About Us

founded by golf travelers for golf travelers

About Us

founded by golf travelers for golf travelers

We share your passion for golf and travel and we know what your expectations are when you are trying to plan the perfect golf trip. To ensure the best possible experience for our clients, we focus on three key things:

  • Great Golf: As golf enthusiasts, this is the easy part. Identifying and promoting the world’s best courses is what motivates us and since we have played just about every course we send our clients to, we are able to stand behind every trip recommendation without hesitation.
  • Great Experience: This is where we turn a collection of great courses into a cohesive, well thought out itinerary and a knowledgeable, local driver can help ensure it all runs smoothly. If you request something that is not practical then we will let you know why and then suggest something that we know works better.
  • Great Price: This means two things: securing great rates so we can offer the lowest prices and then finding the best trip to fit your group’s budget.

While a golf trip is not a one size fits all proposition, we have been at this long enough to know which trips best meet the criteria above for each group of clients. Our role is to find the right itinerary for your group and then coordinate a hassle-free trip that exceeds your expectations.

Our Directors

Jonathan Alden, Managing Director

Golf has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. I have great memories from the summer after 5th grade, when my parents would drop me at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, TX every day and I would play the course for $1.75. It would be an understatement to say that I have been hooked on the game ever sense.

As a competitive golfer I have had success both at the college level, where I was a 4 -year captain of the Trinity University Golf Team, and at the amateur level, as a USGA qualifier and Austin Men’s City Champion.

Perhaps my fondest golfing memories, though, are from my golf travels. A father-son trip to Bandon Dunes while in high school ignited a fire inside of me to seek out the best of the world’s golfing destinations, and that fires burns to this day as my journey continues.

After stints in several areas of business, I left my job in the actuarial world in 2015 to chase my dreams in the golf travel industry and I hope to never look back. Those who know me best say I am finally where I am supposed to be doing what I love. I hope that the passion for what I am doing is evident in the hard work I put into treating every Cloud 9 trip as if it were my own to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Course: Tralee
  • Favorite Hole: Cruden Bay’s 14th
  • Favorite Destination: South Africa
  • Favorite City: Barcelona, Spain
  • Golf Handicap: +2
  • Low Competitive Score: 64

Nash Kassam, Chief Travel Officer

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. In 2003 I picked up a golf club for the first time to take a break from competitive hockey. Two years and about 2 million range balls later, I packed up my bags and moved to Texas to play college golf at Trinity University where I met Cloud 9’s co-founder Jonathan Alden.

After graduating from university I moved back home to Vancouver and worked in the tech space for a few years before realizing I missed golf and travel too much for it to just be a hobby. In 2015 I quit my job and started Cloud 9 Golf and Travel. My mission was simple, to spread the joy of golf and travel.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Course: Tara Iti
  • Favorite Hole: Cape Kidnappers 15th
  • Favorite Destination: Ireland
  • Favorite City: Queenstown
  • Golf Handicap: +2
  • Best Score: 64

Jonathan Alden, Managing Director

Golf has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. I have great memories from the summer after 5th grade, when my parents would drop me at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, TX every day and I would play the course for $1.75. It would be an understatement to say that I have been hooked on the game ever sense.

As a competitive golfer I have had success both at the college level, where I was a 4 -year captain of the Trinity Golf Team, and at the amateur level, as a USGA qualifier and Austin Men’s City Champion.

Perhaps my fondest golfing memories, though, are from my golf travels. A father-son trip to Bandon Dunes while in high school ignited a fire inside of me to seek out the best of the world’s golfing destinations, and that fires burns to this day as my journey continues.

After stints in several areas of business, I left my job in the actuarial world in 2015 to chase my dreams in the golf travel industry and I hope to never look back. Those who know me best say I am finally where I am supposed to be doing what I love. I hope that the passion for what I am doing is evident in the hard work I put into treating every Cloud 9 trip as if it were my own to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Course: Tralee
  • Favorite Hole: Cruden Bay’s 14th
  • Favorite Destination: South Africa
  • Favorite City: Barcelona, Spain
  • Golf Handicap: +2
  • Low Competitive Score: 64

Nash Kassam, Chief Travel Officer

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. In 2003 I picked up a golf club for the first time to take a break from competitive hockey. Two years and about 2 million range balls later, I packed up my bags and moved to Texas to play college golf at Trinity University where I met Cloud 9’s co-founder Jonathan Alden.

After graduating from university I moved back home to Vancouver and worked in the tech space for a few years before realizing I missed golf and travel too much for it to just be a hobby. In 2015 I quit my job and started Cloud 9 Golf and Travel. My mission was simple, to spread the joy of golf and travel.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Course: Tara Iti
  • Favorite Hole: Cape Kidnappers 15th
  • Favorite Destination: Ireland
  • Favorite City: Queenstown
  • Golf Handicap: +2
  • Best Score: 64

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