Meet the Team!

Name

Ainslie Saunders

Role

Founder & Managing Director

Where do you live?

Southern Highlands, NSW Australia

Which Golf Club are you a member at?

Moss Vale Golf Club

Handicap

34 – I’m in the office more than I’m out on the course!

What is the best golf club you’ve ever played at?

It’s so hard to choose!  I’m been fortunate enough to play on so many amazing courses…. Finca Cortesin in Spain was amazing, especially when the drinks cart came around to our group to give everyone cups of chilled Gazpacho.  Mauna Lani Golf Club’s South Course on the Big Island in Hawaii is spectacular too.

Which club is on your bucket list to play?

Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand

What do you enjoy the most about hosting tours?

Meeting all the new people who come on our tours, getting to know each person and seeing the friendships that develop between everyone.  I love hearing about those friendships growing outside of the tours too.  We have lots of repeat guests, and when they book on another of our tours, with a friend that they made on a previous G&T trip, that really is just so special.

What do you love the most about travelling?

I love experiencing different cultures.  I travel to see how different life is in other places, but what I’ve learnt is how similar we all are.

What do you think are the most important attributes of a Tour Host?

A Tour Hosts’ role is to create an extraordinary travel experience.  They need to be well organised, calm, fun, engaging and inclusive.

What do you do when you’re not hosting tours?

I am the Founder and Managing Director of Golf & Tours.  If I’m not hosting a tour, you’re likely to find me in the office.  I love gardening, and spend as much time as I can in our garden.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a mother, wife, aunty, sister, daughter and a seasoned traveller.  I love my family and was very lucky to have been raised in a family who valued the education that travelling can bring.  I have tried to pass that on to my daughter too, and have taken her to many places around the globe.  I love travelling like a local, and always prefer to have authentic experiences.  I’m always asking locals that I meet to tell me where they go to eat and drink.

Golf & Tours_Ainslie Saunders

Testimonials for Ainslie

… Ainslie – you are a brilliant host and communicator and I can honestly say you make G&T the success it is because of all your hard work in the preparation beforehand and the email communication leading up to. It was a very easy tour for the clients – and a holiday. Thank You. Robyn, Melbourne, VIC

…The 2022 Hawaii Golf Tour was beyond compare. Even as a relatively new golfer (and high handicapper) I had a great time golfing on some really challenging courses. I’ve never had so many laughs trying to get my ball out of a bunker or saying goodbye to my ball as it bounced off volcanic rock or sailed into the beautiful pacific ocean. Ainslie and her team provided exceptional service and clearly love Hawaii as much as I now do. Michelle, Dubbo, NSW

…Ainslie is an exceptional host. The courses we played on were challenging with water, sand and trees but still totally enjoyed them. The accommodation was 5 star, villas beautiful and clean, great dining and staff very helpful and obliging. Could not be happier with Golf & Tours and highly recommend that you go on a journey with Ainslie. Looking forward to further tours. Donna, Moree, NSW

…The Spain & Portugal golf tour was my first solo golf tour and also my first time to Europe, so to say I was nervous is a understatement, upon meeting Ainslie and Tiff, any trepidation that I felt was immediately vanished. They both are such warm, funny and intelligent women who empower other women to be the best that they can be. There is nothing that Ainslie & Tiff wouldn’t do to ensure that we had the most wonderful experience. Asides from the golf the other activities that were included in the tour were outstanding. Debbie, Lota, QLD