Meet the team

Welmar O’Reilly – Director

Welmar is a sport fanatic who loves the game of golf. He purchased the domain name “Golf in South” and developed the website to one of the biggest Travel & Golf Tour Operators in South Africa. To combine Golf & Safari Tours was a dream come true! With over 300 golf tour enquiries per month and still growing daily, more and more people make use of the opportunity to visit and explore South Africa, our incredible and diverse country. “We are blessed with fantastic people around us. They all share my passion for the sport and this beautiful country. Everybody involved helps to make my dream come true.” An unforgettable story.

Petro Coetzee – Marketing Manager

Petro completed her studies in Travel and Tourism in 2003 and has been working in the industry ever since. She has been arranging golf tours for the past 6 years and her attention to detail ensures that you will get the best service possible. Having personally visited many of the golf courses and hotels herself has broadened her knowledge to offer you the best advice and where to play, when to visit and where to get the best deals! “When I am not working with golf, I am still involved with it somehow. My husband plays every opportunity he gets and my 2 daughters are also getting into the game now.”

Natalie Cloete – Marketing Specialist

Natalie completed her Travel and Tourism Diploma in 1998 and jumped right into travel herself. She lived in the UAE for 5 years and has gained valuable experience in dealing with different people and cultures. She has also visited Bangkok and Mauritius, 2 golfing meccas, as well as the Maldives and Namibia. “I love working in the golf industry and arranging extraordinary trips for my clients. My favourite part is getting an email after a tour and hearing that they had an amazing trip, that the arrangements were flawless and that they also think South Africa is an incredible country.”

Janet Benn – Marketing Specialist

Janet was lucky enough to start her travel adventure in 1998. She has experience in both leisure as well as corporate travel so you can be sure of the best service on both sides of the spectrum. She has traveled extensively herself so she knows how to make sure you enjoy every aspect of your tour. Her travels took her to many places in Europe, Mauritius, Egypt and Victoria Falls. “Travel is personal to me and my ideal is to assist you with an unforgettable experience.” She is a SA Accredited Specialist, completing her diplomas in both Essentials and SA Experiences which makes her an authority on South Africa and its attractions.

Hugh Baiocchi 2Hugh Baiocchi – USA Ambassador

Hugh John Baiocchi (born 17 August 1946) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than 20 professional tournaments around the world.
Baiocchi was born in Johannesburg. He turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour’s first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1973/74 and 1978/79.
As a senior (over 50) golfer, Baiocchi played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where he has three wins. Married to wife Joan and with two children (Lauren and Justin), he lives in Palm Springs, California. His daughter, Lauren, is married to well-known retired baseball player Johnny Bench.
He also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.