Golf and fundraising events always seem to be a popular combination. But have you ever wondered what it is about golf and business that go together so well? Turns out, there are many reasons why golf and business go hand-in-hand. Let us break it down for you:
- Golf encourages team building
- It fosters day-long interaction between members and colleagues
- It provides a casual atmosphere where business discussions can happen naturally
- It establishes a connection between colleagues & gives them something in common
Considering these reasons – and many others – it likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise that golf seamlessly moves beyond the world of fundraising to the world of corporate meetings and event. It’s a natural fit.
There’s golf, and then there’s business golf.
A common misunderstanding we encounter when working with meeting planners is that they’re often under the impression that golf is an extremely time-consuming activity that can only be enjoyed by experienced players. The truth is, there’s a difference between regular golf, and business golf.
‘Business’ golf is so flexible that event planners shouldn’t dismiss the idea of including it in a meeting or event without first learning about all the possibilities for team building, camaraderie and rewarding the group with enjoyable recreation.
At KIGR, countless meeting attendees have played the traditional 18 holes of golf together during a company meeting or event. With five highly respected courses and a year-round climate conducive to golf, this is undoubtedly a primary draw for many groups that come to the Island.
Golf accommodates experienced & first-time players.
Of course, not every meeting attendee will be a seasoned golfer, and many may never have even set foot on a course before. And that is OK. We use a variety of business golf activities to successfully entertain meeting attendees – many of whom know nothing about golf when they first arrive on the Island.
Brian Gerard – Director of Golf for KIGR’s five courses and its golf school – encourages planners who have upcoming meetings at the Resort to consult with golf staff to find out how business golf activities can fit perfectly into a meeting agenda, delivering not just entertainment, but also greater camaraderie to the entire group.
“These activities resonate with attendees because they are unique. Very few resorts have the ability to do the range of things we can do,” he says. We are, after all, the #1 golf resort in South Carolina!
Golf provides a great mix of work & play.
Successful corporate events are largely about balance – making sure the work gets done, but inspiring individuals to get the job done through creativity, camaraderie, and fun. By incorporating golf into your meeting, you’ll achieve just that.
For example, attendees can pair off and participate in a miniature golf contest, with prizes for those who play the best. And after a late afternoon reception, a group can move back inside as the sun sets and have dinner in the sophisticated Atlantic Room.
By combining a low-stress golf activity with such a majestic setting, “We can keep the group together all day but bring variety to their experience,” Gerard notes. “This creates a lasting memory for golfers and non-golfers alike.”
There are endless options.
There are many ways to hold the perfect corporate golf event. Why not try gathering your group at the Resort’s golf school for a recreational event or reception?
Situated just a few steps from the Turtle Point Clubhouse – a business-ready facility that regularly hosts meeting groups – the golf school is perfect for learning clinics and fully accommodates the needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced golfers. Attendees learn the fundamentals of the full swing, plus the proper strokes for chipping and putting.
For non-golfers, a clinic is a perfect icebreaker to overcome any intimidation they may feel. Experienced golfers will be thrilled to receive personalized instruction from top-flight teaching pros and to compete against each other in skill contests.
And finally, resort staff will set up a refreshment station on the covered porch of the golf school, allowing attendees to participate in as much or as little golf as they choose! For planners, the best part of this experience is that it can be done in as few as 90 minutes.
“This is a perfect option for groups with limited time, and it satisfies everyone because they get to spend time in a beautiful outdoor setting,” says Gerard.
At KIGR, our golf staff is always on hand to help you coordinate something fun and something memorable for your entire group. So worry not, because golf and corporate meetings certainly are a match made in heaven.
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