TEMPE, Ariz. - DUFL, the premium travel service that's changing the rules of business travel, announced that the company will team up with Golf Digest Online (GDO) Japan, an organization that offers services to more than three million golfers, to offer exclusive travel services for golfers beginning in May 2017. The move represents a major global expansion for DUFL, which will operate DUFL Golf in Japan with secure local storage facilities.
DUFL has grown rapidly worldwide as frequent travelers sign up for the business travel service, which eliminates the time spent laundering business clothes, packing bags and lugging suitcases through airports; DUFL handles those chores instead. DUFL Golf offers a similar service for golfers, providing users with secure storage for their clubs and delivery to their specified golf course. DUFL Golf stores and manages users' golf bags, enabling users to indicate their golf course destination and dates via the DUFL app so DUFL can deliver their clubs and pick them up again when they are finished playing.
"DUFL Golf relieves golfers of the burden of storing and transporting clubs, and we're thrilled to offer this innovative service in the Japanese market through our partnership with DUFL," said Nobuya Ishizaka, President and CEO of Golf Digest Online. "DUFL Golf with GDO allows golfers to leave golf bag management to DUFL, which means they don't have to check carry or store their clubs — they can simply use the DUFL app to have their golf bag picked up and delivered, just like a pro."
"GDO serves more than three million golfers in Japan, providing an array of services and amenities, including golfing news, online tee time reservations and an ecommerce shop where golfers can get the best equipment," said Shinji Tsukamoto, cofounder and President, DUFL International. "We're excited about working with GDO to offer golfers a hassle-free way to travel with their equipment and store their golf bags. DUFL looks forward to serving the Japanese market and working with GDO on innovations to make life easier for golfers."
DUFL Golf's Japan operation will launch in May 2017.