Why Book with Golfpac Travel
Save money and time
You receive concierge-style service every step of the way. Use our website or call us to book tee times only or a golf package with lodging at multiple courses months before play.
Never a service fee
There is no extra fee for our service, and our advice and insider tips on over 350 golf courses around the US are unbiased.
Your booking process is simple and personal
Confirmations, payments, changes, and whatever comes up, we make it easy, even for large groups.
Just a $75 deposit
Holds your trip until a month before travel. There is never a change fee, rainouts are reimbursed and we have great deals on same-day replays.
Quick facts about Golfpac Travel
Real people, ready to help
We’re not just a “dot com”! Behind our technology stands a caring staff of golf vacation experts who are just a phone call away throughout your quoting, booking and travel experience.
Benefit from our 35-year track record and the knowledge we’ve gained booking over 100,000 tee times and 20,000 hotel nights per year.
Volume and reputation
Because we’re one of the country’s trusted leaders in golf vacations, we have access to the best deals and those “hard-to-get“ tee times, even on some private clubs.
Golf Vacations Across the US
We offer custom golf vacations and packages wherever you want to play, whether it be Florida, Arizona, Myrtle Beach, Sea Island and many other locations.
Daniel Newhaller, a retired corporate executive, founded Golfpac in 1975. The business evolved out of requests from Dan’s friends and business associates from the Midwest to make advance tee times for golf courses during their annual winter vacations. Initially, the requests were for the Orlando area only, but the business slowly grew to include Tampa, Miami, and a few golf resorts in other areas of Florida. Each year the volume increased, but the focus was always on the winter “in-season” traveler. Phones were actually turned off in the summer and reconnected in the fall.
In 1986, Jeff Hamilton and a group of investors bought Golfpac from Dan. The new management team decided to build the business into a year-round operation. By 1989, Golfpac was also offering trips throughout Florida, Scottsdale/Phoenix, and Myrtle Beach. In addition, an international division was created to handle travel to Scotland, Ireland, England, Portugal, and Spain. Through the years, domestic destinations have grown steadily to include 14 areas throughout Florida; Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; San Diego and Palm Springs, California; Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi; and Williamsburg, Virginia. Each year, Golfpac carefully chooses new and exciting destinations to offer to their wide base of proven golf travelers.
Every September, a Golf Vacation Guide is produced and mailed. This past year, 225,000 brochures were printed with 200,000 being mailed to potential customers just after Labor Day and around the New Year. The balance of brochures is distributed to responses generated by word of mouth and advertisements in various trade publications. For example, Golfpac advertises extensively in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine along with many regional golf and travel trade publications. The company also participates in domestic consumer golf shows and travel-related trade shows such as POW WOW and Florida Huddle.
The Internet has also become an extremely valuable marketing and customer-service tool. Golfpac’s extensive website — www.golfpactravel.com — constantly changes and improves to meet industry demands and customer needs. Visitors to the website can now research where they want to stay and play, view online specials and packages, create their own custom quotes, and make reservations online. The website also offers special features such as “MyTrip,” where confirmed passengers can view all aspects of their reservation including hotel confirmations, rooming lists, tee times, payments, package descriptions, etc. Each reservation booked with Golfpac receives access to a private “MyTrip” website. Travelers love this unique feature!
Golfpac creates custom packages using net room and golf rates wherever possible. Packages include accommodations, green fees, golf carts, car rentals, taxes, and any other features available through the specific hotel or golf resort. This method allows flexibility to build customized packages to meet specific client needs. Customers are provided with vouchers for services booked and vendors direct bill immediately using the vouchers as guarantee of payment. In the 2011/2012 season, more than 40,000 golfers traveled with Golfpac. A significant percentage of these travelers are repeat customers, which speaks well of consumer confidence in the organization.
Over its 35-year history, Golfpac has grown from a seasonal mom-and-pop business to one of the largest, most experienced golf travel companies in the world with 25 employees. The company maintains its headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida.