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SCOTLAND 2019 CANCELLED: NOT FOR LACK OF INTEREST!

Many thanks for the enthusiastic response to GottaGoGolf Scotland 2019! We got to the part where contracts needed to be signed and I realized I could not participate because the hotels and golf courses wanted early guarantees and nonrefundable payments that put me personally at risk for any cancellations. But stay tuned, there’s a new, group-friendly destination coming soon!

Introducing your escort, Susan Fornoff

Image of Susan FornoffI’ve loved traveling since my sportswriting days, and my last newspaper job was as travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. I’ve been on many golf media tours, organized family trips, and written golf travel articles for The Chronicle, The Grain, SFGate.com and American Life. Cori Brett (then Kenicer) and I teamed up to write the 2001 book Northern California Golf Getaways, published by Avalon Travel Publishing.

I’ve been on golf trips with mostly men and others with mostly women, which qualifies me to say this: They’re different! Generally, the trips with men are about golf, golf and more golf, while the trips with women are about more than golf.

I’m hoping that our trips will be unique in bridging the gender gap. They will be trips featuring golf, but not in a boring, 36-a-day way.

And I promise that no one will have to bring a suit or a dress on any of our GottaGoGolf journeys. I hope you’ll join us!

What have I learned from all this? I’ve learned that every destination has its sparkling gems and its hidden gems, and as a journalist I enjoy researching them. I’ve learned that it’s important to have a good bed to sleep in — mints on the pillow, not required. I’ve learned that the best group trips leave a little bit of room for individuals to do their own thing, even if that’s just a nap. I’ve learned that I prefer to tip someone to lug my clubs around rather than do it myself. I’ve learned that I don’t have to play well to enjoy a beautiful golf course, but I’d better always pack my “weathers.”

And here’s the reason I’m leading GottaGoGolf travels: I’ve learned that great experiences are even better when they are shared. I hope you’ll come and join in the fun!

Frequently asked questions about GottaGoGolf trips

How do I know I’ll have a great experience? I’ve taken many golf trips and organized golf tournaments, and there will be no stone left unturned. Besides, the chemistry on our trips is bound to make for a memorable time.

What makes these trips different from the others I’ve seen advertised? We are not going to merely play round after round of 18-hole golf. We’re united by golf and the goal of experiencing the game with fun, food and good company. Oh, and adult beverages! These are not going to be the kind of itineraries that will leave you needing a vacation from the game. We might play at twilight one day, but never at 7 a.m.

Do I have to drive on the wrong side of the road? We are planning trips where you will not have to drive at all. If you wanted to do it all yourself, you wouldn’t be coming with us, right? You’re spending a little extra to enjoy the ease and safety of coach travel. And you don’t have to worry about having one for the road, you can have one ON the road.

Are we staying in dive hotels? No, you can do that on your next trip. We won’t be going to the Ritz, but I believe golfers who are sampling adult beverages deserve a good bed to sleep in.