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Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 8:08 PM
Subject: Thank you
Sorry for having taken so long to thank you for a super golf experience
in Costa Rica. Everything was planned and executed with
amazing professionalism. We did, however, have one slight
little inconvenience with the golfing days, in it was
related to our scores. Such great golf courses deserve much
Just kidding. Thanks again for your personal attention and hope to meet
you in the short future.
Regards to your wife.
Tom Conlin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 3:26 PM
To: Landy Blank Costa
Subject: RE: Update
Kath and I arrived back in the US last night after a terrific trip to
Costa Rica. Everything went well, and everyone was expecting
us just right. Drivers were very pleasant, though only a
couple spoke much English. It was very nice not to have to
The Springs was amazing. What a gorgeous facility. Everywhere we went the
staff were friendly and helpful.
Enjoyed the golf, too. Only a few sprinkles of rain, and that was at
Cariari, and presented no problems--did not last even 2
holes. Pretty darn hot to play golf in Guanacaste, but the
golf courses were very nice and we could find breezes as
needed. Tamarindo was also fun, as was the catamaran sailing
adventure. And the Four Seasons golf course was beyond
beautiful. Very nice golf course. They had just punched the
greens, and they were letting them grow, so they were slow.
But what views!
I wanted to say thank you for all your arrangements. Also thank you for
your gift bag with all the goodies from Costa Rica Golf
Adventures. We were grateful for all of it. The trip was a
very nice way to celebrate our 30 years together. I am sure
we will return to Costa Rica sometime soon.
Best regards, and Pura Vida.
Tom and Kathe.
Thomas J. Conlin
Minneapolis, MN 55426
From: Alonzo Strange,
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:52 AM
To: Landy Blank
Subject: Re: Costa Rica Vacation
Sorry for the delayed response. Rollercoaster of family deaths and
illness on both sides have taken a lot of time away from us.
First, I want to thank you for both of us for all that you and Susan did
to make our five weeks visit to Costa Rica enjoyable, safe
and filled with memories. You and your organization are
I have already referred you to several people who will, hopefully, say
they heard about you from us.
The Rio Tropicales whitewater rafting trip down the Pacuare River was a
definite highlight of our vacation. Travel to/from the
river, was safe and adventurous. Descending a mountain road
in the rain by tractor driven wagon was quite an experience.
Our guides were informative, welcoming, helpful, calming and
good cooks. Beside the fact that they trained us and guided
us safely down class1-4 rapids of one of the top five rated
white water rafting rivers in the world. it was an exciting,
wild, fun filled, awesome views of the rain forest trip down
Our only suggestion is to ensure that one brings a dry towel for use at
the nature center at the end of the trip. Food at the nature
center was splendid, Also, our overnight stay at the nature
lodge was very comfortable and somewhat revealing of what
life may be like for the aboriginal people living in the
We highly recommend this rafting trip and the Rio Tropicales
organization. Another note, our valuable were well secured
and kept dry by the guides.
You have our permission to use the above comments in your business
Alonzo and Janice
From: Margaret Kinney
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:32 PM
To: 'Susan C. Blank'
Subject: Thank you
Landy, this is a very belated thank you for the wonderful trip you
organized for us in Coast Rica. Both hotels were great. We
enjoyed the fact that they were not Americanized. The
drivers were great. The meal suggestion were perfect. (We
celebrated our anniversary two times – both places you
suggested). I know you mentioned that the chocolate tour was
a new one for you. I think anyone would love that and the
lunch there was fantastic. From the time we met you at the
hotel for drinks till we departed it was all awesome. We
have some great pictures and memories.
We can’t say enough good about you. We did pass on your info to a few
other people. If anyone ever wants a recommendation don’t
hesitate to let them get in touch with us.
Margaret and Ed Kinney, Indian Trail, NC
Fred Gumbinner [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:09 PM
To: Landy Blank;
Cc: 'Susan Blank'
Subject: Re: visit
Costa Rica Golf Adventures was over the top Fantastic in helping us plan
our Golf Trip AND Vacation to Costa Rica.
