John ‘over the moon’ with golfing prize

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Excellence awards winner Isle of Man Golf Tours has announced the winner of its Facebook prize draw.

John Asplin, who has business interests in the island, has won a two-day golfing trip to the island for two people, with travel, accommodation and two rounds of golf included.

The Isle of Man’s only dedicated golfing holiday tour operator launched the prize draw in November on its Facebook page.

Entries were received from all over Europe, including Norway and Germany.

When the draw closed at the end of January, property developer John’s name was selected at random from the entries. His prize includes return travel for two from Liverpool with the Isle of Man Steam Packet, a night at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino in Douglas, including an evening meal, all transfers and rounds of golf on two of the island’s most famous courses.

The Isle of Man has nine stunning courses to choose from, and John’s prize will see him play the legendary Castletown Golf Links and Douglas Golf Course, designed by the same man as the Augusta National Course in America, home of The Masters.

John, of South Lakeland in Cumbria, returned to golf just 18 months ago, after a long sabbatical, and currently plays at Windermere Golf Club.

He said: ‘I’m over the moon to win this fabulous prize. Playing at Windermere I appreciate beautiful surroundings and know playing in the Isle of Man will be every bit as satisfying.

‘I’m a frequent visitor to the island as I have business interests there, and am longing to play Castletown especially as I frequently fly past it!’

John is currently making arrangements for the visit with the Isle of Man Golf Tours team.

Founder Martin Young said: ‘As golfers, we are very keen to spread the word about the amazing courses we have in the Isle of Man, as well as our ability to specially tailor trips for groups large and small which involve great golf at stunning courses, plus all the delights this wonderful island has to offer.

‘We were pleased to see entries coming in from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as further afield in Europe, which shows the Isle of Man is gaining a reputation as a golfing destination.

‘I know John will have a fantastic time on his trip, and hope everyone who missed out takes the chance to come and sample the delights of golfing in the Isle of Man anyway.’

Isle of Man Golf Tours was the winner of the Microgaming award for Marketing and PR Effectiveness at the 2013 Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence.

It was also named Best Customer Service provider in the 2013 Isle of Man Tourism Awards.

The web address for the business is

f Man Golf Tours:Isle of Man Golf Tours is the only dedicated tour operator tailoring golfing holidays around the Island’s nine fantastic golf courses, staying at the finest and friendliest hotels and taking the headache out of any group holiday with minibus transfers and club hire. The golf courses themselves stand out for their stunning natural beauty, fabulous scenery and as all nine courses are so close together, they offer amazing variety and convenience. Castletown Golf Links is an amazing links course rated as one of the top courses in the world and often likened to Turnberry. Then there’s Douglas Golf Course, designed by Alister MacKenzie, famous for designing Augusta National. Skilfully designed itineraries offer visitors the chance to enjoy the courses at their quietest without feeling rushed. Isle of Man Golf Tours provides memorable non-golfing activities for guests. Groups love the après golf scene and enjoy activities such as the casino, fishing, shooting, karting the popular brewery tour and even an escorted tour around the TT course on a motor trike! Isle of Man Golf Tours is run by golfers for golfers, who understand what makes an unforgettable golfing holiday. Visit the website to book.

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