VAT increase for spanish golf

 

As many of you might already have heard, changes in the Spanish legislation relating to VAT (IVA) will have a serious effect on golf, which will be re-categorised from the reduced rate (currently 8%) to the new general rate applying from 1 September (21%). In the case of hotels, the rate will rise from 8% to 10%.

After the increase was announced by the government, the industry waited too long to respond, hoping there would be an 11th hour change in the legislation, which ultimately did not eventuate, and this resulted in an excessive delay in the application of the new rates – barely days before their introduction. Our own booking system reflected the new prices as soon as they were confirmed.

Bookings confirmed before the increase

The main problem has arisen with bookings confirmed before the change in legislation. As far as we are concerned, golf courses should have accepted the agreed price or, alternatively, have offered a form of credit voucher to clients with the objective of encouraging full advance payment during August as a means of avoiding the IVA increase. Unfortunately, in more cases than we would like to report this has not been the case, and the list of courses that are insisting on charging 100% of future bookings in advance in August is increasing, in spite of our efforts to explain the drawbacks and potential damage caused to our tourist destination.
This means we have been required to contact – one by one – all clients with confirmed bookings (including a large list of clients with bookings for spring 2013) to advise them of the situation and, if they are planning to play at one of the courses that has decided to take this course of action, give them the opportunity of paying the full booking price over the next few days (i.e. up to 31 August) as the only way of avoiding the aforementioned increase, or alternatively cancelling their booking or changing it to another golf course.

Courses that have respected the initial agreed rate

At this point we believe it is important to note and – on our own and our clients’ behalf – thank those courses that have confirmed they will accept the booking rate previously agreed, and in some cases not even increase their prices at all, at least until the end of 2012, as a way of easing the problems caused by this tax increase. They include:

  • Alcaidesa
  • Aloha
  • Atalaya
  • Barcelona Golf
  • Bonmont
  • Cabopino
  • Chaparral
  • Doña Julia
  • El Paraíso
  • Finca Cortesín
  • Flamingos
  • Greenlife
  • La Duquesa
  • La Marquesa
  • La Quinta
  • Lauro Golf
  • Lumine
  • Marbella Club
  • Marbella Golf & Country
  • Miraflores
  • Montecastillo Golf
  • Montenmedio
  • Montenmedio golf
  • Parador de Málaga
  • PGA Catalunya
  • El Prat
  • Real Club de Golf de Sevilla
  • Real Club Sotogrande
  • Santa Clara Marbella
  • Santa Maria Golf
  • Son Antem
  • Valderrama
  • Vall D’Or
  • Valle Romano
  • Villaitana

This is a provisional list – taking into account any possible errors or omission – of those courses that have informed us of their intentions, and we will continue to update the list in the coming weeks. There are many commercial courses that are still sending out their new rates. We only include commercial courses with which we have contracts in force.

Even though we are sure our clients will understand that this whole matter is beyond our responsibility, we would nevertheless like to apologise for the resulting problems during a month when we should all be enjoying some well-deserved holidays.

If you want to offer an opinion on the matter, we would be delighted to hear your view and forward it on to the relevant golf courses – or publish it with this article.

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Free Golf this summer in Murcia (Intercontinental La Torre)

 

From now until the end of August, Hotel Intercontinental la Torre offers free golf for their clients from 15:00 hours onwards, in any of the 6 courses that belong to the Murcia Golf Experience. (Hacienda Riquelme, El Valle, La Torre, Alhama, Saurines & Mar Menor Golf).

Not only this, they also offer 3 nights for the price of 2 and 7 nights for the price of 4.

7 nights BB + daily golf from 15:00h onwards from only 214€ per person.

Still haven’t planned your summer holidays, well, I think this is a very good option!

 

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Summer Offer at El Bosque Golf (Valencia)

From the 1st  July to the 31st August, el Bosque Golf Course lowers it’s price.

Green fee for only 29€ per person. 2 Green Fees + buggy: 75€.

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Oliva Nova Golf Experience

Nestling in a paradisiacal setting surrounded by kilometres of natural sand dunes, Hotel Oliva Nova 4* also offers the exceptional attraction of an 18-hole golf course designed by the legendary Severiano Ballesteros.

One special new offer, available from 1 September, includes accommodation plus golf, not only at the hotel’s own Oliva Nova course (from 11am) but also at other nearby courses including El Saler, La Sella, El Bosque and La Galiana.

Package of 7 nights in double room including breakfast + 5 green fees at any of the courses + 1 spa visit, from €527 per person.

Also available: packages for 5 or 3 nights.

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La Sella Golf (Alicante)

La Sella Golf takes out a special offer from today to the 30th of September, green fee after 12:20 for only 45€ per person (before 69€ per person).

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Luxury in Tenerife, Hotel Las Madrigueras

Those with a discerning taste for the finer things in life will thoroughly enjoy the colonial-style charm of Hotel Las Madrigueras, a five-star establishment surrounded by the Las Américas course and with direct access to the first tee via the hotel parking area. In addition to playing golf at some of Tenerife’s excellent courses, also worth a visit is the famous Teide Nature Park as well as the island’s cobblestoned villages.

We are offering a package of 7 nights + 3 dinners + unlimited golf at the Las Américas course with buggy + 1 massage session, from €1,162 per person.

The hotel remains closed from 1 June to 30 September.

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June offer at Finca Cortesín Golf

Finca Cortesín has a special promotion of 2 green fees + buggy (only Mondays to Thursdays) for 240€ . Offer valid from 12th to 21st June. (Normal 2 green fee + buggy price: 287.50€).

Take advantage of this offer and play in one of the best courses in the Costa del Sol.

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Hotel La Caminera, Ciudad Real.

When it comes to location the Hotel La Caminera ticks all the right boxes. Situated in Ciudad Real, close to the high-speed AVE rail network and just two hours from Madrid, the five-star establishment has its own 18-hole golf course and also specialises in hunting tourism – offering exclusive services for enthusiasts. After playing a round of golf or out hunting, guests can relax in an 800 square metre spa, one of the largest in the province and – once fully reinvigorated and refreshed – visit Bodegas Real and wander among the vineyards.

Package of 1 night + 1 green fee, from €80 per person. Cheapest package from Sunday to Thursday.

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