Landy Blank and his wife, Susan, researched, set up and coordinated
almost everything for us. Plus, they saved us money! They
arranged transportation, T Times, hotels, excursions, etc.
And they used their discounts at several of the golf courses
and hotels to pass on savings to us.
They were extremely responsive and communicative. We always knew what was
happening and what to expect. They saved us from various
pitfalls that travelers to unknown countries may fall prey
(like the mandatory insurance cost on a rental cost being
more than the rental cost of the car!).
They acted much more like friends trying to arrange the best experience
for us - as opposed to an impersonal broker or an agent.
They spent a lot of time tailoring our activities and
coordinating our schedule to our unique travel desires -
even arranging mid-trip changes to our itinerary. On top of
all that, they provided above and beyond personal service
for us - dining with us, transporting us, providing us a
goodie bag, and most significantly taking care of my
significant other who had a sudden medical issue, etc. etc.
AAAAAA++++++++++ Best golf or
travel agent experience I have had in my life!
Not only would I recommend them to anyone, I would say that if you are
interested in having any component of your trip to Costa
Rica involve golf, you would be crazy not to contact Landy.
In fact, as Landy handles other excursions in Costa Rica, so
I would contact him for any travel I was doing in Costa
Fred Gumbinner & Annie Ballantine (Also, free to edit and use as a
(I submitted this to Trip Advisor and quite frankly did a
review of Tee Times Costa Rica – obviously a very Negative
review based on our experience with them.)
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2014 11:14 AM
I've now been back in the states for about a week and I thought I'd reach
out and thank you for everything you did to help make our
time away enjoyable.
We enjoyed both the courses you arranged for us to play. Also, thanks for
the recommendation to play Conchal twice - it was beautiful.
I will say, we enjoyed the greens more so at Pinilla, as
they were a little more challenging, but no regrets. The
transportation you arranged was also great - Paul, Danielle,
and the gang from XPlore were very accommodating. Each day
they were prompt and we never had a concern.
At the end of the day, I don't think it could have gone any smoother. We
considered picking up a fourth round while there, but opted
for a day at the beach.
We will definitely be back and will call on you. Thank you again - from
the recommendations, to booking the tee times, to arranging
the transportation. We sincerely appreciate it!
Pura Vida, Justin
Donna Bohy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:35 AM
To: 'Landy Blank'
Subject: RE: Diria modification
Good Morning Landy:
Want to thank you for all your help in making our vacation wonderful. We
loved Diria Tamarindo….it was perfect!! Great location and
the recommendation to stay on the beach side was perfect.
Owenoak Travel Services
"Landy - this has
been the most fantastic week! The catamaran your and crew
were awesome, the golf course here is fabulous and I've been
making friends with the macaw and the toucan! I have
fabulous photos!! Fireworks twice this week at the resort.
Lovely day at Manuel Antonio and stopped at Le Avian ;)
But the ATV tour wins!! Freaking fantastic!! We were tired, filthy and
happy when we got back from that!!
Planning a 8:30 am departure to head to Cariari CC in the morning. We
found out about no street signs trying to get out of San
Jose last week - so we have a buffer for tomorrow!!!
Looking forward to seeing you!" Angel and Robert
Just got home and recovering from a bruising last couple of days
travelling across New York and the Atlantic. Wanted to
say how much we enjoyed Costa Rica and how outstandingly
good your arrangements for us turned out. Everything went
like clockwork and you got the balance of golf and
sightseeing just right.
If we had to do the trip again, I guess we’d substitute 2 days at La
Conchal for 2 days at either the Marriott at their course or
even better 2 extra days at the 4 Seasons which we thought
was an outstanding hotel and superb course.
We may wish to add a week at the 4 Seasons after/if we spend a couple of
months at Black Diamond in October/November 2015 – would you
be happy to quote us for that ? In the meantime, we send you
our heartfelt thanks and best wishes.
