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November 2020

For this update we can do no better than share with you our Press Release that has received great coverage.

Golf to a Tee voted England’s Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator 2020

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The Stratford-upon-Avon based golf holiday and events company, has been voted as ‘England’s Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator’ in the 2020 World Golf Award.

Golf to a Tee has proudly accepted one of the most prestigious awards in the golf tourism industry. Sadly, due to the travel restrictions imposed, the event was held virtually, rather than in Dubai as originally planned.

Nevertheless, Terry Rawding – Founder and Managing Director of Golf to a Tee was delighted by the news. He was keen to thank the customers and suppliers that voted, and without whom, this would not be possible.

He said ‘” We are thrilled to accept this award; it has been a culmination of a lot of hard work. We have always sought  to put our clients at the heart of what we do, and this award goes some way towards vindicating this ethos. We are a golf tour operator run by golfers, for golfers and this personalised approach clearly rings true with thousands of people that have experienced GTAT events – each tailored to their needs.”

“Times are tough in travel, but Golf to a Tee is proud of the way in which it has supported al of its clients and suppliers with refunds and clear advice - the way in which it has protected everyone must have been a big factor in wining this World Golf Award.”

He added that “Golf to a Tee was started in 2011 when I was away on a golf holiday organised by another company and I felt I could do this better. From the outset I decided we would offer golf holidays you could take with your friends, but also the option to join one of our Escorted Events / PGA Pro hosted golf coaching holidays. We are delighted that we now find ourselves as market leaders of Escorted and Golf Coaching holidays, but we will never lose sight of what is important to use – exceptional golfing experiences”.

Golf to a Tee:

A UK based golf tour operator specialist in:

-       golf holidays for groups

-       escorted golf holidays

-       coaching golf holidays

In Europe, South Africa and USA Member of IAGTO

Based in Stratford Upon Avon – see contact details below. 
Images are on Page 2 and 3.

To see our winners’ video please click this link: https://youtu.be/0U1ZDloeNqY

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Terry Rawding and Stephanie Rawding owners of Golf to a Tee

August 2020

August 2020 ...

Firstly some good news - well done Andy Sullivan in winning or running away with the English Open at Hanbury Manor. Andy has kindly supported GTAT charity golf days over the years and we always look out for his results.

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For many reasons, none of us will forget the last few months and we hope you and your families are safe and well.

The first few weeks of lockdown were a blur for us! We had to rearrange 3 months of bookings in just a few weeks and since then we have re-arranged all non UK holidays up to the end of September.

We all love travel and some must be getting "itchy feet", but travel abroad is very much a moving feast and as we write - Spain is "out of bounds", Portugal may be re-classified as safe, but Turkey looks good for our events in October and November.

If we can travel to Portugal in October then we will have some spaces for the Adam and Gary groups at Praia De'l Rey, plus there are spaces at our 3 Turkey events.

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We were all set for the paradise island of Mauritius in November, but are now asessing the impact of an oil spillage.

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This makes planning travel difficult for all of us and we appreciate many of you will not travel abroad for a while. When you do we will be there for you, many other travel companies will not as they have disappeared.

We are also highly solvent, largely due to our past financial prudence. We have been able to give cash refunds to everyone who had to have a holiday cancelled by us, due to Covid 19. But we really appreciate that most clients were very happy to take the view thay had a holiday with GTAT and were happy to have their holidays moved 12 months forward. 

Sadly many golf travel companies were not able to refund clients and you can see reviews by many of their disgruntled clients on line. We really wish the industry would return to its past way of trading - a model we operate; which is to hold clients funds until the completion of the holiday and use our own past profits to pre pay suppliers. That way the clients money is always there. Yes have Bonds or FFI as a last resort, but no well run travel company should go insolvent - sorry we will get off our "high horse", but we feel strongly about this. 

We will continue to book Escorted and Coaching holidays into 2021 - so a range of options are there for you, when you are confident to travel. And we are adding more UK events for those that prefer to stay in the UK.

What can you do for us?

  • Make reservations - otherwise there is little point in us working as hard as we are! If you change your mind we will move your deposit so you can use it again in the future. As important, we want to support our Escorted and Coaching hosts - some of who could go 12 months without an event.

  • Tell your friends about GTAT and get them to register for our Newsletter. Just click this link.
    https://www.golftoatee.co.uk/newsletter
  • Vote for us in the World Golf Awards - decided in November 2021. Just click this link or the logo at the top of the page. We are proud to be nominated in the category of "Englands Best Golf Tour Operator"
    https://worldgolfawards.com/vote/golf-to-a-tee-2020
  • Leave us a Google Review - we only have 5 star reviews! 

