What to Look for When Choosing an Event Venue

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The best event venues combine a number of attractive activities, such as a premier golf course (complete with golf equipment, of course), excellent food, picturesque grounds, and gorgeous spaces for functions both intimate and sprawling. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, a celebration brunch, a work event, or just getting together with friends for a round of golf, most people can agree that location matters. So what should you take into consideration when looking for an event venue? What’s important if you want to get away for a weekend and play some special rounds of golf? What should you be prepared to do if you want to book an event at a special events facility? All these questions and more will be answered below, making your party planning or special outing all the easier to organize.

What Should I Look for In an Event Venue?

Space is usually the most pressing issue. If you are hosting an event where hundreds of guests are expected, you want to make sure there’s adequate seating and room to move about comfortably. You need to know your budget ahead of time and be prepared to book at least four to six months in advance. Parking should be easily accessible from the main location of the event and you should inquire about their food and beverage minimums. If they offer catering, it can take some of the hassle out of organizing your own caterer, and ask if certain complimentary services are included if you spend X amount of money.

An event venue that also provides chairs, tables, linens, audio-visual equipment, and staff to help set up and break down is also usually a godsend if you’re organizing an event, so see if your event venue does so. Seeing if the event venue provides insurance, is accessible to the handicapped, and flexible in terms of date can also be useful.

What Should I Look for in a Golf Course?

Golf courses are renowned for being beautiful spaces, with manicured fairways and greens and picturesque views. Ideally, you have plenty of space (and silence!) so you can concentrate on your best game. Good course design and variety keeps the game challenging and interesting, but ideally shouldn’t make it impossible for a golfer to continue playing. The longer the course, the more room for a varied course, which makes the game engaging.

Plus, the more variety a course has, the more players will be moving around.Given that a 175-pound man can burn almost 475 calories carrying his clubs in just one hour of play, it winds up being great exercise. If the course has nine holes, a player could walk almost 2.5 miles.

Some golf facilities may also provide golf equipment, if you don’t have your own. Generally in terms of golf equipment, you’ll only be allowed a maximum of 14 clubs in your bag during one round and your regulation golf ball should have about 336 dimples total.

What Do I Need to Have on Hand When Booking at a Special Events Facility?

You’ll want to have your numbers crunched already before booking. These numbers include your budget, total number of guests, parking needed, hours that you’ll need the venue, as well as what you would like the venue to provide.

You should be prepared to tell the event staff what type of event you’re hosting and ask about what they can provide on their end, and what you’ll need to bring with you. Ask about insurance policies, as mentioned previously, cancellation policies, extra costs, what gratuity for catering looks like, and what kind of staffing is available (and if they require additional staff for certain events).

And, of course, you should ask to take a tour of the facility before making a final decision, to get a feel for acoustics, ambiance, and decor.

Find the perfect event venue for your special day or night. Whether it’s a round of golf with new golf equipment, your wedding, or a work holiday party, you want to make sure that it’s the best of the best.

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