Pura vida, John and Jane
To: "Landy Blank"
Sent: 19 de Mayo 2012 18:38:14
Thanks for all of your input. We have enjoyed a Wonderful 10 days in
Costa Rica. We did one day activity and every other day
Chill. Our condo is Amazing - single unit, 3 bedrooms,
private infinity pool with view of Marina. We did not do
Manuel Antonio NP because my husband cannot hike very far.
We did rent a golf cart from Cato Gordo - best! Our
activities in order from Best to least - ATV 4 hours to
waterfall (JaguaRiders), Zip line (Chicklets!), White Water
Rafting (Los Tocanos in Quepos) what a deal, massage, deep
sea fishing (no fish), monkey boat tour. Alto Mercado great
I understand why you are living here.....beautiful country,
Florence - Sent from my Kindle Fire
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 6:38 PM
Subject: Great trip-many thanks
Virginia and I are back home after a delightful time in Costa Rica.
Virginia was completely satisfied with the Wayra Institute
and is thinking of additional studies there.
Golf was a great deal of fun for me, although some of the forced carries
cost me lost balls. The Diria was a perfect fit for our
needs. The airport transfers were flawless.
Many thanks for your work and guidance.
Bruce and Virginia Blankenship, Pura Vida
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:53 PM
Subject: Karen in MS
Landy, I just wanted to drop you a
note to thank you for all your assistance in arranging our
adventures in CR. Everything went off without a hitch. We
had a great time and we will definitely give you great
Thanks again, Karen Deavenport
Sheila Deutsch [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:09 AM
Good morning once
again Landy. Thanks for taking so much time out of your day
to speak with me. I do appreciate your advice and your kind
FYI, We arrive in San Jose (or thereabouts) on April 25th . Our flight is
scheduled to leave SJO airport at 1:00 on the 26th. We will
require 2 rooms for 5 adults for the one night.
We will confirm the coffee plantation tour as we approach the date of
arrival. I will be sure to give you ample time to make the
necessary arrangements. Thank you for that too!
TOP OFF A FABULOUS VACATION!
My only regret is that I did not find YOU sooner! You have been an
amazing help. I am truly grateful.
Thank you so much, Sheila
Salvatore Giufre [mailto:XXXXX@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 7:56 AM
To: Landy Blank
Mailing address is XXXXXX, FL 34761. Thanks for getting the refund
And the trip was amazing. Really appreciate all the planning and work you
put into it. Couldn't have turned out any better.
Thanks again, Sam
Becky and Bobby Rice
Sent: Dec. 9, 2011 1:22 PM
To: Landy Blank
I want to first thank you for arranging a fabulous vacation.
We both enjoyed it very much. We will be back.
Things we loved:
- The people. They are
warm and friendly. We felt very safe and welcome.
- Of course, the whole
country is beautiful. It was nice to see the varying
contrasts on our journey. San Jose was good. What we
liked most was the Cariari Country Club course.
- Montana del Fuego was
very nice and relaxing. The rooms and grounds were
beautiful. The tour guide on the hanging bridges tour
was exceptional. We felt like we saw a glimpse of real
life in Costa Rica.
- The Westin Resort is
fabulous. The food was great and all the employees
working inside the resort itself were wonderful. A
little more casual than we expected and hotter also.
That worked well because Bob doesn't really like to get
- The Blue Dolphin
excursion was perfect. The guys on the boat were great.
Becky and Bobby Rice, Houston, Texas
Matt Goldenberg [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 4:56 PM
To: Landy Blank
Subject: Final Itinerary
I cannot begin to thank you enough for planning such a wonderful trip for
Lauren and Me. Even the weather was perfect! Every detail,
every hotel, every transfer and activity was perfect and we
could not have asked for more. I really appreciate all the
time and effort you put into planning a great trip for us.
