Conferences and Meetings: Work Hard, Play Hard - at the State's Top Golf Destinations
You work hard. Should you not also play hard? Some of the state's premier golf destinations make it extremely easy for you to do both - with style, grace and charm.
Michigan's best golf destinations, many of which also are located near the state's top tourist destinations, offer the best golf in the Midwest and some of the best golf in the nation. Because many also are located near the state's top points of interest, they exist so that you may play, and play hard.
Having, however, incorporated technologically advanced conference and meeting facilities with spacious accommodations, fine dining and countless other amenities, the state's best golf destinations also exist so that you might work, and work hard.
That leaves you with only two decisions: At which destinations will you schedule your next conference or meeting? and Shall you work before, after, or while you play? The following look at conference facilities at the state's golf resorts may help you answer the first question. The second, however, is entirely up to you.
Readers of AAA Michigan Living magazine voted Wild Bluff the "Best Golf Course in the Upper Peninsula." Bay Mills also offers a variety of group packages that combine lodging with use of the conference center, golf course or casinos.
For more information call (888) 422-9645, ext. 2636.
For more information, call (989) 686-3500, ext. 391.
The golf courses at Boyne Highlands are so well regarded that they have hosted the Michigan PGA Championship.
For more information, call (800) GO-BOYNE.
Comfort Inn University Park Mt. Pleasant
The Comfort Inn at Mt. Pleasant is one of the major convention and meeting facilities in the area and, as such, needs to have connectivity to not only attract new business, but make sure that they hold on to the robust business they now have. The Comfort Inn has acquired six consecutive Gold Awards for quality, service and cleanliness, including the Choice Hotels coveted award for "Inn of the Year".
Call 989-772-4000 for more information.
Crystal also has twice received the Paragon Award, which is presented annually by Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine to the best conference facilities in the nation. The Crystal Center, a three-level building with 13 available conference and meeting rooms, can accommodate up to 300 persons per room. The Lodge features an additional two meeting rooms while the Amphitheater at Michigan Legacy Art Park is a unique outdoor facility for speakers and can fit as many as 100 guests.
Crystal Mountain also offers the Mountaintop Tent, located, where else, but at the top of the mountain. This can be the perfect location for a meal or reception and can be reached by chairlift or alternative transportation.
For more information, contact Crystal Mountain at (800) YOUR-MTN.
Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center also is a member of the Audubon Society as it sports a thriving wildlife habitat.
For more information, call (800) 999-6343.
Eagle Crest Resort
In keeping with its tough IACC standards, Eagle Crest also offers a dedicated conference service staff and complete package pricing.
For more information, log on to eaglecrestresort.com.
Garland's Conference Center, which features cathedral ceilings, a kitchen and audio system, includes four separate rooms that can remain separate or be combined. Those rooms are known as Osprey, Heron, Kestrel and Peregrine.
Garland's Great Room is complete with a log fireplace in addition to the amenities it shares with the Conference Center. The room can be configured to accommodate as few as 40 guests for as many as 235.
For more information, contact Garland at (800) 968-0042.
A 2001 winner of the Paragon Award presented by Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine, the Grand Hotel recently added the Grand Pavilion, a versatile space that blends state-of-the-art multimedia technology with the property's old-world charm. The Pavilion transforms from a conference room to a lecture hall or dining room with ease. It's large foyer also makes an ideal location for a registration area.
Perhaps more notable than its facilities, which also includes the Woodfill Conference Center and 10 other meeting rooms, is the service available from the Grand Hotel staff. While you may have to work hard and want to play hard, the Grand Hotel wants to make it easy for you to do both. A simple outline of what is needed sends one of the hotel's convention managers off making arrangements. Those managers will work with planners to select the appropriate room or space, arrange the audio-visual equipment and attend to every other detail. And that service is complimentary.
For more information, call (800) 33GRAND.
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Having arrived at a resort recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the best in America, meeting and conference attendees are greeted by casual elegance and Midwest hospitality. Available to meeting planners is more than 49,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space in 34 rooms, able to host groups ranging from 10-2,500. Private boardrooms, ballrooms and an expansive convention area are available, as are countless outdoor areas within the 900-acre resort.
Meeting and conference hosts at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa also possess a creative flair. Arrangements made for previous groups include dinner in the fairway of hole No. 6 on the Spruce Run course, a football field, complete with goal post, for the NFLPA Retired Players Convention; a catered gourmet picnic served during a horseback riding expedition, and a teleconference between a group of visiting bankers and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in Washington D.C.
For more information, call (800) 748-0303.
Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Ferris State University
The Holiday Inn and Ferris State partnership at Big Rapids is one of a number of higher education facilities that offer, lodging, convention and meeting facilities and golf all under the same roof. Robust connections to the Internet are important because you are affiliated with a university and conferees expect it.
Call (231)796-4400 for more information.
The Conference and Special Events Center can host a seminar for 350 in the morning or afternoon, after which any one of four championship golf courses are available for play. Conference or meeting attendees can then return to the Center for a tastefully presented dinner.
For more information, call (800) 752-5510.
For more information, call (800) 730-4426.
Shanty Creek's ability to meet and exceed the needs of corporations and organizations has evolved as today's workplace has evolved. The resort's staff prides itself in its ability to combine comfort, tranquility and style in an effective work environment.
Golf courses at Shanty Creek have been designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Weiskopf, and currently host the Michigan PGA Championship.
For more information, call (800) 678-4111.
Treetops' meeting facilities, which are intended to provide a professional environment in rejuvenating surroundings, range from the luxurious Melling Board Room, which accommodates 14 persons, to the expansive convention center, which is large enough for gatherings of more than 1,000.
With a sales staff with over 50 years of experience planning association and corporate meetings, Treetops is able to provide the setting you need for your meeting or conference and also has over 4,000 acres on which you can entertain, relax and rejuvenate.
For more information, call (989) 732-6711, ext. 2660. MG
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