NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 34 some memorable competitive team building activities." Whether on the course or water, inside or outside, here are a few ways groups are using competition to spice up events for the better. Golf Course Challenge Groups can use the championship course at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa to build non-traditional golf competition into their meetings and events. In reality, Claxton noted that many groups have time constraints and don't always have time for traditional golf challenges. "Realizing this, we have come up with some alternative options to still utilize the golf course in a non-traditional way," he said. "Frisbee Golf and All Sport Golf are the two more popular items that we offer that do not take a lot of time to play and that any skill level can play. We can cater these to whatever amount of allotted time the group may have." With All Sport Golf, a four-person team is given a bag of seven to eight types of balls: ► GOLF, RECREATION & RELATIONSHIPS Top-Notch Tournament Sites Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham Groups interested in finding challenging places for tournaments in Birmingham will find many enticing golf courses in and around the city. According to the Birmingham CVB, the courses in the area are known for both their "jaw-dropping beauty, while being some of the most challenging to be found anywhere." In fact, some may be recognizable as the sites of national televised competitions. For example, Shoal Creek Golf Club hosted the 73rd U.S. Women's Open Championship there earlier this year and has hosted numerous other high-profile tournaments since it was built in the 1970s. Additionally, Greystone Golf & Country Club will be the site of the five major championships on the PGA TOUR in May 2019. In addition to these and other top tier private courses, the greater Birmingham area has a number of highly rated public courses, including two trail sites and four public courses on the famed Robert Trent Jones Trail. Both the Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley courses have partnered with area Alabama breweries for RTJ Craft Beer Tournaments, which feature tastings from local breweries and three-golf scramblers. Even if groups encounter bad weather, Birmingham still has an option for golf-related competitions at Top Golf, where private event space and hitting bays can be booked for team building and entertainment functions. n Hamster Ball Races at the JW Marriott San Antonio Greater Birmingham CVB

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