This is how to leave a Google Review:

  1. Open your internet browser.  
  2. Log into your Google Account
  3. Next, search for Golf to a Tee on Google
  4. Scroll down until you see the Write a Review button on the bottom right side of the screen (directly to the right of the Reviews section, next to the Add a photo button).
  5. Click Write a Review.
  6. A box titled Rate and Review will pop up. You will be given the option to select a certain number of stars for the company and write out details of your experience(s). 
  7. Click Post after selecting a star rating (leaving a description is optional).

Take care 

Terry & Stephanie

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March 2020 ...

Our apologies for getting behind with our News update - no excuses, other than we have been incredibly busy - including the 2 Directors working in South Africa for several weeks! Below we are reluctantly leaving fabulous Simola at Knysna!

2020 saw GTAT grow by 22% as a business - in a year when most travel businesses at best stood still and some big names disappeared.

Gary Pike joining the GTAT team will see us able to bring you even more Escorted Events in 2020. Gary has been hosting travel groups for 25 years and brings us not just lots of experience, but also knowledge of resorts around the world. So a big and formal welcome to Gary from the GTAT team.  Here is Adam and Gary working together in Fuerteventura last month.

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Benchmarking GTAT :

When we do get a quiet moment we are always checking what are competitors are up to. Here are just some of our current thoughts:

- GTAT is highly solvent compared to others - many clearly live "hand to mouth". Perhaps it is the Director's past experience in Financial Services, but we believe in leaving strong cash reserves in the business.

In 2018 a change to Travel Industry Regulations required that Tour Operators have more than a client account to protect client monies - they must also have either a Bond or Financial Failure Insurance, as well.

So please do double check if a company has a Bond or Financial Failure Insurance in place. For your protection we have Financial Failure Insurance and we have a Client Account - where you money sits until the completion of your holiday.

- Our main product is Escorted Holidays and our research shows that our prices are consistently lower than our competitors, for similar packages.

This also includes our Single Supplements - we really do make sure these are fairly priced.

December 2019 ...


December 2019 ...

21/12/19

Thank you for your 5* Google Reviews - just a few from the last few weeks 5 stars ...

Fantastic 5 star travel company. Nothing too much trouble, every day well organised and completely explained on times etc. on what is happening daily. Would well recommend for a stress free holiday.
Sandra
5 stars

I’ve been using Golftoatee for several years now and wouldn’t go anywhere else for an organised tour. Terry is very efficient, each trip is seamless and of high quality. Thoroughly enjoyed Arizona Terry - Brilliant Thank you.
Andy

I have used Golf to a Tee many times for my gold holidays , first class service from start to finish , would I recommend them YES I would 100%.
Greg
5 stars

I can't say enough good things about Golf to a Tee, I have been on three Coaching holidays which have all been outstanding, on all the holidays I have meet some great people, some I have seen again on my return holiday which was great.
Terry & Stephanie are a pleasure to deal with, they run very well organised holidays in great locations with fabulous golf courses & great choice of hotels, I have had the pleasure of being on the trips with there coaches Sam Dodds & Adam Gray both are absolutely wonderful & are a credit to the company, I'm that happy I have just re booked onto there 2020 Trip to Turkey which will be my third year in a row !!.
Samantha
5 stars

Always a pleasure to travel with GTAT. Well organised, interesting courses, super hotels and great tour leaders who give professional and easy going coaching. My first choice for group holidays.
Clyde
5 stars

This is how to leave a Google Review:

  1. Open your internet browser.  
  2. Log into your Google Account
  3. Next, search for Golf to a Tee on Google
  4. Scroll down until you see the Write a Review button on the bottom right side of the screen (directly to the right of the Reviews section, next to the Add a photo button).
  5. Click Write a Review.
  6. A box titled Rate and Review will pop up. You will be given the option to select a certain number of stars for the company and write out details of your experience(s). 
  7. Click Post after selecting a star rating (leaving a description is optional).

14/12/19

14/12/19

The last couple of months have been busy at GTAT!

In October it was Marrakesh - as members of IAGTO we annually get to meet 1500 suppliers from around the world at the International Golf Travel Market. It a great opportuinity to meet existing suppliers and engage with new ones. Plus it was a chance to look at the local Morrocco golf. 
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In November we attended the World Travel Market in London, to amongst other things progress our entry into the Mauritius market - more news on this coming soon!  A little treat was a invite to The Spanish Embassy, as Spain wanted to show it's support to UK Tour Operators post the demise of Thomas Cook.

After our Arizona tour in November - Terry took a lucky couple of clients to Las Vegas to learn more about the golf around Vegas town.

Then it was off to Murcia and Alicante for Terry to find more destinations for the future!
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All of his means you will see many more desinations on our website in the next few weeks.


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