Talk about a dream incentive for golfers: 88 guests took the ride of a lifetime last fall, circling the globe by private jet and making stops at eight of the world's best courses. A full-time golf director prearranged tee times and had the players' clubs waiting for them upon arrival at each course. The 24-day trip, which cost $39,800 per golfer, was organized by Intrav, a St. Louis-based deluxe tour operator.
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* The American Golf Corporation, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based golf course management company, has launched a new incentive program: American Golf Corporate Services. It offers full service for golf events, corporate memberships at public and private clubs, pre-paid golf passes, and merchandise to reward clients and employees. Call 800-T-OFF-NOW.
* Costa Cruises and Paradise Golf will present a "Golf Academy at Sea" from November through April. Departing each Sunday from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., guests will take part in professional golf clinics onboard two five-star ships and visit the Caribbean's premier courses to play in golf tournaments. Call 800-GO-COSTA for more information.
* The Wailea Golf and Tennis Clubs at Maui's Wailea Resort have published a free guide for meeting and incentive planners on organizing golf and tennis events. Request the 35-page guide titled "How to Plan Great Golf & Tennis Events for Groups," by phone at (800) 332-1614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.