Garmany Golf creates golf experiences – and more – around the world

On a crisp, sunny day in May, 2009, Bud Garmany stood on the first tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The North Sea crashed to his right; the 18th hole and Valley of Sin was to his left; and behind him stood the iconic Royal & Ancient Golf Clubhouse, which has watched over golfers – from Old Tom Morris to Tiger Woods – since 1854.

Like every golfer before him, Garmany remembers his emotions of that moment.

“I knew at that point, that whatever I was going to do the rest of my life, it was going to have something to do with golf,’’ said Garmany, who the previous year had sold his piece of a Northern California solar energy business to his two partners and was looking for new opportunities.

Bud Garmany (Garmany Golf)

When Garmany returned to the U.S., he sought out the advice of a friend and former PGA Tour player about what to do in the golf industry.

“By the time we got to the 10th beer, he said, ‘What about golf travel?’’’

I said, ‘Do you get paid for that?’’’

Turns out, you do. Thus Garmany Golf was born in October 2009 in Westlake Village, Calif., not far from Garmany’s home course – Sherwood Country Club.


Over the past eight-plus years, Garmany Golf has taken its founders’ experience that day on the Old Course and re-created it around the world – literally – from far-flung destinations such as New Zealand and South Africa to domestic bucket list destinations such as Pebble Beach, Kiawah Island and Sea Island.

“We have had a lot of guests who have said that they want to go this place or that place,’’ Garmany said. “So we’ve added different destinations and experiences. A lot of it is non-golf stuff. We love the culinary and cultural experiences of our destinations, too.’’

Those cultural and culinary (as well as historical) experiences, help attract a spouse who might not be interested in playing golf. Garmany said one-third of spouses who traveled with Garmany Golf in 2018 were non-golfers.

“We know that if a spouse has a great time, they are going to go again,’’ Garmany said. “It’s really not about the golf, but the overall experience.
“People’s bucket lists are getting bigger and bigger. The ethos in society, I think, is changing from accumulating things to accumulating experiences. People realize you can’t take it with you and want to have a lifetime filled with incredible memories.’’

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