The South Carolina resort is reporting success running bocce-themed teambuilding events for corporate groups using portable courts formed from inflatable plastic components that are laid out on its Terrace Lawn, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Previously, offering the activity was hampered by having to assemble cumbersome court walls with wooden two-by-fours.
South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort is reporting success running bocce-themed teambuilding events for corporate groups. Each event is played on portable Packabocce courts laid out on the resort’s Terrace Lawn, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Referees are on hand to explain the rules to participants, who compete in teams across multiple courts while enjoying food and refreshments.
“It’s a simple game to run, but people have a great time,” said Jonathan Thompson, the resort’s Recreation Program Manager. “Guests can enjoy some friendly competition while getting to know their teammates and opposition—it’s very social, and our setting is perfect.”
Bocce was played on occasion at the resort before the arrival of the inflatable Packabocce courts, Thompson reported, but the older courts were cumbersome and harder to set up. Previously, the resort team had to set up the court walls for each tournament using large wooden two-by-fours. The walls had to be carried out, drilled together with screws, and then painstakingly dismantled afterwards.
“The new Packabocce courts are easy to use, they look professional and clean, and they have reduced our setup and breakdown time dramatically,” Thompson said. The courts’ borders are formed by inflatable plastic components.
“We bought five portable bocce courts at Kiawah, but it’s a great solution for smaller [properties] that want to run teambuilding events as well,” he added. “Even with just one court, they would see a return on their investment very quickly.”
Peter Roberts, CEO of Packaworld said it was fantastic to see the courts bringing bocce ball to luxury resorts, as well as restaurants, bars, sports leagues and cruise ships.
“Kiawah is a stunning setting for bocce ball and I’m proud that our portable courts are helping to grow the game there,” said Peter Roberts, CEO of Packaworld, which supplies the Packabocce courts. “Who knows, perhaps we will see the likes of Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy enjoying some bocce between rounds of golf at some point?”
Kiawah Island Golf Resort also features five 18-hole championship golf courses, the Roy Barth Tennis Centre, 500 houses and villas that are available for rent, and a five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel. Its Ocean Course, designed by Pete Dye, will host the 2021 PGA Championship.
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