Saying the trip exceeded our expectations would be an
was somewhat skeptical of putting our trip (and safety) in
the hands of someone I had only spoken to on the phone;
literally, I could not have planned a better vacation for
myself if I tried and even in retrospect we would not have
changed anything about the trip. Well... maybe somehow tried
to stay for longer....
Thank you again. If you ever head out this way you have two friends in
Dan Raab [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:39 PM
To: 'Landy Blank'
Subject: Our April 2011 Costa Rica Vacation
Karen & I wanted to thank you for the fantastic work you did in setting
up our recent Costa Rica vacation. We had a wonderful week
of relaxation at the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort. From
the time we arrived at the Liberian airport to departure, we
and our group were treated first class. At our special
request through you, our suite was in a quite location
overlooking a lake and the golf course. The
transfer/transportation group (Denise and her company Xplore
Tours) and our guides Eugene, Alex and Paul were extremely
helpful and went out of their way to accommodate any of our
request, even at the last minute. They were all also very
knowledgeable regarding Costa Rica’s history and geography
adding in a lot of “local” color and flavor. Your
recommendations of activities such as the Sunset Cruise and
tour of the Palo Verde National Park complemented our days
off from some fantastic golf. Also, we really appreciated
having all your in country contact info and prompt
availability when needed, reinsurance if something
unexpected would happen (which of course did not).
A job well done! We would highly recommend your services to others.
Thanks for possibly the most relaxing vacation of our life’s
Karen & Dan Raab, Truckee, CA
Monday, April 4, 2011 3:12 AM
Subject: George and I had a great time in Costa Rica
Hi Landy -
George and I had a great time in Costa Rica. Of course, my hole in one
was an added bonus!!!! Carlos Rojas took a few pictures of me and said he was going to put it in
the Reserva Conchal Facebook page. I did a search on facebook, but cannot find the page. Do you happen to know
what it is? Can you e-mail me the link. We have a facebook
page that is under George Craig.
Thanks for setting everything up for our trip. It was fun golfing with
you, I imagine you would have probably been under par had
you had your own clubs!!!!
Once again, Thanks for everything......Donna
Added note to Donna's
referrer copied to us: Thanks for recommending
Landy to help us plan our Costa Rica golf vacation. He even
played golf with us the first day we were there. We had a
great time in Costa Rica. We ended up playing 11 rounds in
one week. 7 at Reserva Conchal, 2 at Hacienda Pinilla and 2
at the Four Seasons. We stayed at the Four Seasons the last
night we were there and the rest of the time at the Reserva
Playa Conchal resort. The room we were supposed to have was
over booked, so we were upgraded to the presidential
The courses were great. Maybe next time we will go during the rainy
season. I'm curious how the courses would be with thick
jungle instead of the drier jungle that we experienced. We
did hear some weird sounds coming from the trees, especially
at the Four Seasons course, what ever was making one of the
sounds, we did not want to run into.
We liked the Four Seasons course the best, but the greens were better at
Reserva Conchal. Landy made all of our arrangements as far
as booking tee times, hotel and transportation. He arranged
for us to stop at Tamarindo beach where we watched the
sunset and had dinner on the beach. This was after we played
two rounds at Hacienda Pinilla. The weather was great, being
from Arizona, we are used to the warm weather, it was in the
90's and the humidity was only around 40-50, so it was
Of course....getting the hole in one just added to the great vacation.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:31 AM
Subject: Our trip
Hi Landy and Carla!
Thank you both for all your help, we loved all of the parts of our trip.
We felt very comfortable knowing that Landy was an email or
call away. Landy, you have established quite a nice
reputation around Guanacaste, and I'm guessing Susan
deserves a lot of the credit. The sunset cruise was a great
addition and our crew was especially nice, they bent over
backward to make sure that we had everything that we needed.
Denise must run a very good operation as our transfers/guides, Eugene,
William and Alex, were all timely, protective and very
pleasant. Alex was very cheery after a very long day taking
us back to the Paradisus. Please pass our thanks on to
Denise if you would.
