Tee Times Golf Agency at the 15th IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention

Tee Times Golf Agency is set to take part in the 15th IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention (NAC), held at the Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa in Boyne Falls, Northern Michigan, from June 17-19, 2024. This prestigious event brings together key players in the golf tourism industry, including golf resorts, clubs, hotels, tourist boards, and other suppliers from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and beyond.

The NAC is renowned for its highly structured format, where suppliers and buyers engage in pre-scheduled meetings over two days, fostering meaningful business relationships and networking opportunities. This year’s convention starts with a golf tournament across two of Northern Michigan’s premier courses, followed by a series of social functions, including a Welcome Reception and Farewell Evening function. Delegates will also enjoy buffet lunches and evening drinks at the IAGTO Bar, ensuring ample informal networking and discussion opportunities.

Northern Michigan, known for its exceptional golf offerings, particularly with Boyne Golf’s ten courses and two resorts, provides an ideal backdrop for the event. The timing in June is perfect for experiencing the region’s golf courses at their peak condition.

Tee Times Golf Agency, a proud IAGTO member since its founding in 1997, has consistently driven forward the golf tourism industry with a special focus on Portugal and Spain. Our participation in the IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention is a testament to our unwavering commitment to fostering growth and innovation in golf tourism, instilling confidence in our partners and clients.

As one of Europe’s leading golf travel agencies, our team specialises in offering top-tier golf and tourism packages, providing exceptional vacation experiences in Portugal and Spain. Our curated packages cater to golf enthusiasts seeking the best courses and luxurious accommodations, ensuring memorable and seamless holidays. The agency’s deep industry knowledge and extensive network enable us to deliver personalised services that meet the highest quality and customer satisfaction standards.

IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention program

Attendees began arriving on Wednesday, June 12 and participated in Fam Tours programs until June 15. The event schedule includes a Dinner for Buyers’ Golf Day participants at Grand Traverse Resort on June 15, followed by the Buyers’ Golf Day and NAC Tournament player check-in on June 16.

The first official day, June 17, starts with breakfast at Everett’s Restaurant, followed by the NAC Golf Tournament with a shotgun start at Bay Harbor and The Highlands. The day concludes with a Welcome Reception on the lawns of Mountain Grand Lodge. Convention Day 1 on June 18 will be held at the Civic Center Foyer, where activities resume through June 20. The complete program is available here.

We are poised to take full advantage of the IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention, continuing to shape the future of golf tourism through strategic partnerships and innovative initiatives. Our commitment to excellence and passion for golf tourism ensure that we remain at the forefront of the industry, providing unparalleled experiences for golf travellers worldwide.

2024 US Open: golf’s biggest stars head to Pinehurst

The US Open is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for June 13-16, 2024, as the legendary Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina is set to host this thrilling major tournament.

Pinehurst No. 2, a course that commands respect, is renowned for its challenging nature. Crafted by Donald Ross and enhanced by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, it’s famous for its demanding turtleback greens. These greens challenge even the most skilled players, requiring a masterful short game for a good score. With its sandy waste areas and minimal roughness, the course demands precision and strategic play.

US Open lineup

The lineup of players for the US Open is a testament to the tournament’s prestige. It mixes seasoned pros, past champions, and promising new talent. The competition to secure a spot in the US Open is fierce, with players earning their place through rankings, past performances, and regional tournaments. The spotlight will be on last year’s champion, Wyndham Clark, as he defends his title, the world number one Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, and the legendary Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods, a fifteen-time major champion, has accepted a special exemption to participate in the US Open. Woods, who has won this open thrice, last took home the trophy in 2008. His return adds even more excitement to an already star-studded event, as golf lovers are eager to see if the legendary golfer can recapture some of his past magic on one of the sport’s biggest stages.

For fans, the US Open is always a thrill. The coverage will be extensive, whether you’re lucky enough to be there in person or catch it on TV. Major sports networks and online streaming platforms will ensure you take advantage of every moment of the action.

