These seven golf resorts have teed up expanded meeting spaces or renovated courses in an effort to attract more corporate events and tournaments this year.
Pebble Beach Resorts
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Renowned major championship site Pebble Beach continues to step up its game as a meeting destination in advance of its 100th anniversary. Named for its location near the first tee, Fairway One will become the fifth major meeting facility at Pebble Beach Resorts when it opens in August with a 2,500-sq.-ft. reception space suitable for up to 225 guests.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Several South Florida golf resorts have upgraded their facilities in recent months. Leading the way is The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which completed a $9 million redesign of its course led by the sport’s living legend, Jack Nicklaus. The resort has 34,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, plus multiple beachfront lawns and terraces.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Golf experts often consider Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands among the country’s best public courses. This July, the Pittsburgh-area resort opens a second course, Shepherd’s Rock, designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Pete Dye. Groups visiting Nemacolin can take advantage of the on-site conference center’s 30 total meeting rooms, ballrooms and boardrooms.
Prince Waikiki and Golf Club
Palm trees, lakes and white-sand bunkers highlight the Arnold Palmer- and Ed Seay-designed 27-hole course at Hawaii Prince Golf Club. In addition to renovating the 7,000-sq.-ft. Pi’inaio Ballroom, the resort has added three group function rooms, named for each of the historic streams that once flowed into the area.
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Meeting planners looking for nice weather and killer views should consider Mountain Shadows, a new Arizona resort opened in February. The ballrooms, meeting rooms and outdoor space encompass more than 37,000 square feet and can accommodate groups of up to 500 people. The Short Course, an upscale par-3 course with challenging water and sand hazards, makes for a good tournament course for varying skill levels.
This Tampa-area resort will debut Streamsong Black, its third championship golf course, this fall. Designed by famous architect Gil Hanse—who designed the 2016 Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro—the new par-73 course caters to walking golfers. The 228-room resort has more than 24,000 square feet of conference space and 40,000 square feet of flexible outdoor space.
Ongoing renovations at Innsbrook Resort near St. Louis include updates to its ballrooms and boardrooms inside Aspen Center, the resort’s lakeside lounge. Innsbrook has eight major meeting spaces with capacities ranging from 12 to 200 people. The highly rated 18-hole course takes advantage of the rolling landscape with forested hills surrounding generous fairways.