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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 18 While this Central Florida destination is known as The Horse Capital of the World, golf may be its second claim to fame as the area offers more than 30 courses. Cassandra Li with the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau recommends groups experience both horses and golf at once at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Designed by Ron Garl, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club boasts a riveting 18-hole championship course and incorporates eight masterfully recreated tribute holes from some of the world's finest courses including Augusta and St. Andrews. The club also offers a 10-acre short game area, two practice holes, a driving range, an equestrian center and event spaces. ■ Fashion Forward Moonlight Madness Ask players to keep each other up-to- date on their scores and other happenings on the course by posting to your event's twit- ter account. While players may be spread out across the course, they'll feel more connected by following each other's tweets. Encour- age them to share candid im- ages and funny hashtags such as #holeinonefail. ■ Book a facility that offers nighttime golf. While this adds a layer of challenge to the game, it also takes away the seriousness of the game and allows golfers to come out of their shells more. Lit courses and glow in the dark balls are a must! ■ 5 4 Tweet It Out Find Hidden Treasures For Golfing Encourage golfers to have fashion flair while on the course. Gone are the days of conservative golf attire. Tell them to dress in bright colors or similar colors for their golf team. ■ 3 Th roughout the South, you'll find some of the world's most-recognized golf courses from Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and The Ocean Course Golf Course at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Resort to Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club where The Masters tournament is played each year. However, throughout this landscape of prime golfing opportunities, yo u'll find golfing gems tucked away so your group can experience the best of golf all while getting away from it all. These lesser-known golf and meeting destinations include award-winning courses, clubs and resorts along with affordability, accessibility and venues to accommodate groups. Ocala, Florida Golden Ocala