Given how 2020 has gone it’s nice to celebrate the little victories and we’re delighted for our friends at Clubs to Hire who are this week celebrating their 10th year in business.
We’re always keen to support our own and Clubs to Hire is an Irish owned and operated business, catering for your golf club rental requirements when you travel overseas. It opened its first shop in Faro Airport, Portugal and our IGM staff have availed of their superb services in multiple locations on their travels over the years.
They say adversity is the mother of invention and that was pretty much the case here when Founder Tony Judge saw his previous business crash and burn in the wake of the 2007 financial crash.
Judge says; “Part of my previous business was flying to and from the Algarve and included golfing with clients. This meant I had to drag my clubs with me each time.
“When that business closed, I then turned my attention to researching ways you could rent clubs when flying into a foreign location. It quickly became apparent that the market was not being catered for and I then started to develop a website and business to look after this void in the market.
“Like any new business it had many ups and downs, but on that beautiful sunny day in June 2010 we managed to open our first shop at Faro Airport. Our first clients to collect a set were a lovely couple from the UK and I remember it was so exciting to see people come to the shop with a big smile and pick up brand new sets of clubs.”
Things have gone from strength to strength since then with the business renting over 500,000 sets of clubs in the intervening 10 years and it currently operates in 25 worldwide locations.
“In those early days we got fantastic support from TaylorMade, Callaway and the airports and we have built up an amazing relationship with them and other key suppliers. Paul McGinley was a big supporter of the business too and in 2016 PGA professional David Howell became the face and friend of the business,” added Judge.
The benefits of renting clubs are well documented with less luggage to pack, less baggage on the aircraft but there is also the opportunity to try the latest in clubs technology with Clubs to Hire offering all the latest equipment from all the main manufacturers. You choose what you want to use and they have it ready for you when you land.
Judge commented; “My focus has always been to supply the best golf sets in the market at a very reasonable price. The convenience of renting and trying out new equipment has become extremely popular and we have had tremendous support from a base of over 100,000 loyal clients from all over the world”.
It’s another small Irish success story and Clubs to Hire handles more than 300,000 annual visits to its website with more than 60,000 bookings for rental clubs worldwide, including popular golfing regions in the USA, Thailand, South Africa and five countries across the Mediterranean,
Leading brands such as TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, PXG, PING, Cobra, Wilson and Mizuno – for men and women, left-or right-handed – are all catered for from just €40 per week, so if you’re looking to travel now or in the coming months check out www.ClubstoHire.com