The Four Seasons turned out to be spectacular and we played
well, but Chandler and I were very happy that we were
staying at the Paradisus, much more manageable size with
lots of variety. We loved the evening shows, with a little
nightcap or two. The (sort of) Royal "Service" needs a
little help but I'm guessing that the Westin will change all
of that. We loved our villa close to the ocean but I have a
feeling that if you are part of the Royal Service you should
probably stay in one of the 2 towers within the Royal
And BTW: The gift bags were great and I still have some of
the golf balls that you surprised us with, but Chandler is
still wondering about those damn purple trees.
Muchas Gracias, George and Chandler
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:12 AM
Subject: We are back home.
We just arrived back home. We had a great time in CR and I would like to
thank you for getting everything arranged. We met up with
Mike and Johanna the last night and had a blast.. (together
with a little bit to much wine...hahaha)
We will sleep now and give you an update on Luna Lodge soon.
Vriendelijke groet, Kind regards, Peter Jan Kwakernaak
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 3:50 PM
Subject: GREAT TIME
Landy and Susan, Thanks
to your personal attention we had a great time in San Jose.
Everything worked as well or better than I could have
imagined when I was trying to put our trip together. We
loved Manuel Antonio and being with friends in a casual
atmosphere. I bogie boarded every day in fun surf
conditions. At first the temp difference was a shock but we
adapted and had a couple of great rainforest experiences and
loved the beach every day. If I can help you in any way let
me know. I will introduce your web site to a couple of club
pros I know.
Pura Vida , John & Mary
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 8:40 AM
Subject: Trip to Costa Rica
A belated "Thank You" for a wonderful week at Paradisus
Playa Conchal Resort in Costa Rica that you helped us with
thru Nancy Carey and Pat Darcey with our group. It was truly
a trip to paradise - incredible!!
2011 - Two letters from happy members of a large group from
Finland and Estonia, "Happy Hour was very much appreciated
(about 50 bottles of wine worth).....Golf courses were just
Hi Landy, Thank you
once again for everything you went through for us. It was
very much appreciated among the group. We really enjoyed the
stay in CR.
You asked me to give you some feedback about our stay; I do not think
that we have anything to complain about all the arrangement.
Everything was fine and very well organized and punctual. We
felt very welcome from the very beginning. Happy Hour was
very much appreciated (about 50 bottles of wine worth) and
the second floor almost only for us was nice. Golf courses
were just beautiful and hotel were nice. Not the most modern
but absolutely served their purpose well in every respect.
All in all everything was much better than expected. We probably were
waiting for “maniana” attitude but that was not what we got.
I have included Antero Paalanen to this e-mail). He was supposed to be
our group leader but just one day before the trip he hurt
his leg. Doctor was not advising long flight with injured
leg and that’s why he stayed at home. He is the one that
organizes these kind of golf tours almost as a profession
and I am sure that after hearing our experience of CR he
wants to organize another trip to your beautiful country.
Therefore it’s most evidently useful that you both know of
each other addresses.
It was nice to learn to know you and thank you for everything. We are
looking forward to have you here in Finland some day.
Antti , Antero Virtanen (Antti)
Näsilinnankatu 11 B 28
33210 Tampere, Finland
358 400 xxxxxx
Hi Landy, Thank you for the
program and for all additional help. Everyone is back at the
office. We enjoyed golf in Costa Rica very much.
Particularly courses at Four Seasons and Conchal. We live in
the small world. So you never know when we may meet again.
2011 - "So, thank you so much for making our trip to Costa
Rica such a wonderful experience! We loved everything and
can't wait to come back again!"
I just wanted
to tell you what an absolutely fabulous job you did setting
up our trip through Costa Rica! The Springs Resort is
exceptional. Not only beautiful but everyone there was
wonderful to deal with. And special thanks for the spa
credit! We had a wonderful couples massage which was really
great to have after having spent the day on the "duckie"
river adventure! We also did the suspension bridge tour
while we were there. Coming from Park City, we really didn't
think the food prices were bad. They have an excellent chef!
