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Clubstohire.com Irish Times Innovation Award 2013.
Clubstohire.com has been short listed for the Irish Times Innovation Award 2013. The awards will be made on the 22nd March in Belfast.
Picture - Tony Judge - Chief Executive Clubs to Hire
Clubstohire.com “Highly Commended Award”
www.clubstohire.com have recently received a “Highly Commended Award” from Intertrade Ireland. Clubstohire.com's business plan was reviewed by a panel of independent entrepreneurs, investors and experts as part of Intertrade Irelands prestigious Seedcorn competition.
Clubstohire.com Sunday Business Post feature
The Sunday Business Post - Sunday, 20 August 2012
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CLUBSTOHIRE IS HAILED IN HAMBURG
Paul McGinley’s golf club hire operation, Clubstohire.com, has won the Innovation Award for ’best service’ at the golf industry awards in Germany hosted by the prestigious Golf Magazin.
The annual ceremony, held in Hamburg last Friday (February 17) attracted more than 300 people and was given extensive media exposure in Germany.
Ireland-based ClubstoHire.com has been trading only since July 2010, when it opened its first outlet at Faro Airport and since then it has opened six further stores with more planned for 2012 and has saved more than 25,000 customers an estimated €900,000 on airlines excess baggage charges.
MicGinley was unable to attend the event as he was competing in the Avantha Masters, in New Delhi, where he ultimately finished tied 14th. But his fellow ClubstoHire director, Tony Judge, was on hand to pick up the award.
He said: ‘We are thrilled to receive the award as Golf Magazin is truly representative of the German market. It is a great fillip to us to know that German golfers appreciate our service and that we were up on stage with some of the biggest names in golf such as TaylorMade and adidas.‘
‘We will not rest on our laurels we will continue to provide the best possible club-hire service for travelling golfers and we will also continue to expand to ensure that ClubstoHire.com operations are available in as many golfing destinations as possible.‘
We anticipate that 2012 will be another good year for us as we have several new store openings already scheduled and are in discussion over several more. We are fighting a David vs Goliath battle against large airlines who continue to increase their carriage charges for sporting goods, but like David we believe we and by virtue, golfers will win in the end.‘
A broad equipment range is offered by ClubstoHire from just €35 per week, with options available from TaylorMade (including R11S and the new RocketBallz), Callaway, Wilson and MD Golf; all clubs are offered left or right-handed, ladies and mens, and hire is available from just one day to a full four weeks. For those wishing to travel extra-light, shoe hire is also available.
The service couldn not be easier to use just order on-line ahead of travel and pick up the hire set at the destination.
Bookings for Antalya, Alicante, Murcia, Dublin, Malaga, Edinburgh and Faro can be made online at www.clubstohire.com
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McGinley discusses Clubs to Hire on BBC Talk Sport.
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Clubstohire.com on Today FM
9 August 2010
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McGinley chips into golf firm
Sunday Independent August 2010
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Sunday Times July 2010
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June 24, 2010 at 1:24
McGinley the high flying businessman
By Brian Keogh Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 0:24
Paul McGinley has a business idea that will make those hefty airline charges for golf clubs a thing of the past if it eventually takes off.
The Dubliner has teamed up with former college pal Tony Judge to provide holiday golfers with a club rental option at five major airports - Malaga, Faro, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Low-cost airlines such as Ryanair or Aer Lingus charge passengers €30 each way to travel with their golf clubs.
But enterprising McGinley plans to rent out top of the range clubs provided by TaylorMade, Ping or Titleist from just €35 per week.
Explaining the idea, McGinley said: ‘You’ve been down in Portugal with friends. You get your Aer Lingus flight down and then you go online and order your golf clubs for the week. You have got a choice of Taylor Made, Ping Titleist, all top of the range and up to the minute.
‘You order a set of whatever you want, pick them up in the arrivals hall at the airport and you pay from €35 for the week.
‘Nowadays the airlines are charging €30 down and €30 back and we are going to charge from €35 for a set of rental clubs for the week. There will be an office in the airport like those for the hire cars you hand in your credit card and your booking number and get the clubs you want. They’ll be in a package which will have your name on it. Itíll just be a case of ‘there you go‘.
‘You return them the following week and if you don not, we have got your credit card and will nail you like a hire car company does. It’s a cross between rent-a-car and renting skis.
‘We have already got five airports Malaga, Faro, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow. My job was to get the manufacturers on board. It’s going to be launched in the next couple of weeks.‘
Cost is not the only inconvenience connected with flying with golf clubs. The sheer physical effort required is another turn off.
‘Take somebody like my mom,‘ McGinley explained. ‘She has got her clubs and is going down to Portugal for two weeks holidays. She has to pay €30 down and €30 back but it‘s not so much the price, itís having to lug your clubs around the airport.
