I had the pleasure of hosting James & Robert Toothill to a week of golf in Western Australia last week. Robert is James’s adult son, and they decided on a “father / son” getaway in Perth to spend some time together both on and off the golf course. The Toothills live in Mauritius and spend the equivalent of half the year in Mauritius and the other half in the Channel Islands where they both work for a large car franchise dealership. James manages the IT and “back-office” services out of Mauritius and employ over 100 “locals” on the island.
James contacted me when they were looking for something new for a golfing destination, and as they had not been to Western Australia before, I recommended a week in Mandurah (an hour’s drive south of Perth) playing the top golf courses in the Peel region. Mandurah is rated as one of the best golfing destinations in Australia, and has the benefit of great golf courses combined with beautiful weather and spectacular scenery. Add a vibrant dining & nightlife scene and golfers get great value for money when visiting Perth and Mandurah on a golf trip.
International Golf Specialists was engaged to handle the arrangements for the Toothills which included golf, accommodation and transfers. I selected Sebel Mandurah as the accommodation base for James & Robert, and contacted General Manager Dougal McConnell to ensure the Toothills had an enjoyable and memorable stay.
The Toothills played 5 rounds of golf in 6 days … fortunately the early Spring weather held fine and they enjoyed the challenges of Meadow Springs Country Club, The Cut, Mandurah Country Club, Secret Harbour and Links, Kennedy Bay. The courses were in great condition despite our wettest Winter in 50 years, with most courses being links-style and built on sand bases.
I had the pleasure of a round with James & Robert at Links, Kennedy Bay on the Friday and also invited Dougal as my guest to make up a four-ball. We had a most enjoyable round at this very challenging but fun course designed 25 years ago by the late Roger Mackay and Michael Coates.
Robert flew back to Mauritius on the Sunday morning and as James had waiting time before a late-night flight to England, I invited him for some social golf at Melville Glades Golf Club, my private golf club in Perth. Before golf, I drove James around and gave him the city tour of Perth, which he was very impressed with. A seafood lunch at Matilda Bay was a highlight of the day.
James & Robert want to return to Perth sometime in the future, and with a 7-hour direct flight from Mauritius to Perth 3 times a week on wide-bodied Airbus aircraft, it is not a difficult travel.
James parting words were “the team at International Golf Specialists looked after our golf trip arrangements very well, and everything from the golf to the excellent accommodation was well organised. The Managing Director Gary Allomes made our trip very enjoyable and personal and made for a very successful first visit to Western Australia. I would certainly recommend International Golf Specialists to any golfers looking for a personalised, great value golf package or tour to Western Australia”!
International Golf Specialists are based in Perth, Western Australia and are the leading golf tour operator in the state. We have great rates at the top golf courses and resorts, and can develop a golf travel package that includes all requirements. For more information about the amazing experiences to be enjoyed on West Australia’s golf courses and the superb accommodation and attractions on offer throughout the state, please contact International Golf Specialists to begin planning your next golfing holiday. We can tailor a golf package to suit your personal requirements.
18 September 2018