The dinner menu's were fabulous.
Tamarindo was also great! We loved being right on the beach and having an
ocean view! It was great to be able to walk around the town.
There were many good restaurants and great little shops. We
did a zip line there along with our scuba dive up in
I especially appreciated how thoroughly you set up the GPS for us. I
don't think we would have made it without it! Especially
going to Marks course and then to the hotel in San Jose. It
was a life saver!
So, thank you so much for making our trip to Costa Rica such a wonderful
experience! We loved everything and can't wait to come back
again! Sue O'Nan
Jan. 2011 - "It was
a great trip and we certainly enjoyed Costa Rica."
Landy, I know my wife e-mailed you to thank you for the great trip
and now that I have plowed through all the stuff that didn’t
take care of itself, I have the time to thank you also. It
was a great trip and we certainly enjoyed Costa Rica.
Without the GPS, driving could have been a nightmare. The
hotels were great; especially the Springs Resort and we
enjoyed everything at the Dira in Tamarindo. The negative
comments about Tamarindo were made by whinny pussies. We
came to Costa Rica without any expectations and wanted to
experience the culture. We certainly did; stopping at road
side restaurants, bars and using both hotel and local eating
establishments. 99% of everyone we came in contact with was
helpful. The food and liquid refreshments were always good
and we didn’t experience any problems. I expect to come back
for a visit in the near future. Again, thank you for all
your help and advise, Chuck
Chuck O’Nan C.G.C.S., Superintendent of Promontory Golf
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Golf Odyssey
I know that our
subscribers have been quite pleased with Landy's personal
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Golf Odyssey, March, 2010
were lovely and we had a great time."
Thanks very much for organizing our ideal vacation, it was perfect! The
accommodations were lovely and we had a great time. We
appreciated the suggestion of staying in several different
locations so we could get a true feel of Costa Rica! I would
highly recommend your company and know you will be the first
choice when we travel again!
Tricia, John & Lucas Kittinger
"...no one that
knows golf in Costa Rica as well as you."
I have enjoyed our golf outings with you in Costa Rica and my friends who
have used your services have always been very pleased. There
is no one that knows golf in Costa Rica as well as you.
After seeing you in action for many years it is easy to
understand why you have been so successful and your clients
have been so happy. It is also nice to do business with a
All the Best,
Ron Garl, President
Ron Garl Golf Design, Lakeland, FL
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Returned home March 24th, 2010, to the northern Canadian winter after an
awesome 2 weeks at Playa Conchal Resort in Guanacaste, Costa
I booked the resort through Landy Blank, who also arranged for a couple
of rounds of golf at Hacienda Pinilla. I am fairly certain
Landy did a little introductory work on my behalf at the
Reserva Conchal Golf Club as I have never had better
treatment at any golf course than what I experienced at
Reserva Conchal this trip. The Director of Golf Carlos Rojas
and his guys really know how to make a person feel welcome.
All booking arrangements through Landy went without a hitch and the trip
went smoothly, with a great room at the Playa Conchal, a
great welcome at the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, and an
unforgettable experience at the Reserva Conchal Golf Club. I
will most definitely contact Landy for future trips to Costa
Thanks Landy. It was really a pleasure. Perhaps next time
we'll have a round of golf y una cerveza.
Tim Farrell, Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada
"The hotels, the
activities and the golf were all first-rate..."
Landy Blank made our recent visit to Costa Rica one of the best travel
adventures I've ever had the privilege of experiencing, and
I've hit the road on similar junkets about 70 times in the
last ten or twelve years. The hotels, the activities and the
golf were all first-rate, and I would highly recommend his
company for anyone planning a trip--golf, adventure, or
both, to gorgeous Costa Rica.
