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Five Rounds This Fall

Posted by Tom Casey Tom Casey on 10/28/16 2:52 PM
It’s been five months since our last newsletter, but I have a good excuse for the delay. I’ve been busy, really busy.
April and part of May were spent in Ire­land, Scot­land and Wales. Dur­ing my trip I attended a con­fer­ence hosted by Tourism Ire­land which included 60 appoint­ments with hote­liers, trans­porta­tion com­pa­nies and attrac­tions. Visit Scot­land had a sim­i­lar con­fer­ence which included another 48 appointments.
I rented a car before, in between and after the con­fer­ences and tried to see as much of the British Isles as was rea­son­ably pos­si­ble. My 25-day trip included 21 dif­fer­ent hotels and 20 rounds of golf. It sounds fun and it kind of was, but it was also exhausting.
Since start­ing Old Sod Travel, I’m up to:
  • 62 days trav­el­ing the British Isles — pri­mar­ily in Ire­land and Scotland.
  • I’ve stayed in, toured or vis­ited 92 Hotels and Guesthouses.
  • I’ve played, vis­ited or toured 73 golf courses. 
  • I’ve met an untold num­ber of great peo­ple. I’m look­ing at sev­eral stacks of busi­ness cards from Ire­land and Scot­land. There have to be at least 500 cards.
For the year we are on track to book roughly 25 trips for nearly 150 trav­el­ers, many of whom will be enjoy­ing rounds of golf at some of Scot­land and Ireland’s top courses. Imagine the time it would take for you to plan, book, invoice and pay for 25 fam­ily trips to Europe. I’ve been busy!
So what comes next? For starters, a for­mer col­league, Rich Adams, is join­ing OST to focus on golf sales in the Mid-West. Rich’s pres­ence will accel­er­ate our growth, bring­ing you even more great ideas about travel to Ire­land and the rest of the British Isles.

Future Rounds?

The Tom Coyne Open
The author of A Course Called Ire­land has asked Old Sod Travel to begin mak­ing plans for the first Tom Coyne Open in the fall of 2016. Although we are early in the plan­ning stages, our cur­rent plans are to sched­ule the tour­na­ment in Sep­tem­ber of 2016 with the west course of Ire­land being the most likely des­ti­na­tion. If you’ve read Tom’s book, you can prob­a­bly guess what courses are likely to be part of the tour­na­ment. Since you are unlikely to go to Ire­land for just three days, trip exten­sions will be offered. We hope to have more details to share in our next newsletter. 
A Course Called Ire­land

Dunes in the Fall
By late Sep­tem­ber and into the first half of Octo­ber, there are some fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ties to play some of the best courses in the British Isles. Well into Octo­ber the weather remains com­fort­able with high tem­per­a­tures firmly in the high 50’s. All in all it’s a great time to be think­ing about a late sea­son trip to a place that you have prob­a­bly been talk­ing about for years.
Fall Weather in Ireland

Topics: Golf

Tom Casey

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