Golf Tourism

Cannot skip Portugal golf tourism

The surprising growth of Portuguese & Spanish golf tourism

By: 2019. 03. 06.

My Portuguese friend, Carlos Ferreira (owner of Tee Times Golf Agency) wrote me a few weeks ago about an almost 30% growth in the number of played rounds among his clients between the periods of November 2017 –…

Castello Antognolla Golf Course Umbria Italy

What are the benefits of playing golf in Italy?

By: 2019. 03. 05.

If you remember, Reed Exhibition in cooperation with Sports Marketing Surveys came out with a study about the trends in the golf tourism industry in 2017. They asked over 10,000 regular golfers (=those who play at least 10…

facing the future golf travel agencies

The relevance & potentials of golf travel agencies in 2019

By: 2019. 02. 05.

We might have the impression that in the age of social media and smartphones golf travel agencies’ role will diminish in golf holiday package sales and golf destination promotion. However, who had been to the latest IGTM event…

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Italy the untold golf tourism destination…

By: 2019. 02. 03.

At the latest IGTM in Ljubljana, Slovenia I tried to discover the less popular golf destinations among them Italy. I found only 25 companies representing Italy, including DMCs, golf resorts, golf travel agencies, and hotels. All this while…

Miguel Franco Sousa golf societies

Golfing societies – Are they saving the game or killing it?

By: Miguel Franco de Sousa - President, Portugal Golf Federation 2019. 01. 09.

With some very isolated exceptions, the sustainability of golf courses has been seriously compromised a little bit all over the world. The question is: Do we have a few golfers or too many golf courses? Or maybe a…

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club golf course

What did Monte Rei Golf & Country Club achieve in 2018?

By: 2019. 01. 07.

During the latest IGTM event in Ljubljana, Slovenia, I thought I will be able to interview David Ashington (Director of Sales & Hospitality, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club). Very soon I had to realize that due to…

Scottish Golf Tourism Industry

Can Scottish Golf Tourism industry exceed the £325 million target?

By: 2018. 12. 27.

In 2016, the study of VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise found that the Scottish golf tourism industry worths £286 million. The Scots are very optimistic now. A review of Scotland’s National Golf Tourism Strategy has extended the industry’s target…

Turtle Bay Resort Arnold Palmer Course

Who will recognize Turtle Bay Resort in 2019?

By: 2018. 12. 19.

Don't worry nothing bad happened at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For those of you, who are not familiar with the Turtle Bay Resort, it is located on Oahu’s famed North Shore, approximately 50 minutes…

authentic golf travel experience is on demand

Provide authentic golf travel experience or you will lose!

By: 2018. 12. 04.

Last month, I had an interesting conversation with Carlos Ferreira, the owner of Tee Times Golf Agency (a leading Portuguese golf travel agency) about the possible new roles of golf travel agencies in the promotion of existing and/or…

Vidago Palace Portugal

40 tips where to play golf in the autumn in Portugal & Spain

By: 2018. 11. 07.

We can all agree on that 2018 was a great year for the Portuguese golf tourism industry: Just like in 2017 Portugal won the World's Best Golf Destination title at the World Golf Awards. I go even further, Portugal…

Carnoustie Golf Links - Scottish Golf Tourism Awards 2018 - team

Carnoustie Golf Links won the Best Golf Course over £100 category

By: 2018. 11. 06.

Not so far away from The 147th Open (was held at Carnoustie Golf Links; winner: Francesco Molinari), I thought to share with you the latest success of Carnoustie Golf Links. Carnoustie Golf Links won for the second time (first time…

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Toscana Resort Castelfalfi: A Masterpiece of sustainable Golf Course Architecture

By: 2018. 10. 25.

With the opening of the 5* TUI Blue Selection Hotel Il Castelfalfi, an important step was done to show why this area of Tuscany in Italy will be more than attractive for golf enthusiasts and other tourists. South…

IGTM 2018 Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

IGTM 2018: Can Slovenia become a true golf destination?

By: 2018. 10. 24.

Many Eastern European countries are asking themselves how could they become a golf tourism destination and to be seen on the global golf tourism map. Last year when I was not able to arrive at the IGTM 2017…

Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort near to the hole Algarve

What is the best time to play golf in the Algarve?

By: 2018. 10. 02.

Some European golf markets have to realize that the golf season is getting to the end. However, there are few countries, among them Portugal and its Algarve region where we can still enjoy the sun and superb golf…

Greenfee365 tee time market

Where the European tee time market is heading to?

By: 2018. 10. 01.

First of all, everybody is online today, even the local agencies are online and the tee time market in Europe and in many other parts of the world is bubbling. Golf Clubs experience tremendous growth in their own…

The Els Club Malaysia mobile first approach and the Rainforest Course 7th hole

What does “mobile first” approach mean at the Els Club Malaysia?

By: 2018. 09. 18.

Back in 2010, on the Mobile World Congress in 2010, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google said that designers should follow the “mobile first” rule/approach in product development. The "mobile first" means that our products & services (E.g. mobile application)…

Golf travel agency loyalty programs

Do golf travel agencies reward customer loyalty?

By: 2018. 09. 17.

The golf travel agencies are in a really challenging situation when golf tourists can switch easily from one distribution channel to another. In short, people have many booking options at their fingertips. Customer loyalty is not a simple…

Lee Westwood and Your Golf Travel

Your Golf Travel & the importance of added value services

By: 2018. 09. 04.

I am so happy that Your Golf Travel came to the same conclusion as I did last July. In that post, I highlighted the Portuguese Tee Times Golf Agency's 'unlimited golf concept' as a great offer. The reason why…

Education City Golf Club and the 4th hole

What will bring the new Education City Golf Club to Qatar?

By: 2018. 08. 28.

Probably you remember that in 2015 I reported about the construction of the development of the Qatar International Golf Club (now it is called Education City Golf Club) in the heart of Doha. The project comprises an 18-hole championship golf course,…

Cristobal Guerrero Managing Director of Las Colinas Golf & Country Club

Insider: Where is Las Colinas Golf & Country Club heading to?

By: 2018. 08. 27.

Since I read the article in the Financial Times last year about golf resort living and golf tourism, I was really curious to know the opinion of Cristobal Guerrero, the managing director of Las Colinas Golf & Country Club.…