LOS ANGELES–Those who read this verbiage on a regular basis will recall a few weeks ago when I was overjoyed after scoring a $49 one-way Westjet ticket to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show.
Mind you, after taxes and surcharges and all the other additional fees that go along with airfare, the price still worked out to be more than $100, but that’s the way it goes. The price was still pretty sweet as was the flight home out of Tampa, which cost only $50 more than the overall price out of Toronto.
Here I am on the road again, this time in Los Angeles, where we’re about to go to Riviera for the Northern Trust Open, but I was thinking about how many Canadian golfers will be traveling this year given the state of the economy. Whoever is getting away may be asking the staff at their clubs for their suggestions.
The first thing to tell members or customers is that the good news in a recession is that there are travel deals out there if you can afford them. It might even be a good idea for those within the golf industry to check out some of those deals for a possible quick getaway before the 2009 season goes into full swing.
Here are a couple that have come across my desk recently.
The Phoenix / Scottsdale area is one of my favourite areas to play and that includes nearby Carefree, where the Boulders is one of the most picturesque resorts I’ve ever seen, with its desert vistas and breathtaking rock formations.
That scenery is also the backdrop to a couple of Jay Morrish designs at the Boulders that are part of the resort’s Fore for Four golf package that runs until May 25 and includes four nights accommodation and 72 holes of golf.
The package not only includes play on each of the Boulders courses, but also one round each at two of eight areas courses, including a couple at Grayhawk, the home of the Frys.com Open, or TPC Scottsdale, home of the FBR Open. We Ko-Pa is also an option.
I’ve played all of those courses and you can’t go wrong on any of them.
The package also includes complimentary cart rental, 20 per cent off at the Boulders golf, spa or tennis shops and 20 per cent off for spa services at its Golden Door Spa.
The Boulders package will appeal to singles and groups. Cost for single occupancy in a casita is $1,379. Double occupancy in a casita is $1,999 and double in a villa suite is $3,299. Meanwhile, quad occupancy in a villa suite is $4,499. All prices are quoted in U.S. funds.
For more information, call 1-866-397-6520, (480) 488-9009, or see the website, www.theboulders.com.
Those on even tighter budgets may appreciate a deal offered by SuperClubs in Jamaica, where a stay at the all-inclusive Breezes, Grand Lido Braco or Grand Lido Negril will cost you between $199 and $269 per night, depending on the resort. The fifth night is also free. All prices are U.S.
The good thing about those prices is that meals, transportation to and from the airport and golf are included in the price, although there is a small transfer fee to get from Grand Lido Negril to the nearby golf course. Keep in mind that caddies are required and that’s not included in the price.
The truth is that the SuperClubs courses are not of the calibre of those found at premier North American golf destinations, but the scenery is nice, the staff is friendly and the price is right for golf. There is also a nine hole, executive layout right on the grounds of Grand Lido Braco near Trelawny.
For more information, see the website, www.superclubs.com.
Further enhancing such a visit is that WestJet flights to Montego Bay from Toronto have been spotted for as low as $185 each way. But don’t forget the surcharges and taxes.