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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 35 GOLF, RECREATION & RELATIONSHIPS Scavenger Hunts by Land and Sea Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is located at the Hill Country Galleria, an outdoor venue. "Scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to familiarize a group with the local area and are fairly secluded to keep a captive audience. We also have access to Lake Travis and offer a similar scavenger hunt with boats on water," said Wimbush. Mixology Team Building Hilton New Orleans Riverside's signature Public Belt mixology class invites creativity, fun and team building as the bartender offers step- by-step instructions on how to make blended cocktails and traditional Speakeasy-style classic drinks such as the Sazerac and Old Fashioned. Groups may also wish to mix up the traditional drinks and incorporate some of our classical fall creations. Every attendee has their own working bartender kit and our bartenders walk them through the tools of the trade and the historical value of the cocktails upon New Orleans's vibrant culture. The hands-on opportunity comes from the bartender's invitation to sample the flavors and seasonal ingredients, and inviting the group to be a bartender for the day and create their own unique cocktail that is one of a kind. Entertaining Team Building PINSTACK is an indoor entertainment venue in Plano, Texas, ideal for team building with state-of-the art bowling lanes, a two-level laser tag arena, a rock-climbing wall and high-ropes course suspended 20 feet above hundreds of the newest video games and simulator technology. PINSTACK will open its second location, in Las Colinas, next summer. RIVERSPORT Adventures In OKC Oklahoma City's Boathouse District offers a number of motivational team building options. At RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures, groups can compete in whitewater rafting, kayaking or tubing in the heart of the city. Or they can reach for the sky on a zip line, then take it to the next level on the sky trail. There are also climbing walls, high speed slide, and kayaks or Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Oklahoma River. In August – the Velosolutions Pump Track opened, with three world-class mountain bike/BMX courses. n Getting Into The Swing of Things at the Marriott Orlando World Center With an 18-hole championship golf course just a short golf cart ride away from its accommodations and meeting space, the Marriott Orlando World Center makes it easy for groups to enjoy a variety of golf experiences. During a visit in mid-June, I was among several writers who learned about the proper way to swing a golf club during a group clinic presented by golf pros from the resort's Bill Madonna Golf Academy. In addition to improving my drive, I had a chance to enjoy the beauty of Hawk's Landing Golf Club, which was designed by Robert Cupp Jr. and offers scenic vistas of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation. While the academy offers individual and group instruction, the resort also hosts a number of golf activities for groups, ranging from serious tournaments to fun team building exercises. One of the newest ways for a group to engage on the golf course is Foot Golf, one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. Using elements from both soccer and golf, this game is entertaining for people of all ages and skills. During a round of Foot Golf, team members attempt to kick the soccer ball from tee-to-green into a 21-inch hole, while making sure to avoid water hazards and sand bunkers. Hawk's Landing Golf Club features water on 15 holes making the game both challenging and fun. With more than 2,000 guest rooms and 400,000 square feet of meeting space, The Marriott Orlando World Center features 10 restaurants, a full-service spa and salon and the Falls Pool Oasis, with a 200-foot waterslide and a nightly laser light show, all within a close drive to the Walt Disney World theme parks. n Site Visit By Marcia Bradford RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures in Oklahoma City