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It has been my intention for some time to develop a platform for communicating directly with golfers, friends and colleagues about what’s going on in the world of Golf Tourism both here in England, the UK and overseas. So somewhat belatedly, I am delighted to launch ‘On Tour’, which will deliver regular blogs about insights, best practise, dynamic people and events that I encounter on my travels as CEO of Golf Tourism England.  

Anyone who has witnessed my golfing ability will know that in no way am I trying to align this blog with the professional golf circuits, where golfers good enough to compete at the highest level are referred to as being ‘On Tour’. In fact, the blog has more to do with travel, tourism and destinations than any technical aspects of playing the game.

GTE Event

The ‘On tour’ to which I refer are those happiest of times that remain in the memory for the rest of your life, when you embark on a trip with close friends or your colleagues, and pursue with complete commitment and abandonment your shared hobby or pastime. A shared sense of adventure and fun which is unrivalled, and bonds people together for a lifetime. 

I have been lucky enough to have gone on some epic rugby tours as far away as California and Australia, and memories of those trips, and the people on the trip, have been with me all my life. Same with Golf tours; although not a team sport, heading away with friends and golf clubs, is one of the great joys of life. The experience of booking into a new hotel, in a new place with three or so courses not played before awaiting your arrival, is an excitement that is barely containable…so full of anticipation, hope and curiosity. A good pint of local ale is usually the answer!

Andrew Cooke, Golf Tourism England

Business generally over the years, but more frequently since being involved with the golf tourism industry, has taken me to some wonderful locations around the world, but it has to be said, that the British Isles and Ireland will always be special. There are so many nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored, and the number of great golf courses are endless, as is the astonishing scenery, the charming villages, the wonderful local restaurants and traditional pubs. And then of course there will always the local characters, always so willing to share stories and recommendations.

Ok, so I do know the saying, ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’, but I am now far too old to get up to any nonsense, so very happy to share my experiences!