At BCgolfguide, we frequently receive interesting questions from our clients.
Overwhelmingly, the queries arrive in the “additional notes” section as part of our “Create Your Golf Package” online form.
We’ll share a couple of recent questions with you today.
QUESTION: Is my golf trip going to be more expensive in 2021?
BCGG: It really does depend on the region you choose to visit. But in a general sense, sadly, that may be the case.
You see, many facilities had 2020 pricing structures set up late in 2019. When the pandemic reared its ugly head, many of these facilities chose to pivot – actually reducing prices by as much as 15% – almost back to 2017 or 2018 levels.
BCgolfguide is already hearing from hotels and golf courses that are hiking rates, back to pre-COVID pricing.
In a previous BLOG post at BCgolfguide, we included advice from a respected Canadian industry marketing tandem – the folks at CKGolf Solutions. Their recommended increase to golf courses of 2% to 5% came with this warning: “Don’t be greedy.”
Some travel regions are generally more expensive than others. It’s just a fact of life. At BCgolfguide, we know we can find you great value in all regions. As important rates information arrives at our end, we immediately update package pricing.
It’s what we do!
Also, we revised our Terms & Conditions in November to better reflect the current travel climate in our country.
QUESTION: “I don’t want to speak to somebody to find out what packages are available. I hope in the future your site makes it easier to retrieve golf package info at the click of a button.”
BCGG: Our “Featured Packages” are listed in each region on our website and full details are provided. That includes per person pricing, based on double occupancy.
If you find a package that is an absolutely perfect fit, all we require is an email confirming your travel dates and a valid credit card to initiate the booking process with our golf course and hotel partners.
It’s that simple!
However, booking a golf trip (or ski trip) is not the same as booking an all-inclusive vacation. There are many more “moving parts” and an online booking form would have to be extensive and complicated with dozens of questions.
We also like to engage because it’s amazing what you can learn about a group that can lead to the most ideal package.
Perhaps the facility you’ve chosen doesn’t have the particular room-type your group desires? Or, that golf course you want to play on a Tuesday may not be available because of a Ladies Day event.
We understand that email is here to stay. However, while an email string with a dozen or so back-and-forth messages might sound convenient and efficient, we’re very confident that in comparison a quick chat about your trip and some of these variables will actually save everyone plenty of time. We just want to get it right.
Did You Know?
The golf industry doesn’t sleep through the off-season!
Sure, it’s a quieter time without a busy tee sheet to accommodate. But throughout the off-season, our travel partners across North America are busy with planning and confirming rates and programs for the 2021 season.
At golf courses, the off-season is used for “preparation”. Speaking from personal experience, completing these tasks without distraction is very important.
When the gates open in the spring, these facilities have to be ready to move fully into “operating mode”.
(Erickson has industry experience in Alberta as an off-course retailer and teaching professional, in addition to a 10-year stint in golf shop management in the Okanagan Valley. A freelance writer for over 30 years, Glen has been a member of the BCgolfguide team since 2016.)
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