Friday, July 31, 2020

The impact of Covid-19 on Golf Tourism


2020 started off as any normal year does. A fun and family filled December hit the New Year! And in South Africa, it is Sunny and hot. Perfect if you live by the coast where you can take strolls along the beach and soak up all the vitamin D your heart desires. It's no surprise there are exquisite golf courses and tournaments that take place around the country. With greens that border onto a wildlife area to fairways that meet the coast, South Africa Boasts a stunning variety.



Golf in the Garden Route

Golfers such as Gary Player, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen are celebrity golfers born and bred in South Africa. There are many well designed and famous courses that have been built and used for local an internationally acclaimed tournaments.

But how has this been affected by COVID19? What has happened to Golf and Golf Tourism in light of the current pandemic?

How has the industry been affected?

With the Covid-19 virus hitting the shores of South Africa, the government took the safety of its people as a priority and closed our borders to intra-provincial and international travel. This has forced many travellers to postpone and even cancel their trips and has hit the local tourism industry hard, as they were unable to trade. At lockdown levels 4 and 5, golf courses were unable to remain open for local clients.

What is happening now?

This slow period has given many businesses a chance to pivot, strategize and come out stronger than ever. Many golf courses have done some deep maintenance to their greens and fairways, paving the way for a future of smooth greens. Lockdown level 3 has allowed local golfers to return to their greens. This has opened opportunities for locals to play at some higher-end clubs often reserved for tourists.

The future?

Intra-provincial leisure travel is now permitted under new level 3 regulations. This is good news for avid golfers and the industry holistically, since it means that you can now travel to your favorite golf course around your province. With the right health and safety measures in place, and the practice of social-distancing, golfing should return back to normal, albeit a slow process initially. With beautiful greens being prepared and many birdies and eagles waiting to be scored, the future of our golfing tourism has a potential upside. As golf is a great way to relax, exercise and maintain social distance at the same time.


Milnerton Golf Club

With many clubs and golf resorts offering once in a lifetime specials, now is the time to grab them and run. Taking advantage of the specials now is allowing many golfers to make their dreams of playing at Sun City, Fish Eagle, Gary Player, Arabella and even leopards creek a reality. Time to start dreaming of those birdies!

Getting Around Comfortably

If you’ve just landed in South Africa and you’re in need of getting around, especially to one of your favorite courses, but worried about getting around comfortably, we recommend hiring an Uber service, transfer service or booking a car rental with Drive South Africa. All of these options are fairly safe. Public transport can be inconvenient, unpredictable and a costly exercise.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Southbound Bikes - Golfie, The Ultimate Golf Bike





Visit their Facebook Page or Contact Almar Creighton 083 629 3913
Electric off-road bikes, designed and engineered in South Africa.


GOLFIE 

THE UTILITY GOLF BIKE 
The Golfie is much more than a golf bike. It’s light, multi-functional and smart. It’s fitted with all the accessories that you need for a comfortable and seamless game and by simply clipping out the golf bag holder in seconds, it becomes a versatile commuting ebike .












Sunday, June 28, 2020

Contactless Menus for your Golf Club, Bar or Restaurant

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the opening of restaurants, every business is rushing to get their solutions in place as per regulations.

We found this great solution, developed by Modern Web Presence namely Linkify.


Contactless Menus for your Golf Club, Bar or Restaurant


"We are excited to announce that we have developed, in partnership with Linkify, a solution to help restaurants, nail bars, hair salons and other local businesses to comply with new Lockdown Regulations in South Africa.

QR codes, combined with a Linkify product, give you that perfect mobile friendly and contactless solution.

Make your restaurant or salon a safe place to eat or grab-and-go by deploying a touch-free QR Code menu."

WHAT IS THE COST?
Only R149 per month / subscription

HOW QUICK CAN I GET MY LINKIFY PAGE?
Within 1 to 2 hours.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE MY MENU IN PDF FORMAT?
We’ve made it easy for you. Please provide your menu in jpeg, png or pdf format.

WHAT IF MY MENU CHANGES?
No problem, we can change the menu and no need to change the QR code.

CAN I CANCEL MY LINKIFY SUBSCRIPTION?
Yes, you can cancel your subscription at any time.







Monday, June 15, 2020

Golf is OPEN after a lengthy lockdown

Golfers across the country enjoyed their first taste of golf the past weekend, since 27 March 2020.

How was your first swing back on the course?


Please remember and respect these guidelines! 




Friday, May 8, 2020

Fantastic Lockdown Golf Essentials!

Well done Synsport for bringing these great products to the market and helping golfers stuck at home!

ORDER FROM:

Dylan Wagner
072 228 3884
sales@synsport.co.za





Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stellenbosch GC are opening their pizza oven tomorrow 8 May 2020


Due to popular demand, Stellenbosch GC are opening their pizza oven tomorrow... Wish I could see all the smiles on your faces right now!

"To ensure your order is perfect when it arrives and because we are specialists in golf bookings we are going to work on a next-day delivery service. Order today for lunch or dinner and we'll make sure your favourite Stellenbosch GC pizza arrives perfect the next day. Please call 061 533 7299 between 11:00 and 17:00 to place your order for the next day."





Pine Lodge open for quarantine & essential workers


We are excited to announce that we are an official accommodation site, open for quarantine & essential workers needing to travel to George!

Call us or visit our website to enquire about our self-catering accommodation starting from R770 per chalet per night! www.pinelodgegeorge.co.za


Monday, May 4, 2020

Sports Minister confirms golf being considered for return behind closed doors

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa says his department is considering allowing golf to return behind closed doors during the current Covid-19 enforced lockdown.

Read more:

https://www.sport24.co.za/Golf/SunshineTour/sports-minister-confirms-golf-being-considered-for-return-behind-closed-doors-20200504?fbclid=IwAR0tvrbSZfRVMDaP9u42TLxZzINrv-ldsEvPicguDX_uIxjmpO4Zae9H840