"You'll go home
The most enjoyable way to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer
golfers is to let Landy Blank's team at Costa Rica Golf
Adventures handle your trip. Landy and his friendly staff
will take care of you as if you've been friends forever.
You'll go home raving about one of the most memorable golf
trips you've ever experienced!
Ann Liquori, Golf Correspondent, WFAN-NY 660am
Author, A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the
"all your planning
on our behalf made for a wonderful trip."
Hi Landy, As I had suspected ahead of time, all your planning on our
behalf made for a wonderful trip. It was obvious that you
had paved the way for our golf experience. We are a group
that is lucky enough to play great golf courses all over the
world, and The Iguana was a great track. The staff treated
us like we were "somebody", and I am sure that was because
of you. Your driver Orlando was great. What a nice man.
Frank and all the guys.
Frank Polizzi.....Plymouth Meeting, PA, February 2010
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visitors get the most bang for their bucks..."
"I've known Landy for 12 years and have found that he really knows Costa
Rica, especially the golf scene, and can help visitors get
the most bang for their bucks on their vacations."
James McAfee, Director of Tournaments
The Golf Connection Weatherford, TX
"We had the time of
Well, we hit the jackpot in Costa Rica. What a scenically spectacular
country. Not only is it breathtakingly picturesque but the
people are refreshingly friendly and easy to be with. The
golf courses are wonderful and the food is great. It sounds
like I could gone on and on about Costa Rica and I could. We
absolutely loved it. Landy Blank and his wonderful wife
Susan arranged every detail of the trip...rental cars to tee
times. We had the time of our life.
And that's the truth.
Beth Johnson Frisco, TX
"Everything we were
told to expect was as described.."
Everyone was very friendly and always ready and available to assist us in
any way. At the hotels, the staff at the pro shops and
throughout the hotel were all very nice and responded
immediately to the mention of your name. We were very
impressed that there were no exaggerations or
misrepresentations. Everything we were told to expect was as
described and a few things exceeded our expectations.
Harry & Joanne Ric & Robin Phoenix
Golf In The Wild
While You're There: Tour Player - Call Costa
Rica Golf Adventures and talk to tour operator Landy Blank,
another transplanted Yank (golfcr.com ; 888-536-8510). The
company books everything from soup to nuts. Prices in Costa
Rica are reasonable compared to many exchange-rate
impervious resort destinations (ice-cold happy-hour beers
for a buck are always a good thing), and Blank's connections
will get you where you want to go.
By Turk Pipkin
Golf Magazine, January 2004
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It was a year ago this coming week that we began our trip. We are about
to enter our 9th year of marriage and besides our honeymoon
(which shouldn't count) that was the best time ever.
Joe & Terry Berga, Long Island
Joining us at Cariari was Landy Blank, who moved to Costa Rica two years
ago to form his Costa Rica Golf Adventures company. He has
several golf and sightseeing packages, and because he lives
there, he knows the ins and outs of the country.
By Charles Clines, July 1998
A very tardy Thank You for planning such a wonderful vacation and for
meeting us at the airport and "briefing" us. Of all the
sights, Paul and I agree the volcano was probably the most
grand. To be sitting in the hot springs as we watched the
lava flow down Arenal --- THAT was other-worldly.
The Ticos are refreshingly open and friendly. Thank you and forward my
thanks to Landy and Susan. I have given your Web site
address to several friends and will continue to recommend
Hasta la Vista!
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by Matt McKay
Some gringos - and the number is growing daily - have grown so attached
to the country they have simply pulled up roots and
relocated. Blank is one of those gringos who got in close to
the ground floor. A native Pennsylvanian and former
defensive back at North Carolina in the 1960's, Blank and
his wife Susan fell in love with the country during their
visits there in the early 1990's. With his contacts in the
golf industry, the incredible landscapes, the
gringo-friendly environment, the existing courses, and the
knowledge that several large companies had already planned
golf destinations for the country led him to believe there
was a market that needed promotion. And he and his wife were
just the team to get it done. Blank's company (www.golfcr.com,
877-536-8510) is sort of a one-stop shop for golf tourists
considering a junket to Costa Rica. He won't personally be
with you every step of the way as he was while serving as my
host, but he or a member of his staff is a phone call away.
