#COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life, and for us it has been a hard few weeks trying to look after our clients. First of all, those who were already travelling, and then those who needed to cancel their trips. And all this while we moved our operations to enable the whole team to work remotely. Nearly all the pending cancellations have already been processed, and we will be continuing to closely monitor the situation over the next few weeks.
The tourism sector, and by extension the commercial golf sector, is likely to be the most affected in Spain by this crisis, mainly because a lack of confidence will last longer than the effects of the virus. The decrease in sales has been absolute, so we have adopted a series of key measures, including temporarily reducing our business hours. They are now from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday, although we will be making adjustments every week, depending on demand and how the situation evolves.
This is unquestionably the most serious crisis experienced in the golf tourism sector in the 25 years since we launched GolfinSpain, an anniversary we were just about to start celebrating. Nevertheless, we have already decided to consider this period of “global shutdown” to be an opportunity and take advantage of the time to continue incorporating improvements to our website and the products we market.
We would like to send our thoughts and affection to those golf clubs and hotels that are suffering severely from this situation, and we also want to reassure all our clients and suppliers of our financial solvency and liability insurance as a travel agency, together with a restructuring plan that we have already applied. These ensure that we can approach this sales stoppage without suffering any financial risks and still be able to offer the best guarantees. Together, we will come out of this stronger.
The first course that Seve Ballesteros designed in Spain will be the new 2020 venue for the innovative Andalucía Match Play 9 event.
Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri Golf (in Cadiz province) hosts the European Challenge Tour event from 11 to 14 June after the first three editions were held on the Costa del Sol.
The change of setting coincides with celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of “Destino Turistico Chiclana”, the Costa del la Luz resort area where the course is located.
One of three Spanish events on the 2020 Road to Mallorca (Challenge Tour), the €200,000 Andalucía Match Play 9 is highlighted by a novel format beginning with 36 holes of stroke play. The top 64 players qualify for the weekend, competing in a series of nine-hole match play duels. On Saturday the opening knockout rounds will be played on both the front nine and the back nine; while on Sunday the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be contested on the front nine.
The first three editions of the tournament were won by Aaron Rai, 2017 at La Cala Resort (Mijas); Liam Johnston, 2018 at Valle Romano Golf (Estepona); and Eirik Tage Johansen, last year also at Valle Romano.
Welcoming the event, Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri manager Rafael Hernández Alcalá said, “This golf course has hosted some of the best golf events in our country and it is now time to welcome the Challenge Tour players for this innovative format. It will be great for the game, they will enjoy playing the course in its best conditions and the golf course will have the deserved impact.
“This is the 30th anniversary of Destino Turistico Chiclana – a golf benchmark in Europe – and it allows us to showcase our golf club, which has been growing and getting better over the years, as proved by all the recognitions received, not only for the golf courses but also for our facilities.”
Added Jaime Salaverri, president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation’s professional committee, “The Andalucía Match Play 9 is the only event on the Challenge Tour to be played in this format and it will help the players to prepare for similar events later in their careers.
“The Spanish players have always played well in match play and we hope that the fourth edition and the 30th anniversary of the golf course will be celebrated with a Spanish triumph.”
“Besides having the opportunity to play two different formats in the same event,” concluded Royal Andalucian Golf Federation president Pablo Mansilla, “the Match Play 9 holes will be very good for the speed of the game, and for the spectators to enjoy watching golf filled with drama. There is no doubt that it will be a great golf test among the best players on Challenge Tour.”
We are continuing our work to improve the new website and your buying experience. A few weeks ago we made various design adjustments to our golf course descriptions, which now feature videos and an updated image gallery.
Our latest improvement is the launch of a major change to our registration and access system. From now on you can log in at any time – not only (as has been the case until now) when making a reservation. This change, among other things, enables you to gain access to modify your data and view a list of all your reservations. This is only the first of several other improvements we are working and will be incorporating once this key modification is implemented.
Our agents and affiliates will also be seeing various changes to their web access. We have extended the concept of “tour leader” in our reservation process, not only to agents but also to all clients, so that you can make a reservation yourself but issue vouchers in the name of another person if you are not the one travelling.
As always, we would love to hear your opinion. Although we have tested the new system thoroughly, we would appreciate it if you could contact us if you notice any technical incident or fault – or have a suggestion.
Green fee packages for Cabopino, Chaparral and El Paraíso are among the best options available for golfers who want to play three superb courses on the Costa del Sol at extremely competitive prices. With discounts of up to 35% compared to individual bookings, they offer you the opportunity to save time and money on your next golf trip to Málaga province.
Our currently published options are:
- 1 green fee at each course with buggy from € 174/person
- 3 green fees at each course with buggy from € 470/person
- 4 green fees at Cabopino or Chaparral with buggy + 1 at El Paraíso with trolley for € 278/person
Furthermore, if you are playing with a group of 12 people, one green fee is free!
Next Monday the 25th our now traditional #GreenMonday returns with incredible deals and exclusive discounts up to 30%!
The offers will be launched for both getaways and golf-only options this Friday and you will have to book them with a confirmation deposit between Monday the 25th and Friday the 29th. Most will be valid for any number of nights and dates so this is the perfect opportunity to save money on your next golf holiday.
We have re-checked and updated our information table ”Flying with your golf clubs” with the main airlines. The prices that are published in the table are one-way, and in most of the cases it is cheaper to book online.
If you prefer, we can also offer club rental services in almost all destinations in Spain.
We want to thank all the participants for helping make the contest a success and congratulations to the winners who will be able to attend the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters with 2 adult tickets valid for any day of the tournament to redeem through a promotional code on the ticket sales website.
Winner of the Facebook giveaway :
Angeles Nacher Piera
Winner of the Instagram giveaway :
Winner of the Twitter giveaway :
Winners of the Golf in Spain giveaway :
- Pascual Aguirre
- Rosa María Ruiz Cabral
Please contact us by private message within 24 hours (or call us on +952474848) to get your free access code. Otherwise we will pass the invitations to the alternate winners.
We are giving away two sets of 2 adult tickets between our clients
We want to reward your loyalty. If you have made any reservation with us over the past 18 months, register here to participate in our raffle. We are giving away two sets of 2 adult tickets valid for any day of the tournament. You can also follow our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account where we will make a second giveaway in a few days. Check our package with accommodation in case you want to convert it into a golf break.
This week is the Valderrama Masters, perfect timing to throw back some of the content we created last year for the event. Embark with us and admire the golf course with our 360º aerial panoramic. Ver a pantalla completa
This seemed like the perfect time to update our page about the history of Real Club Valderrama events, all the way up to this week’s Andalucía Valderrama Masters.