Let’s be honest: If you’re wealthy enough to shell out for the Necker Open Pro Am, a competition staged on Richard Branson’s own Caribbean island and starring golf-world A-listers like Greg Norman, you don’t need to pinch pennies. But it never hurts to save a buck or two.
From now through June 30, travel specialist Jetsetter is dangling a deal for a dozen discounted spots in the five-day luxe event, which kicks off Aug. 27 on Sea Island, in Georgia, before moving on to Necker Island, Branson’s private paradise in the British Virgin Islands.
The bad news: Each two-person spot costs $80,895, or roughly the cost of not one but two 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedans. The good news: That’s nearly 10 percent off the standard entry fee of $89,995, and covers an embarrassment of perks, including private air travel, all meals and booze, and five-star accommodations with butler service.
The first two days of competition will be given over to a 36-hole handicapped shamble in which 16 two-person teams face off on Sea Island’s acclaimed Plantation and Seaside courses. (There’s also promise of a par-3 hole-in-one contest with a $1 million payoff, which is one way to cover your costs.) Each team will be paired with a “golf legend,” though no word yet on who those stars will be.
What’s certain is that Great White Shark will be lurking along the Georgia coast, and he’ll drop by the resort to play with one of the teams and to hang with all the participants at an evening cocktail party.
On Day 3, things really get exotic. The teams will be whisked off by private jet once more, this time to the island of Tortola. From there, you’ll be shuttled by a champagne-stocked speedboat to Necker for three more nights and days of high-end shenanigans, hosted by Sir Richard himself. Aside from lavish parties in resplendent surroundings, highlights will include an around-the-island Hobie Cat race and the playing of the “Necker 9,” a rollicking series of golf challenges in which Norman will participate. Keep your Faldo jokes to yourself.
Click here for more details and to book your spot in the field. See photos of Richard Branson’s Necker Island below.