And, because I was able to spend quality time with Blank
while he served as my national golf tour guide, I saw with
my own eyes that he has the knowledge, power and connections
to fulfill nearly any travel request and to clear away any
Costa Rica - A Land
Discovered Waiting To Be Revealed
With the popularity of golf emerging in Costa Rica, there are bound to be
a growing number so-called "experts." Costa Rica is a small
country but one in which you can easily be misguided unless
dealing with someone who knows the people, the best way to
plan your experience and their way around the roads. Forget
the Yahoo maps! The track record in this department goes to
Costa Rica Golf Vacations. "Not only do you get our eight
years of experience but you actually save money using our
services," says owner Landy Blank. "Most of all, one
shouldn't discount that we're a local phone call away for
By Robert Kaufman January, 2004 issue of Houston Golf
Costa Rica, where
golf takes its place amid nature's splendor
"People in the golf business don't want to hear this," says Landy Blank,
an American expatriate who makes his living here selling
golf equipment and arranging golf tours, "but I want people
to come here, enjoy what Costa Rica has to offer, and play a
little golf." You don't have to worry about being hustled
all the time," Blank says of Costa Rican hospitality. "You
don't have to put up with that. It's not part of the culture
By Dave Seanor, Senior Editor Golf Week
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Costa Rica Golf
Alan B. Nichols, Golf Travel Reviews
Costa Rica's golf industry is still in its formative stages, making it
comparable to that of Puerto Rico 50 years ago. That is not
to say golf in Costa Rica is not outstanding. There are only
six 18-hole golf courses in the entire country and all of
them meet world class standards for quality of routing,
maintenance and turf conditions, according to Landy Blank,
founder of Costa Rica Golf Adventures Travel, the leading
golf tour operator and golf equipment distributor in the
country. Attractive packages which include lower course fees
are available through Costa Rica Golf Adventures
News...By Parker Smith
There are few better courses than the year-old Robert Trent Jones
Jr.-designed Garra de León Campo de Golf at the Paradisus
Playa Conchal Golf Beach & Golf Resort on the Pacific side
of the country.
If one likes to walk, the George Fazio-designed Cariari
Country Club in San José has caddies. The ones we had read
the greens to near perfection. Joining us at Cariari was
Landy Blank, who moved to Costa Rica two years ago to form
his Costa Rica Golf Adventures company. He has several golf
and sightseeing packages, and because he lives there, he
knows the ins and outs of the country.
Score Fall issue "98 Costa Rica"
Sept.-98 Travel:By Hal Quinn
In Pursuit of Pura Vida
The unspoiled beauty of Costa Rica extends beyond the rain forests and
volcanoes to the virtual nonexistence of addresses.
Directions often sound something like, "The restaurant is
three hundred meters south of the church that burned down
five years ago." How to proceed? You can work with your
hotel's concierge or call ahead. A better bet: Enlist a tour
operator, such as Costa Rica Golf Adventures. CRGA will
arrange all accommodations, golf itineraries and activities.
Contact CRGA at 888-536-8510, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costa Rica: Golf on the Wild Side
By Dale Leatherman, Links Magazine, Nov. 2002
"There are dozens of great locations for a golf vacation but few
galleries can match ours,” says Blank, who has seen a
ten-fold increase in the number of golf and adventure trips
his company arranges. “It's a bit like playing golf in the
zoo, with howler monkeys, sloths and other creatures
watching you from the jungle. The courses are world-class,
you are surrounded by natural beauty, and the non-golf
activities are as good as any in the world. When you mix in
the warmth and hospitality of the Costa Rican people, you
have the ingredients for a extraordinary golf experience."
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