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GOLF & REC GUIDE Trending Golf & Rec Tips & Ideas Adding golf and other recreational activities to your meeting agendas will make events fun, but without some smart pre-planning that fun can easily turn draining and time consuming, according to Niall Fraser, director of golf at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala. "Most golf events take so long to play, five plus hours, that a lot of players leave right after." Because of this, Fraser says don't drag on activities after the game. "Bring out food onto the course, set up a carving station or BBQ, and have a chef or server with lots of personality serving sauce and chatting everyone up." And, because time is often an issue, he says, "post prize winners online and award them at a later time." At the same time (no pun intended), never make your attendees rush, says Mike Vegis of Kiawah Island (S.C) Golf Resort. "The number one faux pas when planning a golf tournament or other sport is not allowing enough time between the meeting and the activity. Having to rush out of a meeting, get dressed in your attire, grab a quick bite Don't let your attendees to eat for lunch, hit balls on the range to warm up and putt a few times to get a feel become frustrated by athletic activifor the greens can be a lengthy process. Allow plenty of time for all of these ties, warns sports psychology expert processes to ensure the attendees don't feel rushed through the experience." ■ Lisa Lane Brown, author of "The SMART PLAY Courage To Win." Rather, she suggests you encourage them to re-focus any anger and disappointment they may feel into pride in order to strive to do better in the activity that they are participating in. COLOR FUN Color Run 5K marathons started popping up across the country last year and have become a big hit. Participants wear white shirts and during their trek to the finish line, are sprayed with harmless, colorful powder. un Ralei Bring attention and energy to recreational activities with colorful banners that move with the wind such as these by Dori Pole. cebook gh via Fa Offe rs te nnis : Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center (Ga.) 27 • • • • 50 • • Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club (S.C) 18 • • • • 80 • • The King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort (Ga.) 18 • • • • 70 • • The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (Fla.) 18 • • • • 80 • • • Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park (Ga.) 18 • • • • 45 • • Saddlebrook Resort (Fla.) 36 • • • • 136+ Westin Stonebriar North Dallas (Texas) 36 • • • • 120 Golf Resort Selection Guide Use this grid to select the perfect golf resort for your group: w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m • Off incl ers wa udin ters g po port ol s s (no port t s): Offe arch rs ske ery et s or o hoo ther ting, targ et s port Offe : buil rs out ding doo r te cha llen amges : Gol a gr f carts oup ava golf ilabl eve e for nt: Dori Pole Nu golf mber o hole f tot s av al aila ble: Offe golf rs a f /rec ull-t reat ime iona ded l dir icate ecto d r: Golf mee clubh ting ouse spa w/ ce & ren food table serv ice: Offe rs g a ce rtifi olf ins ed g truc olf i tion nstr fro ucto m r: Offe rs g equ ipm olf clu ent b rent / als: Color R WAYFINDING • • • • • • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 17