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Old August 10th, 2009, 08:19 PM
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We are getting pumped about our cruise in May. My wife and I have recently picked up golf.

We were wondering who has golfed at Atlantis?

Or what is the best/most economical golf course from the Nassau port?

What is the best/most economical golf course in Freeport? (if there is one)

How do you get there? Cab, Bus, etc.

How long does it take to get from the ship to the golf course? (for Tee Time Schedule)

Should we book through the cruise line to insure itinerary changes are taken care of?

How is it bringing your own clubs/shoes?

Is it easier to rent clubs or pay to fly with them?


Sorry for all the questions, we were just discusing all these questions the other day and I was like THE CRUISEMATES BOARD WILL KNOW!!!

So that is why I am here for us, so you all can help.
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I can answer only one question... The ride form the port, via a taxi is about 10 minutes....

I might add, that with the extreme baggage regulations now, it might be better if you can rent them there, especially if that's the only port you plan to golf....
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We would also "like" to play at Freeport, but Atlantis is very pricey was wondering if anyone knows a more reasonable course at Nassau or Freeport?

We cannot possibly be the only ones that want to travel with golf clubs. They sell a travel golf bag you put your clubs and bag in that is airplane ready. Hopefully this will assist in getting our bags checked.

We just think it would be cool to golf a random location in the world.

Thanks for you input so far though.
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We would also "like" to play at Freeport, but Atlantis is very pricey was wondering if anyone knows a more reasonable course at Nassau or Freeport?

We cannot possibly be the only ones that want to travel with golf clubs. They sell a travel golf bag you put your clubs and bag in that is airplane ready. Hopefully this will assist in getting our bags checked.

We just think it would be cool to golf a random location in the world.

Thanks for you input so far though.
Nassau:


Cable Beach Resorts Golf Club
P.O. Box N-4914 Nassau
The Bahamas
Phone: (242) 327-6000 Fax: (242) 327-6987
Ocean Club Golf Course
P.O. Box N-4777 Nassau
The Bahamas
Phone: (242) 363-6682 Fax: (242) 363-2424

Freeport:


Emerald Golf Course
Mall at Sunrise Freeport Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone: 242-350-7000 Fax: 242-350-7045
Fortune Hills Golf and Country Club
A challenging 9-hole course, popular with both locals, winter residents and visitors, Fortune Hills has the longest part 5 in The Bahamas (530 yards)....
Fortune Hills Golf Course
Fortune Hills Clubhouse Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone: (242) 373-4500 Fax: (242) 373-5090
Our Lucaya Lucayan Course
"Rated #1 in The Bahamas....
Our Lucaya Reef Course
Our Lucaya Reef Course boasts 6,920 yards of links-style playing grounds....
Ruby Golf Course
Mall at Sunrise Freeport Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone: 242-350-7000 Fax: 242-350-7045
The Lucayan Golf Course
P.O. Box F-40333 Freeport Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone: 242-373-1066/7 Fax: 242-373-6659
The Reef Golf Course
P.O. Box F-40333 Freeport Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone: 242-373-2002 Fax: 242-373-6659
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Freeport -
http://www.carnival.com/ShoreExcursi...ioncode=416014
Nassau -
http://www.carnival.com/ShoreExcursi...ioncode=424017

This website will give you lots of info about the ship excursions:
http://www.carnivalgolf.com/

I know people who have done both and the general consensus is if in port for a shorter time frame use the ship AND rent clubs, don't take yours.
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My Husband has played all 3 of the courses in Nassau and the one at Cable Beach is very nice and not as expensive as the other 2. The Freeport course he played was the Lucayan course and he did that one through the ship (Elite Golf). He has alway's taken his own clubs, shoes, balls and glove, but since the golf bag is considered a piece of checked luggage, the next time he may just rent the clubs and take the rest. You can log on to Elite golf and pick Carnival and the ship you are taking and it will give you your options for your sailing, keep in mind most of the courses are around 200.00 each and you will be expected to tip the golf pro.
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Thanks for the help....more questions though.

How much of a tip should you give the pro? approx.

Does anyone know the cost of club rentals vs. the cost of flying with clubs?

If you do bring your own clubs, how do you get them off the ship when it is time to go golf?

Does it take a long time for the crew to get you your clubs?
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You keep your clubs in your cabin, or the room steward will stow them for you and you can ask him to get them the night before so they will be in your cabin. The golf excursions usually leave very early in the morning. We generally tip 25.00 to the pro, I have never been told what is appropriate, I just figured 10% of the excursion should be fair.
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Thanks for responding!

We are talking with carnival now about booking our excursion.
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Thanks for responding!

We are talking with carnival now about booking our excursion.
I truly think you will find this the best bet. Avoid the hassle of checked clubs/possibly missing ship/etc. Many times I suggest doing on your own but with this go with the ship. May be more expensive but it was be a good time... I'm sure it's all first class plus your times are booked so most likely no waiting.
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