‘Youíll get top of the range clubs from €35 for the week. Any clubs you want, left or right-handed, ladies and men‘s. Itís very simple and the airlines are happy too because now they donít have to carry the clubs or deal with passengers when they get lost or things like that.
‘The idea is to grow it globally then and we are already in discussion with Orlando airport and weíll have exclusive deals with these airports for five years.
‘Itíll be like rent-a-car Ė you come in and Hertz are right there. If you want to go with another, less expensive firm, youíve got to get in a bus and go five miles down the road. So you think, okay, Iíll pay them the €10 extra and do it here.
‘The airlines are pushing everybody even me. I mean, I‘m business class and I‘m being charged to take my clubs. I think it‘s a great idea.‘
By karl mcginty
Tuesday March 23 2010
PAUL McGINLEY is most famous for sinking the putt which beat the United States at the Belfry; now he's about to strike a blow for all golfers currently held to ransom by money-grabbing airlines. Together with college chum and fellow Dubliner Tony Judge, McGinley has discovered an innovative way around the exorbitant fees airlines charge to ferry golf clubs to holiday destinations.
Within the next few weeks, McGinley and Judge will launch an international rental business which will give golfers the opportunity to book the clubs of their choice over the internet and collect them in the arrivals hall at their destination airport.
The service will be similar to that offered by car-hire companies, only the customer, for a price from €35 per week, will choose precisely which mix of woods, irons and putter he or she desires from any of the leading manufacturers.
Given his contacts in golf, McGinley forged a deal with the manufacturers, who are keen for players to try out their latest models, while Judge has struck an exclusive five-year deal to operate at five international airports: Dublin, Malaga, Faro, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
There are more in the offing, according to McGinley, who says: "The idea is to grow it globally and we are already in discussions with Orlando."
Ryanair -- who else? -- were first to introduce specific fees for carrying golf clubs in the spring of 2003, but Aer Lingus soon followed suit along with many other major carriers in Europe and the United States. It has become commonplace in the industry to charge for any baggage one places in an aircraft's hold, yet the prices levied on sports equipment defy all logic.
For example, yesterday I applied on-line for a flight with Ryanair from Dublin to Faro on Thursday April 22, returning on April 29. It was one of those 'no taxes' deals which would have required me to pay the airline the princely sum of €69.58, including a €10 on-line check-in fee, to ferry my corpulent, 200 pounds-plus frame from Dublin to the Algarve and back.
Yet the asking price for bringing my clubs -- which weigh less than 25 pounds including the bag, balls and shoes -- was €80, or €40 each-way. Outrageously, I'd be expected to pay €10.42 more to ferry an item which is at least one eighth of my body weight. Of course, having lugged my golf clubs all the way into the airport, who's to say they'd arrive in Faro undamaged, if they did get there at all?
I'll never forget my first brush with this phenomenon in April 2003 when checking in for an overnight return trip to Gatwick. I'd no check-in luggage apart from a pencil-bag of golf clubs which, all told, weighed just 13 pounds -- well below the limit for hold baggage, which went free at that time.
Directed to the Ryanair desk in the departures hall at Dublin airport to pay (if I recall correctly) a €25 each-way fee, I was told to "take it or leave it" when I tried to point out how unfair I considered this new policy to be. Left with Hobson's choice, I stumped up the extra cash, so you can imagine my anger when I arrived in Gatwick and was told by an official in the baggage hall: "Your golf bag has gone to Prestwick, not Gatwick."
There was no refund of the fee either for the outward or return leg of my journey. Neither was there any compensation for the cost of hiring a horrible old set of clubs at Royal St Georges, where I was to play in an Open Championship media day that afternoon.
Of course, back in 2003, with the Ryder Cup at the K Club still three years away, our government still pretended to be serious about promoting Ireland as a golf destination, so I contacted Failte Ireland, expecting them to rise up in fury against this new surcharge being placed on golfers visiting our shores.
In fairness, they were so annoyed they revealed they had written "a strongly worded letter" to Ryanair on the matter. That certainly did the trick; within weeks, Aer Lingus also started putting the gun to the golfer's head.
Though this plague on the travelling golfer spread internationally with the efficacy of swine flu, at least it has given a gilt-edged business opportunity to two shrewd operators -- McGinley and Judge.
McGinley returned to the European Tour arena in last week's King Hassan II Open in Morocco after nearly five months recovering from his sixth operation on is left knee early last November and, clearly, the Dubliner made good use of his free time.
The rental network is just one of two new businesses McGinley is establishing -- the other is an elite international golf club membership scheme. He's also accepted a course-design project at Bulgaria's Sofia Golf Club.
McGinley missed the cut in Rabat, largely because he struggled for feel on the greens there. Yet with no pain in his left knee and after spending the weekend at Royal Golf Club Dar Es Salam working on his putting, he's hopeful of making it through all 72 holes in this week's Open de Andalucia in Malaga.