For those planning to visit Bermuda anytime soon, I hate to burst your bubble, but the island is a notoriously expensive destination to vacation. Room rates at most hotels soar above $250 per night, restaurant entrées hover around $35 a plate and it costs $4.15 just to get inside a taxi, never mind what it costs to get driven down the road. Indeed, it’s pricey in paradise but if you like to golf, 18 holes just got a whole lot cheaper—if of course you’ve got a spare pint of blood. Launched on Monday, the Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club is offering two for one green fees if you and a friend donate blood at the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre through April 29. That’s a $155 value in case you’re wondering and certainly a few dollars saved for an incredibly worthy cause. Said Dennis Paul, General Manager of Riddell’s Bay: “[We’re] delighted to be supporting a drive to increase the number of blood donors in Bermuda. We hope everyone interested in playing golf will consider becoming a donor. Providing a free round of golf is our way of asking those with a passion for the game to give blood. And if you aren’t already a regular golfer, what better time to finally give golf a try than when you can also help save a life?” Here, here! Those interested in receiving their free round of golf should book an appointment with the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre by calling 441/236-1060 (blood donor clinics are held Tue., Wed., and Thurs., from 8:30-3pm). Who said nothing’s free in Bermuda?
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).