Besides yelling “fore,” an increasing number of golfers on incentive trips are chanting “anchors away” as cruise ships have begun incorporating an expanding variety of golf components in their itineraries. “Golf cruises are great values for incentive groups because there are fewer logistical, transportation, accommodation and dining issues,” says Bill Hogan, president of Wide World of Golf, a Carmel, Calif.-based company specializing in high-end golf excursions around the world. “On a cruise ship the accommodations are always consistent, the food is top quality, and there […]
China is driving to tap into the golf tourism market and already boasts the world’s biggest golfing complex. It is one of many up-and-coming destinations challenging the established favourites.
When 35-year-old Danny Errico began playing golf, besides the best golf clubs for beginners, the Prada-wearing founder of Manhattan’s Equinox fitness centers looked to wear the kinds of clothes on the green he was accustomed to wearing on the street. His attitude is changing the course of golf apparel. Many years ago, few dared to use golf and fashion in the same sentence. With the sport’s fast-growing popularity and the rampant spread of Tiger Woods fever, Seventh Avenue has begun trampling the fairway.
With more and more destinations vying for prominence in the golf market, how can you choose the right course for your client? Peter Ellegard suggests resorts and destinations to suit different golfing requirements Golfers on a budget. While golfers tend to have more disposable income than other holidaymakers, there are lots of options for those who need to keep spending on a tight rein.
Golfers In Singapore are among the most fortunate In the world. Within the small and affluent Republic, there are no fewer than 25 courses. Although membership rosters of the top clubs in the island-state read like a Who’s Who of Singapore, and the majority of the leading establishments are strictly reserved for members and their guests, Singapore’s burgeoning golfing population, estimated at more than 70,000, is still spoilt for choice.
Peter Bige may know antiques, but he admits he didn’t know how to answer customers who visited his Issaquah antique store a few years ago and asked for golf clubs. The question was so out-of-place, “I thought they were asking where the country club was,” the Hungarian-born antique dealer says. Looking back on it, the co-owner of Ye Old St. Anthony’s Golf Shop across the street from Greenlake says he understood what his customers were saying, he just couldn’t figure out why anyone would want […]
Thailand may not have the golfing tradition of, say, Scotland or England, but with such spots as the resort town of Phuket or the jungles and mountains of Chiang Mai, golfers in Thailand can play some challenging holes in up-and-coming golfing destinations. As delegates to the upcoming ASTA Congress in Bangkok will find out, golf courses are sprouting up throughout Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia. Some of the most comprehensive golfing packages to Thailand are available through the national airline, Thai Airways, and […]
Golf continues to expand in Palm Springs. The city and surrounding area now boasts hundreds of courses, about half of them accessible to the public. Participants in the TTG/Virgin Atlantic Pre-Pow Wow Challenge played four courses during their stay – a practice round at Tahquitz Creek followed by three competitive rounds at Desert Willow Golf Resort, Oak Valley Golf Club and the Landmark Golf Club, where the world’s top players battle it out each November for huge prize money in the televised Skins Game golfing […]