Value Everywhere

The Costa del Sol has responded with great vigour to the economic crisis in terms of adding value and reducing the cost of golf holidays. Hotels in particular are better value than they have ever been with 4 star rooms costing as little as 30€ a night half board. There is probably no better way to get value on a golfing holiday than to take the half-board option at many of the Costa del Sol’s excellent 4 star hotel.

The Golf courses too have played their part with year round green-fees down on average by a whopping 30% over their peaks of a couple of years ago. On a less positive note car-hire prices will increase from their traditionally very competitive prices to more “normal” rates. (see next article)

Car Rental Crisis

In our previous newsletter we warned you that there would be serious problems getting cars this summer on the Costa del Sol.

The wise heeded the warning and booked their cars with us as soon as the flights were booked. Our supplier of cars at Malaga Airport respected their contract and we were able to pass on the great value and service while online companies literally doubled and trebled their prices due to the smaller fleets available this summer.

The reason for this is that the car manufacturers who usually sell to the car-hire companies on a sale and return basis no longer wish to buy back the cars after six months. Therefore the car-hire companies must finance the fleet purchase themselves and assure their disposal which, in the current economic climate is proving difficult.

This situation will continue for the next year at least so if you are travelling during any peak prior, October School break, Christmas, Easter or summer 2010 please book your cars with us as soon as possible…

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Golf Experience had been given access to year-round green-fees as the prestigious Real Club de Golf Las Brisas and at very competitive rates.

REAL CLUB DE GOLF LAS BRISAS was founded by D. José Banús in 1968 as Club de Golf Nueva Andalucía. He was appointed its first President until 1981.

For its design he chose the American, Robert Trent Jones, already considered one of the best golf course designers in the world. He had just finished building the golf course at Sotogrande and after Las Brisas, went on to design Los Naranjos and Valderrama.

Club de Golf la Zagaletta

Following the taking over of the management of the hitherto totally private La Zagaletta by the American Management company “Troon Golf” we expect that the courses will soon be opened to the public.

This would add 2 great new courses to the stock of excellent courses on the Costa del Sol.

Valle Romano Golf Club

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that the “Valle Romano Golf Club” has been sponsoring the Andalucia Open for the last couple of years. This may have seemed like unusual marketing practice as the course has not yet opened.

This latest gem on the coast has had a few set-backs in recent times but is now due to open on November 2nd (the day after the Volvo Masters World Match-play at neighbouring Finca Cortesin ends). Supposedly they hope to get the crop of the World’s golfing hacks over to play it and pen favourable articles.

Outwit Michael O´Leary

Michael has indeed been hiding something, a €60 charge for transporting golf clubs!

Golf Experience believes that Michael is taking golfers for a ride charging €60 to transport your golf clubs.

Why not allow us provide you with state of the art new clubs which will be delivered to your first course and collected from you on your last day.

No need to haul your clubs all over Europe with a huge carbon footprint and contributing to O’Leary’s pension plan in the process.

For as little as €20 a day we can supply you with state of the art Callaway and Taylor-Made Clubs anywhere on the Costa del Sol.

While there may be no end to Michael’s imagination in terms of generating revenue, you too can do the sums and take the better option of renting here is Spain.

 

San Pedro de Alcantara Tunnel. (Tunnelling)

All traffic through San Pedro de Alcantara is now diverted on the sea-side by-pass.

The impact is not as bad as some had feared but it makes use of the toll road more useful for golfers needing to pass San Pedro.

The works are however causing a physiological barrier on the Costa and we are tending to book golf on the side of the works that our clients are staying to avoid any unnecessary time-wasting getting through the jam.

New 5 star Deluxe hotel opens at Finca Cortesin.

Finca Cortesin’s new 5 star deluxe hotel

Between Estepona and La Duquesa the magnificent “Cloisters” style hotel is perched on a hilltop with commanding views of the Costa del Sol’s coastline and the Sierra de Ronda mountains and of course Finca Cortesin Golf Club.

This property brings new standards of luxury to the Costa del Sol with a variety of rooms and suites.

Finally we can confirm new dates for the Volvo World March-Play Championship are October 29th to November 1st 2009.

Santana News

As of July 1, our restaurant starts a period of renovation with the appointment of a new company to run the catering service in our Club House.

After 6 years of fruitful relationship with the previous tenants, we have decided to give a different approach to this section of the business and go for a model that is more orientated to the needs of the clientele and with a more ambitious culinary offer.

This responsibility lies with Miguel Ramos, a renowned restaurateur in the Costa del Sol, with a solid experience behind him in prestigious restaurants along the Coast.

On Another Note…

It’s not often that we mention another business or person not directly associated with golf and golfing on the Costa Del Sol in our newsletter, but we would like to introduce you to the person who is behind all our endeavours online, Mr. Justin Parks.

Based in Nueva Andalucia (Marbella) Justin basically lives and breaths internet. He has supported Golf Experience now for the last 6 years and we cannot recommend him enough, even though on occasion we don’t actually understand exactly what he’s talking about and he doesn’t play golf but that makes little difference when it comes to quality and satisfaction on our part.

Regardless of whether you are based in Spain, Ireland or even the USA, Justin’s business is all online so distance is of no consequence. He can, and has, helped a multitude of businesses understand and implement their online requirements from the simplest websites to major systems and databases across a range of different needs and models and currently is working on using Social Media, things like FaceBook and Twitter, to help companies extend their reach and grow their potential customer base in tough times via alternative marketing methods similar to that digital business card.

Justin’s available to talk on skype via the user name: justin-parks , his email is justin@justinparks.com and his website is http://www.justinparks.com. If you want to catch him on the phone his number is 0034 617 325 727.