VOLUME 12, NUMBER 1– February 27, 2013
Tony Abel

This newsletter is designed to whet your appetite for golf anywhere in the world. Each issue highlights special programs and specific destinations. I organize groups from two to 20 and will custom-design your itinerary. I will arrange everything for you: airfare, ground transportation, hotels, and tee times. I have visited almost every property in this report, so can speak from first-hand experience. Contact me if I can be of assistance. I look forward to working with you! Got a question? Ask me!Tony Abell: Phone: 301 656-4060 x21 / Toll Free: 800 767-4061 x21
Email: tonya@travelplaceinc.com

PGA Merchandise Show


I attended the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando at the end of January and once again felt like a little kid in a candy store. I did not visit every one of the more than 1,100 vendors, but got the distinct sense that the golf business is finally growing again. I caught up with a number of suppliers with whom I normally deal in Ireland and Scotland and met some new vendors. I also spend a lot of (too much?) time looking at equipment, clothing, and doo-dads which will show up in pro shops across the US this coming year. I used launch monitors and putting aids, tried on sunglasses and Gore-Tex rain gear, and generally had the time of my life. If you’re a golf fan, this is a great opportunity to see what’s out there – and it’s only $30 if you sign up ahead of time.

Villas of Grand Cypress


I liked Orlando so much (and my game is so bad) that I signed up for golf school at the end of March at the Villas of Grand Cypress, a 5* resort which has 54 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and a dedicated teaching area (with 3 practice holes and a short-game area). I’ll give you a full report on the resort and teaching program in my next newsletter.



In June, I’m off for my sixth visit in the last ten years to my ancestral home. I’ll play Doonbeg, Lahinch, Tralee, and Cork Golf Club during a tour with my bride and two other couples. Our itinerary includes Doonbeg, Galway, Tralee, Kinsale, Cobh, Kilkenny, and Dublin. Full report when I return!

Van Morrison


The Slieve Donard Hotel (literally next door to Royal County Down, my choice as the #1 golf course in the world) is hosting a dinner/concert with Van Morrison as the guest artist on July 21 (almost sold out) and 22 (tickets still available). The audience is limited to 350 (not 35,000) people and tickets are £200 (about $320). I can put together a package including concert tickets, hotel, and golf at RCD and other fabulous venues further north and/or near Dublin. If you love golf and great rock music, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.