In short, the 2024 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be an epic showdown. With its challenging course and top-tier players, it’s set to be a highlight of the golfing year. Get ready for some unforgettable golf!

Photos by: US Open.

Severiano Ballesteros and his undying love for Portugal

Severiano Ballesteros is celebrated as one of the greatest golfers of all time. Born on April 9, 1957, in Pedreña, Spain, Ballesteros’ influence on the sport transcends national boundaries, and his fondness for Portugal played a significant role in his illustrious career.

“Seve” first made his mark in Portugal at 17, when he competed professionally at the Estoril Golf Course, his first tournament out of Spain. This historic course, renowned for its challenging layout and picturesque scenery, was more than just a stage for Seve to showcase his talent and love for the game. It was a place that held a special place in his heart, a place that he always carried with him. In Estoril, a bond was formed, a love affair with Portugal that would endure throughout his life and career.

Severiano Ballesteros’ Portuguese designs

Ballesteros’ impact on Portuguese golf is not just significant; it’s monumental. He designed three prestigious golf courses in the country: Royal Óbidos, Quinta do Vale, and Porto Santo Golfe. These courses, each a testament to his skill and vision, have left an indelible mark on the Portuguese golfing landscape.

Royal Óbidos, Severiano Ballesteros’ final project, is a par-72 championship course that is a testament to his design philosophy. It offers a stern test for even the most accomplished golfers, with strategic water hazards and challenging shots that reflect Seve’s flair and creativity. With its elegant atmosphere, the modern clubhouse provides the perfect setting for players to reflect on their game. Like all of Seve’s designs, this course is not just a place to play golf but a place to experience the game in all its beauty and challenge.

Quinta do Vale, located near the Spanish border, is another testament to Seve’s design genius. This course features long holes, generous fairways, and complex greens, demanding precision and strategy from players. The hilly terrain adds a layer of difficulty, making it a favourite among those seeking a rigorous golfing challenge. The 15th hole is particularly memorable with its stunning view of the Guadiana River.

Porto Santo Golfe, spanning from beach dunes to basalt cliffs, epitomizes Seve’s vision of blending natural beauty with a challenging game. The club offers two distinct designs: the South Course, with its lakes, and the cliff-top North Course, which offers diverse playing experiences. The accompanying nine-hole pitch-and-putt course and driving range enhance its appeal. The clubhouse, harmoniously integrated into the landscape, exemplifies Seve’s dedication to environmental sustainability and aesthetic harmony.

All of them are part of the list of courses that we offer at Tee Times Golf Agency for those who wish to enjoy their Portugal golf holidays playing at the highest level.

Seve also contributed to the promotion of golf in Portugal through his company, Amen Corner, which organized the Algarve Open many times and the Madeira Open. Although he never won a tournament in Portugal, his presence and influence were deeply felt, and his affection for the country was reciprocated by golf enthusiasts.

Seve: an eternal champion

Severiano Ballesteros overcame numerous challenges throughout his career, securing three Open Championships (1979, 1984, 1988), two Masters titles (1980, 1983), five Ryder Cups, 50 European Tour titles, and countless other victories, accumulating 91 professional wins. 

He has also been named a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, World Player of the Year (by Golf Digest), European Player of the Century, World Athlete Most Influential in Changing the Game, Lifetime Achievement Award, BBC Sports Personality Award and much more.

His charismatic playing style and relentless drive endeared him to fans worldwide, and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of golfers.

In late 2006, Severiano Ballesteros announced his intent to join the senior tour but retired from professional golf in July 2007. His health began to decline following a brain tumour diagnosis in October 2008. Despite undergoing several surgeries, Seve passed away on May 7, 2011, at the age of 54. His legacy, a testament to his victories, course designs, and the lasting impact he had on the game of golf, continues to inspire and shape the future of the sport, as well as his special connection with Portugal. His legacy is not just a memory but a living, breathing force that continues to shape the world of golf.

Photo by: Daily Mail.