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The itinerary was enticing.

The itinerary was enticing. A three week trip to a stunning land I had always wanted to visit over 11,000 miles away combining 12 rounds of golf, staying in 5 fantastic locations with numerous sightseeing opportunities promised much. From the North of North Island to the South of South Island, the golf in itself sounded amazing but when supplemented with numerous land trips to vineyards, geysers and Fjordland and sea trips to the Bay of Islands and to the stunning Waiheke island near Auckland, my expectations were super high.

In practice, the journey there was more than compensated by the combination of all the above and more surpassing my expectations to became the trip of a lifetime. Aided by amazing spring weather throughout the 3 weeks, I thoroughly enjoyed the company of the terrific group of guests, David and Liz (and now know a lot more about red wine than I did before!) as well as the high quality and wide variety of the beautiful golf courses including some of the most highly rated courses in the world. The scenery we encountered across the North Island was stunning. That in South Island was simply breathtaking.

These trips don’t just happen. Huge thanks must go to Trent at New Zealand golf, to Ian and of course to David and Liz for their parts in organising and running the trip with all its multiple components which all worked like clockwork. I find it hard to believe any company could have organised and run a better trip to this amazing location and my 1,668 photos will help to keep it in my memory for a very long time.


New Zealand absolutely awesome

Just wanted to let you know that I found the trip to New Zealand absolutely awesome. It is the most beautiful country and so under populated. The organisation of the trip was superb throughout with just the right mix of sightseeing, travelling and playing wonderful golf courses. The use of internal flights and very comfortable mini buses meant we covered much of both islands and were able to see a great deal. Boat cruises were mind blowingly beautiful and I have masses of photos to sort my way through but they can’t really do justice to this amazing country. We were a select group who all got on so well and had lots of fun. My thanks to them all but particularly to David and Liz for a holiday I will never forget.

Iain, it was lovely to meet you and your partner (sorry I don’t know how to spell her name) in Singapore and I would like to thank you as well for putting together such an enjoyable trip.

Kind regards

New Zealand was everything I had hoped for

Our 3 week golf tour of New Zealand was everything I had hoped for and more.
Fabulous golf courses, fantastic scenery, great company and local food and wine of the highest quality. The Kiwi welcome and service was awesome and the weather surpassed expectations. We enjoyed a number of sightseeing excursions including a visit to Milford Sound which enhanced the whole experience. What a great golfing destination ! Many thanks to David and Liz for hosting such a memorable trip.


The holiday of a lifetime for me

Three weeks in New Zealand playing 11 amazing golf courses with wine tasting and sightseeing. The holiday of a lifetime for me that I found myself on last month. Before I went I didn’t know David or most of the other clients.

However they all soon became friends. David and his partner Liz were fantastic hosts ensuring that every detail of the trip ran like clockwork.

The golf was quite wonderful- I soon ran out of superlatives to describe how beautiful the courses were, each with its own individual challenge and character. I’m a 17 handicap senior golfer and even though the challenge set each round was quite daunting everyone was so supportive that I never felt it was too much. I just loved every minute. We did three great wine tours sampling the best wines New Zealand has to offer, often accompanied by delicious nibbles or a meal. Transport around the country, when not in a plane, was in comfortable minibuses. All the drivers went out of their way to ensure that not only did we reach our destination on time each day but we also saw so much of this amazing country. The range of hotels from lakeside and sea sites to the contrast of the city. Looking through my photos confirms my memory that this was a truly great holiday. I can’t think of anything that could have improved the experience!


Tenerife Golf and Coaching week 2018

I just didn’t want to come home. From the moment Barney spotted my Watford FC head cover and realised I was a fellow ’Orn to the moment we all said goodbye it was a ball. What a lovely group even though Tom and I were rather outnumbered. Barney was brilliant. The clubs were waiting for us every morning as we ambled down to the clubhouse in the glorious weather with breathtaking views. Great golf course. Long journey but worth every minute and would love to do it again.


A Non Golfer – Sept 2018

Fantastic holiday in Italy even for a non golfer, beautiful golf courses, splendid company
gorgeous food in local restaurants, superb hotel…. but the icing on the cake was on the
last night being taken over the lake on a boat to a beautiful restaurant.The captain even
played God save the Queen.On the return trip Liz took control of the boat watched
carefully by the captain. Mick and I both thank David and Liz for another brilliant holiday.


Looking forward to Spring 2019

David et al
As the autumnal weather sets in here in the UK there is nothing nicer than looking forward to next spring at San Lorenzo
A credit to the whole experience, I’m looking forward to a full 2 weeks with you, Liz and the gang next spring.
Thanks for both the coaching and the forbearance – handicap now down to 22 !! Which is a struggle at times to play to. Thats about £1000 a point – worth every penny, thank you

2019 … Target 18 because that makes the scoring easier – cheque to follow !!

Have a great festive season, play well, enjoy the travel and very much looking forward to SL next year

Best Fraser

Thoroughly Enjoyed 26 May 2018 Golf & Coaching

Hi All
Thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to Staverton Park. Barney’s coaching and tips were very helpful. Played 18 holes on Friday and shot 2 over par off my 8 handicap with vastly improved iron shots and reduction in no of putts particularly under 6 foot. Will be back in 2019 when hopefully Barney will get me down to scatch! Gill also hit some great shots on Friday although I’m not sure she was paying attention in the bunker lesson.


My First Escorted Golf Vacation – Sesimbra May 2018

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone at DSG for their part in helping to create a fantastic golf holiday experience. The Sesimba trip was my first escorted golf vacation and every aspect of it exceeded my expectations. From the meticulous and timely email-coordination of logistics with Iain, to the patient gentlemanly approach of Barney (our tour-guide, golf-coach and dinner-companion extraordinaire), to the amazing group of friendly and fun-loving fellow golfers…I thoroughly enjoyed every detail.

The precise pre-trip planning and detailed coordination was evident throughout.. .and the airport transfers, hotel accommodations, daily transportation, training sessions, golf outings, dinner gatherings all combined for a stress-free, relaxed, and fun golf vacation. Iain and DSG staff assisted me with renting clubs for the week (which even arrived to the hotel before I did). The quality of the clubs, pick-up and drop-off service, and price point for the week was simply phenomenal. In a word, I felt spoiled…perhaps exactly as one hopes to feel on an escorted vacation 🙂 Thanks again to all and I look forward to another golfing adventure with you soon!

Mike Hosey

Excellence of San Lorenzo – April 2018

Even the unseasonable weather on the Algarve in early April, could not reduce the excellence of San Lorenzo. It is a wonderful course with many fine holes, in a superb location. The newly refurbished Dona Filipe hotel was a great base and David made sure that we made the best of the weather.


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