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GOLFERS SEEK GAMES WORLDWIDE.

Byline: Daily News

To some dedicated golfers, it seems, no distance is too far to go for a good round of golf.

That might account for the proliferation of golf safaris to Africa, golf cruises to England and Scotland, and even tours of several cities or countries with rounds of golf promised at each destination.

Here are some of the most unusual:

Low Country cruises: Clipper Cruise Line offers golf cruises sailing through the Intracoastal Waterway between Charleston, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., aboard the 100-passenger Nantucket Clipper. Passengers can play 18 holes at courses in Charleston, Hilton Head Island, St. Simons Island, Dataw Island and Osprey Cove. PGA golf pros accompany each voyage. Fall departure is set for Nov. 9; double-occupancy cost ranges from $2,400 to $3,300 and includes three 18-hole rounds of golf and greens fees. Information: (800) 325-0010.

Floating greens: Golf enthusiasts can play on all four major Hawaiian islands with American Hawaii Cruises' new Floating Greens of Hawaii golf package, a seven-night cruise, that lets golfers choose among 22 championship golf courses on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai, with prearranged tee times. Prices range from $90 to $145 per person for 18 holes and include cart and greens fees. Cruise fares start at $1,145 per person, double occupancy. Information: (800) 474-9934.

Queen's tee time: Abercrombie & Kent's Golfing in Scotland tour includes a five-day trans-Atlantic crossing aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, then golfing at Turnberry, Royal Troon, Gleneagles and St. Andrews, Scotland. Cost for the 11-day trip begins at $7,850, double occupancy. Information: (800) 323-7308.

Golfer's choice: Golf Holidays will plan vacation packages that include pre-booked tee times, lodgings and car rentals in destinations that include Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Florida, Scotland, Ireland or getaways to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and the Monterey Peninsula. Costs range from $109 for three-day budget packages to $3,209 for seven-day deluxe packages. Information: (800) 942-0200.

Golf along the Thames: Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a Thames cruise aboard Abercrombie & Kent's Actief barge between Windsor and Oxford, stopping along the way to play golf at Moor Park, Temple Golf Club, Calcot Park and Huntercombe. Six-night sailings are offered through Nov. 3. Prices start at $1,690 per person, double occupancy; three-day cruises start at $1,090. Information: (800) 323-7308.

African holiday: Carmel's Wide World of Golf offers a 15-day golf safari that includes stops for play and sightseeing in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls and Harare, with an optional extension to Kenya. Cost is $5,490 per person, double occupancy, and includes lodgings, meals, sightseeing and greens fees. Air fare is not included. A five-day Kenya trip adds another $1,760 and includes five more rounds of golf. Information: (800) 214-4653.

Scotland golfing: Five Star Touring offers seven-day cruises aboard the eight-passenger Vertrouwen on the Caledonian Canal, which runs through the Scottish Highlands. Five departures are scheduled between May and September - priced at $2,390 per person, double occupancy - for the Scottish Highland cruise, which includes golf at Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Boat of Garten, Newtonmore and Gleneagles. Information: (800) 792-7827.

Country golf: In The English Manner offers six-night programs for golfers that include lodgings at country homes in England and Ireland. Costs range from $1,750 to $2,499 per couple and include a rental car, some meals and lodgings with a host family on estates near championship golf courses; two estates have their own 18-hole courses. Information: (800) 422-0799.

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Photo: Clipper's golf cruises feature challenging courses a long the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Title Annotation:Travel
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 28, 1996
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