Darcy Bodiker, Catering Manager at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., posed this question to the group:
Most of our members are retired and over the age of 60. I’m trying to come up with some great events/entertainment for next season and wanted to know: What were your most favorable events recently?
“We ran a ‘Cart-Rally’ last year, which was like a scavenger hunt with 4 people to a cart on the course. It incorporated the social (non-golfing) members along with the golfing members.” —Lisa Wolter, Member Services, Minocqua (Wis.) CC
“We are offering a Frank Sinatra night with a singer that performs all Sinatra music in a dinner/show format, and are expecting 150 people to attend.”
—Karl Habib, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Spring Lake GC, Middle Island, N.Y.
“We have a weekly Friday Seniors lunch at a reduced rate for only the over 65s, and serve the more traditional menu.”
—Ann Robbie, CEO, CC of Johannesburg
“We have been very successful with tours to locations, such as a trip to the Boeing Plant that included lunch with the CEO. Usually these types of events include a lunch or dinner at the club, so the club receives revenue.
Also, do not overlook the daytime as an opportunity for an event to attract the retired set. Many times prominent speakers passing through town will have the daytime free while waiting for an evening engagement. They are a great resource for a quick discussion lunch.” —Michael Froese, General Manager, The University Club of Seattle
“Casino night was a hit at our club. Our members love anything that involves dancing and events with a DJ or combo.” –Aileen Alexander, President, Eastpointe CC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.