After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?
Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.
“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”
Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.
After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.
“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”
Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.
It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.
In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.
However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.
Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:
- be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
- do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
- do not flash large sums of money
- keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
- don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
- do not stray into unknown areas of town
- don’t drink openly on the streets
- always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel
It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.