ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
In part 1 of our 4-part Value Travel Series, award-winning travel author, Tim Leffel, brought us to Panama, Equador, Belize, Caribbean and Atlantic Islands, where the U.S. dollar’s value is always reliable. In part 2, Kris Fay, founder of Northwest Golf Adventures, takes us to some of Golf Digest’s top 100 ranked golf courses and resorts and tells how guys and gals on a modest budget can take a golf vacation of a lifetime.
Did you know that the Pacific Northwest has nearly a dozen golf courses and resorts ranked in the Top 100 by a variety of golf publications? Sometimes, living here, I forget that that’s the case. However, the number of truly great golf courses scattered throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia is amazing.
For the average golfer, some of the greens fees associated with these golf courses are intimidating. The average traveler can rarely afford to call and pay the high rates for some of the best destinations.
That’s where Northwest Golf Adventures comes in.
We’ve been working for ten years with resorts and courses in our region to make golf vacations affordable. I’ve always felt that all golfers should have the opportunity to play courses like Bandon Dunes (the top ranked resort in the United States), Chambers Bay (site of the 2015 U.S. Open), and Coeur d’Alene (home of the Floating Green). Northwest Golf Adventures doesn’t offer tricks or timeshares to bring the price down, we simply offer alternatives to standard golf packages.
Rather than one-size-fits all golf vacation packages, we offer custom-fit golf vacations tailored to just about any budget. Some of our packages feature basic lodging and greens fees packages, but we’re often able to save our clients money by offering them lodging away from the golf courses or finding high-end rental homes.
Many clients have one or two courses in mind when they call us, but we’re able to suggest complimentary courses to round out their vacation. These courses have lower greens fees, but the quality is still high. We’ll never work with or recommend a course before we’ve had a chance to play it.
In addition to packages that average golfers can afford, we strive to make the overall experience a memorable one. That’s why each of our clients are provided with suggestions on where to eat – many times with dining and drink discounts – and what to do after a long day on the links. For more information, visit us at nwgolfadventures.com.
Next week we’re going to explore travel auctions with Luxury Link president, Diane McDavitt, and how consumers with rich tastes and thrifty travel budgets can vacation like royalty.