay. Equally enjoyable is Royal Wellington – the first in New Zealand to receive the Royal designation – and a regular host of the New Zealand Open – most recently in 2014.

Away from the links, Hawke’s Bay and its world-renowned wineries will make any wine connoisseur feel warm and fuzzy. It’s the nation’s oldest wine producing region in New Zealand is known for its full-bodied red wines and complex Chardonnays.

Lake Taupo is a destination beyond description. Called “Nature’s Ultimate Playground,” the brilliant scenery from Huka Falls to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings must be explored and PerryGolf provides ample time for just this on the journey.



Dates haven’t been finalized for the Best of Australia Escorted Tour 2019, but expect it to begin in January or February – and expect it to fill up quickly. The array of quality golf, interesting cities and warm people make Down Under a special landing spot. Then again, the warm climate awaiting when most Northern Hemisphere residents battle nip and chill of winter doesn’t hurt Australia’s seasonal popularity, either.

The golf is stunning in this grand sporting nation. We’ll discuss, momentarily, the world renowned layouts and immaculate conditions. But first, consider the wealth of attractions to realize in Sydney, Melbourne and beyond.

When discussing iconic images, the Sydney Opera House takes center stage. Located on the glorious Sydney Harbour and perhaps the most easily recognized structure in all of Australia, it welcomes seven million visitors annually. Take a guided tour or better yet – enjoy one of the 1,500 performances the Opera House holds each year.

For deluxe accommodations, the Langham Melbourne is an exquisite 5-star hotel on the banks of the Yarra River. Calm your body, mind and soul as East meets West in the Chuan Spa, which is considered among Australia’s finest.

Vue de Monde is simply one of many elite dining options available in downtown Melbourne. Be sure to save room for the rest and enjoy the view from 55 stories above the city, gazing across the skyline.

In Queensland be certain to visit one of these restaurants. We can almost taste the Patagonian Toothfish and Sydney Rock Oysters.

There are so many of the world’s best golf courses from which to choose. New South Wales (right) opened in 1928 after the Scottish architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie unveiled his brilliant vision. Abutting the Tasman Sea and Botany Bay, the layout is routinely ranked within the top five in Australia. Over on the northeast coast of Tasmania, the two courses at Barnbougle Dunes – The Dunes and The Lost Farm send scribes scrambling to the online thesaurus seeking other ways to say spectacular.


5 Reasons to Visit New Zealand

Milford Sound, known as the ‘8th Wonder of the World,’ is one of many breathtaking sights to enjoy on a trip to enchanting New Zealand.

In addition to its unmistakable beauty, New Zealand enjoys a rich, interesting history and diverse cultural tradition.

Roughly one thousand years ago, the Maori traveled on canoes from Hawaiki to New Zealand, becoming the first visitors. Abel Tasman, a Dutchman, is credited as the first European to see the country and the British explorer Captain James Cook, aboard HMS Endeavour, famously came ashore in Eastland in October, 1769.

The Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement signed in 1840 between the Maori and British Crown, established British Law in New Zealand and is considered the nation’s founding document.

With a population of approximately 4.7 million today, New Zealand is the same size as the Republic of Ireland. Picturesque and unspoiled, the English-speaking nation of New Zealand consists of two main islands and is a coveted destination for travelers from around the globe.

PerryGolf takes you to New Zealand by land or sea, enabling guests to enjoy the bountiful beauty and adventure offered from the mountains to the coast throughout this magnificent location. The Best of New Zealand Escorted Tour is a 13-Night, 7-Round trip in November, 2018 while the New Zealand and Sydney Golf Cruise is a 16-Night voyage offering five or six rounds of golf, setting sail in January, 2019.

There are many, but here are five reasons we suggest you visit New Zealand

Milford Sound

The brilliant English writer Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and one visit makes it easy to understand why the description fits. Carved from glaciers during the Ice Age, the sound features majestic waterfalls, rising a thousand meters above the dark water below. In season, seals, dolphins and penguins dot the water. Spectacular alpine scenery abounds and this body of water is beautiful from above or ground level.


Located on the eastern coast of the North Island, this town of 63,000 has an Art Deco community on par with Miami Beach. MTG Hawke’s Bay is a wonderful museum which details the massive 1931 earthquake which shook the city and the rebuild in the modern style, with clean, geometric shapes infused with a flair of flamboyance and touch of whimsy. Popular among tourists, the explorer Cook first noticed the beauty around Napier, making note of such during his original voyage and subsequent visit. The climate is ideal in January and February as well – average high of 75 degrees and average low of 58.

Cape Kidnappers

Completed in 2004, this Tom Doak design features 18 unique, challenging and scintillating holes. It’s like Pebble Beach on steroids. Every single hole offers a breathtaking view of the bay, located 400 feet below. We could write more, but here have a look for yourself.


Hawke’s Bay Wineries

Featuring an ideal climate with high sunshine, vineyards date back to 1851 in Hawke’s Bay. Whether you prefer a Bordeaux Blend, Chardonnay or a good Syrah, this vibrant region has a wine that will please your palate. It’s the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second-largest. Altogether, reds account for 88 percent of the wines produced here, however, the Chardonnays shall not be neglected while traversing the Wine Trail, which includes 72 wineries. Visit internationally recognized wineries such as Mission Estate, Trinity Hill, Ashridge, Black Barn, Craggy Range, Elephant Hill, Te Mata Estate on a PerryGolf Escorted Tour and also savor the panoramic views from Te Mata Peak.

Lake Taupo

Anyone wanting to better understand the culture of New Zealand should include a visit to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on their itinerary. The carvings took place over four years, completed in 1980. It’s one of many attractions available on this beautiful Lake Taupo. On a half-day snapshot tour of Taupo, enjoy a variety of contrasting scenery from wild river rapids to lush national park and steamy geothermal areas, as you visit local favorite attractions such as Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon, Aratiatia Rapids and much more.




Huka Lodge and a Visit to the Falls – New Zealand

Denise at Huka Falls
Denise at Huka Falls

New Zealand is a beautiful country with so many unique and breathtaking sights.  One of my most memorable experiences there was when I visited Huka Falls in Wairakei Park; the largest falls on the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river) near Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island.  Huka Falls is only a short 5-minute drive north of Lake Taupo.

Huka Lodge
Huka Lodge

The Falls have to be one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen; there are several viewing platforms and a 30-minute riverside walk that incorporates the many observation points.  Located along the banks of the Waikato River (about 300m from Huka Falls ) is the award-winning Huka Lodge – you couldn’t imagine a better place to stay!  With just 25 rooms in total, they offer a relaxing, intimate and first class service.  Their dining experience is a must thanks to the Michelin star chefs working with local produce to provide an unforgettable culinary event for guests.  Located in the grounds is their wine cellar, an underground chamber that can seat up to 10 guests for dinner – but this is just one of the fun and innovative ideas that the Lodge has in place.  

In my mind, Huka Lodge is worth the expense, and incorporating a trip to the Falls is an absolute ‘must do’ on any vacation to New Zealand.

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our team members responsible for our South Pacific programs.