Struggling golf clubs offering special deals

2010-09-01 00:00

WE know that times are tough for golf clubs in our country and many of them are trying to be innovative in attracting visitors to play.

Many clubs are reducing their green fees by as much as 50% on the traditionally quiet days like Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

But that’s not all, some struggling clubs are offering special deals that when you play 18 holes of golf; you receive a half-way house breakfast or a curry and rice lunch or a beer and a burger.

You can hire carts at members’ fees or lower, free competition fees if you play on a Saturday and free bar snacks at the 19th hole.

There are numerous deals and they are advertised to include a free something-or-other and who knows where this will end.

Could we expect a free haircut after golf? Or perhaps a special manicure for the finger-nails? This will surely be popular with lady golfers; or what about a free aerobics session or a massage? Don’t laugh, it could happen.

The hotel industry is pleading poverty; the World Cup was extremely disappointing regarding the room occupancy rate and there were high expectations prior to the event.

There are hotels and lodges that have connecting golf courses and they are really battling to survive. Weekend deals are offered at low rates. It is expensive to maintain a golf course, and what a waste of money if there are no golfers playing the course.

Some of these hotel/golf resorts are now advertising in national magazines offering free rounds of golf for just a weekend stay.

There is also a practice of not asking golfers to show their affiliation cards which is a worrying issue, but a desperate organisation is capable of doing and offering virtually anything to increase turnover.

There are dozens of golfing married couples in the PMB area and there are some fantastic “getaway” deals to be had which could continue for some time. It seems that we have an interesting year or two ahead of us.

Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a betterball Stableford club sponsored competition on Saturday.

The winners on 47 points were C. Shabalala and A. Toth. Second were R. Morley and C. Roberts with 45 points.

Victoria Country Club also held a betterball club sponsored on Saturday.

The winning pair was K. Ferguson and L. Cousins on 48 points. In second spot were D. Crowe and S. Moffatt on 45 points.

From the 19th hole:

A senior golfer had an appointment to see the urologist who shared offices with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients. He approached the receptionist’s desk and he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.

He gave her his name.

In a very loud voice, the receptionist said, “Yes, I have your name here; you want to see the doctor about your impotence, right?”

All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very embarrassed man.

He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied, “No, I’ve come to ask about a sex change operation, but I don’t want the same doctor who did yours.”

The waiting-room erupted in applause.

Don’t mess with old golfers.

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