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There aren’t many sport­ing events that can com­pete with the US Masters for ex­clu­sive­ness; tick­ets can cost thou­sands of dol­lars and are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to ob­tain. Luck­ily, the Fa­nat­ics are of­fer­ing a range of ter­rific and af­ford­able Masters pack­ages for 2018.

Whether you want a taste of the first ma­jor of the sea­son or a full-help­ing, Fa­nat­ics has you cov­ered for your once-in-a-life­time trip to Au­gusta Na­tional. The com­pany is a fully reg­is­tered travel agent and is able to guar­an­tee en­try to the tour­na­ment at the best pos­si­ble price.

A large range of pack­ages are avail­able and start at US$4,490 for three nights, which in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion, of­fi­cial mer­chan­dise, beer, wine and snacks each evening, a tour guide, and Masters badges to ei­ther the par-3 con­test and open­ing round or the week­end’s com­pe­ti­tion.

And, if you feel like hit­ting the links your­self, ex­tended Golfers Tours are also avail­able. You’ll be­gin in Los An­ge­les be­fore trav­el­ing to San Diego, where you’ll play the world-renowned Tor­rey Pines and Aviara golf cour­ses. Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Au­gusta, you’ll be able to choose from the range of Masters pack­ages on of­fer, as well as en­joy rounds at For­est Hills and Wood­side Plan­ta­tion. These tours start at $6,290 for six nights and in­clude in­ter­nal flights and trans­fers.

The trips be­gin their de­par­ture on the March 31, 2018 and the tour­na­ment be­gins on April 5.

For more in­for­ma­tion, full itin­er­ar­ies and to book, go to www.the­fa­nat­ or call 1300 326 284

Trend­set­ter Travel has re­cently re­leased its 15-day May 2018 Monaco to Venice itin­er­ary, which in­cludes games at two of Sicily’s top-five cour­ses – Ver­dura Re­sort’s East Course and Il Pic­ci­olo Golf Club.

Opened in 2009, Ver­dura East was de­signed by Kyle Phillips (of Kings­barns’ fame) and lies along­side the West course, a com­pos­ite course re­cently hosted the Euro­pean Tour. While the ship is berthed at Taormina for 14 hours, golf will also be played at Il Pic­ci­olo.

The 15-night cruise is on Sil­ver Whis­per, the 382 pas­sen­ger lux­ury in­clu­sive ship, one of the nine lux­ury ves­sels of the Sil­versea cruise line. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing that par­tic­i­pants on its golf cruises have dif­fer­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of the op­ti­mal amount of golf to play and which ports to golf at, Trend­set­ter Travel al­lows each par­tic­i­pant to choose be­tween a min­i­mum of six games and a max­i­mum of nine games.

Choos­ing less than the max­i­mum of nine games will not be an easy de­ci­sion with so many great cour­ses in­cluded in the itin­er­ary. For ex­am­ple, in Cor­sica and Sar­dinia, the tour plays two Robert Trent Jones de­signed lay­outs – Golf de Sper­one and Pevero Golf Club – both of which oc­cupy cliff-top set­tings.

Apart from the great golf itin­er­ary, a feature of the cruise is the par­tic­u­larly long days ashore, which in most ports al­low an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the towns while still in­clud­ing a game of golf.

As for all Trend­set­ter’s lux­ury golf cruises, golf is com­pet­i­tively priced at less than 40 per­cent of the price per round charged by the lead­ing USA golf cruise op­er­a­tors and the price of a cabin on board Sil­ver Whis­per is sub­ject to a 10 per­cent dis­count for early pre-pay­ments.

For more in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing a de­tailed itin­er­ary and price list, call (02) 9428 5900, email david@trend­set­ter­ or visit www.trend­set­ter­

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