A few months ago, I told you about a luxury Masters tickets and golf vacation package and how you could get it for a special, “GVI readers only” price.
Interest was intense to say the least, but many of you also asked if I could recommend a more moderately priced alternative.
At the time, I couldn’t, or perhaps more accurately, I wouldn’t; there were just too many providers and options to investigate for me to provide a reliable recommendation.
But today, I can.
Ever hear of SGH Golf?
Like me, you may have historically associated SGH with arranging trips to Scotland, Ireland and other parts of Europe, which they’ve been doing for the past 30 years.
I recently learned that they’ve been arranging trips to The Masters for nearly as long, and they have full-service packages starting at a very reasonable $2,100 (they can do ultra-high-end stuff, too).
Not a bad price to attend one of the world’s most sought-after sporting events.
(If you’d like me to have SGH contact you, email me at
editor [at] golfvacationinsider.com)
What’s really amazing is that SGH provides service quality and consistency that you wouldn’t expect to get at that price point.
What’s their secret?
As explained to me by company president and Scottish native Ian Jack (that’s him in the kilt), SGH literally owns its services rather than relying on subcontractors.
For example, SGH has its own office right there in Augusta, a huge advantage when it comes to coordinating the potentially problematic pickup and drop-off of patrons’ badges.
The Masters doesn’t issue “tickets” like other sporting events, and I’ve heard horror stories about people paying for, but not receiving their badges. SGH boasts a 100% badge delivery record.
Having the benefit of their “local knowledge” and insider access to certain venues doesn’t hurt, either.
SGH also owns its own hospitality building (photo at right) called Magnolia Manor located near the main entrance to Augusta National. You and your friends/clients can pop in and out all day long and be assured of a consistent, high-quality experience.
SGH even owns the transportation company that shuttles you from the airport, to your hotel, and to Augusta National.
Now, even more important than the cost savings this affords, all this gives SGH a superior amount of control over all these important details that can make or break your trip.
Their professionalism has satisfied some of the world’s most demanding corporate clients, including:
- Rolls Royce
- JP Morgan
- Merrill Lynch
- American Express
- Golf Digest
- Golf Magazine
- Pepsi-Cola Co
I’m guessing these companies opted for high-end offerings, but again, SGH also has lower-priced packages that mix all manner of practice/tournament rounds and various levels of accommodations.
Here’s a good example, which they call their “Masters Best of Both” package:
Dates: Wednesday April 4th – Thursday April 5th, 2012
The Package Includes:
*Meet and greet at Augusta airport
*Private luxury round trip Augusta airport transfers
*2 night’s accommodation, double, king, or single occupancy at your designated hotel (Staybridge Suites or Best Western)
*Guaranteed tickets to Wednesday practice round and Par 3 Tournament
*Guaranteed tickets to Thursday tournament round
*Transfers from hotel to and from Augusta National
*Access to Magnolia Manor Hospitality Wednesday and Thursday, which includes: Full breakfast, lunch, late afternoon hors d’oeuvres, open bar all day, large screen TV’s, and outdoor patio
*SGH Golf luggage tags
*Personalized travel pack with Masters information, maps, recommended restaurants, shopping and sightseeing information
*Services of SGH Golf even staff at all times
*24/7 emergency help line
*All service charges and local taxes
*Price: from $3,315 (double) $3,755 (single)
One final thing I like about SGH: convenience.
By handling so much in house, this is literally a “one call does it all” scenario.
And it’s why I made a point of telling you about SGH even though The Masters is one month away.
See, the only thing you have to do is get yourself down there, SGH can take care of everything else.
If you’d like to learn more about going to The Masters with SGH, here’s what to do:
Send me an email (editor [at] golfvacationinsider.com) with your name and phone number.
I’ll then have Ian Jack or one of his team members contact you — they’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have.
There is obviously no cost or obligation to speak to anyone at SGH, but if this is your year to attend The Masters, you’ll be in good hands.
Said one recent SGH customer:
“I have been to over 50 major sporting events over the years and have never had such incredible hospitality anywhere.”