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US West Coast Golf Tour 2015 Diaries- Chapter 1

A couple of days gone already and packed with experiences to please the senses. Our lodgings at the Fairmont Hotel are the height of opulence and steeped in history – anybody who is anybody has stayed here at some time including several US presidents. Our welcome dinner gave everybody a chance to mingle before we attacked Half Moon Bay golf course the following morning. A beautiful course with immaculate greens and fairways overlooking San Francisco Bay. Scores were a little low but there were valid reasons for that – a very fresh howling wind off the Pacific Ocean and playing in 4 layers. The Clam Chowder and other delicacies in the clubhouse were very welcome after the game and the delivery of a Fish & Chip snack during the round was a nice touch.

Wednesday was spent exploring San Francisco with an excellent guide, Sunny La Gardo, who was a font of knowledge and has a disposition to match her name. We saw numerous landmarks including the Presidio (ex Defence Force Base), Inspiration Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Sutra Baths, fantastic views from The Peak on a crystal clear day, the expansive National Park of S.F. and lots of fine architecture in buildings from yesteryear. Lunch at the famous Fishermans Wharf was followed by a visit to Alcatraz Island which still conjures up a feeling of dread for those who were confined there.

A relaxed afternoon including a visit (and dinner for some) in the renowned “Tonga Room & Bar” was a nice way to end a good day. Today we have travelled north to Napa Valley stopping in Sausalito on the way and we are now settling in to the sumptuous Meritage Resort ready for a spot of wine tasting this afternoon.

Golf Results from Half Moon Bay:

Winners:  Ladies – Kay Meadows     49pts Men  -  David Scanlan     51pts

NTP:     Ladies – Angelika Gmerek Men  -  Jackpot.

More soon if I am capable after wine tastings and winemakers dinners…

Graeme Thomas
Your Friendly Go Golfing Host

Japan Spring Tour 2015 Remembered

A group of 20 golfers and partners recently returned from Go Golfing’s tour to Japan. The tour was timed to coincide with Cherry Blossom season and right on cue they bloomed on the day our guests arrived. The cherry blossoms add rich colour to the landscape and made the golf courses postcard perfect. Lunch with Sumo wrestlers, dinner with exotic Geisha, Ninja demonstrations, a lesson in the art of Bonsai – you won’t find a tour with such diversity in any travel agency. And when our final round was cancelled because it was snowing (first time in 90 years it has snowed in April) we pulled some strings to arrange a French degustation in the restaurant of the original Iron Chef (tv series), Hiroyuki Sakai.



Golf Tipping Competition With $65,000 in Prizes Guaranteed to Be Won

Go Golfing in partnership with Ladbrokes has launched a golf tipping competition that has $65,000 in prizes guaranteed to be won. Top prize is a $40,000 VIP tour to the 2016 British Open and golf at Open rota courses.

Ladbrokes CEO, Dean Shannon, is excited to give golfers the chance to back their tipping skill. “Standing on the tee, it is among golf’s traditions to play your partners for a round of drinks, a lotto ticket or much higher stakes. Ladbrokes golf tipping is another exciting way for golfers to back themselves. The British Open tour with Ladbrokes VIP hospitality will be an amazing experience. Better still – it’s FREE to play.”



Top Gong for GoGolfing Travel

Gold Coast based Go Golfing Travel has won the coveted title of Oceania’s Best Golf Tour Operator at the inaugural World Golf Awards announced at a gala dinner in Algarve, Portugal on 15 November 2014.

At the gala awards dinner, World Golf Awards managing director, Chris Frost affirmed that the World Golf Awards exist to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate excellence in golf tourism. The world-wide voting process included industry experts and senior executives from within the golf, travel and tourism industries.