SBJ/September 1 - 7, 2003/Other News

Ryder clients get a taste of hospitality

A five-day get-together dubbed Taste of the Ryder Cup will give corporate clients that have secured hospitality chalets for the 2004 Ryder Cup a chance to customize their hospitality venues through meetings with the event's vendors.

Taste of the Ryder Cup — put together by the PGA of America, the organizing body for U.S.-based Ryder Cups — also will give the corporate clients a firsthand look at several hospitality chalets. The gathering will take place Sept. 15-19 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., site of the 2004 Ryder Cup.

Taste of the Ryder Cup "is a preview for our corporate clients," said Andy Odenbach, tournament director for the 35th Ryder Cup, which will be held Sept. 14-19, 2004. "They get an idea of what to expect, so they can plan accordingly."

Los Angeles-based Academy Tent & Canvas will build three corporate chalets for the get-together.

About 200 corporate clients on board so far, Odenbach said. During the five-day gathering, they will meet with such companies as BGW Design, a Miami-based firm in charge of the interior decor for the hospitality venues, and New York City-based Restaurant Associates, which will handle food and beverage for the chalets.

All 58 on-site chalets for the 2004 Ryder Cup have been sold. Most accommodate 50 to 100 people at a time; the price tag for a 100-person chalet was $350,000.

The PGA of America has sold 180 of 200 Champions Club tables, each of which accommodates 10 people. Those tables will be in one of three on-course pavilions. The price tag for a table of 10 is $60,000.

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