NOV 2017

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 31 GOLF, RECREATION & RELATIONSHIPS want to put them with someone who is new to the game. "If a group is bringing clients in to Pine- hurst, they are probably going to book Pine- hurst No. 2, the most famous course, and rely on the pros to set up the tournament the way the group wants it. But if you're a company who wants a tournament solely focused on fun without serious competition, you may want to choose to do something at Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines." In St. Simons, Ga., Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center's Head Golf Professional Rick Irwin said not to stress about planning a tournament during your event. "Setting up a golf tournament is not difficult. The main points the planner will need to know are the date and times for play, and the number of players. Will you be looking for a shotgun start or straight tee times? Would you like to have box lunches or a reception or planned meal function afterwards?" At Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.V., "there are many factors that go into planning a golf tournament, including, but not limited to, determining the number of golfers, the start time of the event, whether you will be doing a shotgun start or straight tee times, what format for the competition, if you want the event to be competitive or social, whether or not you want to have games or skills challenges out on the course, the list goes on," said Will Clinch, group golf and activities sales manager. "But our expert staff would help guide the planner in determining what best fits the attendees of the event. It is rare but there have been a cou- ple events where a planner will incorporate another sport, like tennis, into the event for those attendees that would not be interested in participating in the golf event. The possibilities of how we can make an event memorable and the guests wanting to come back for more are endless and we take great pride in that." Down at the Mississippi Gulf Coast, "our PGA head professionals are certified, well- equipped and ready to organize your tourna- ment," said Craig Mackay, sports development manager for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. "They will book the course, set up rates and refresh- ment options, set up the scoring, stage carts, and help with any extra details along the way." When it comes to planning events, every planner wants theirs to be a success and one great option to set yours apart from the rest of the meetings and conferences is to include a tournament. "Golf provides an excellent ice-breaking opportunity for event attendees, and promotes team-building and camaraderie by engaging everyone in attendance," said Mackay. n

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