Hotels play up golf angle for meetings

Golf was a major component of a 2007 meeting that Clevenger-Ori, in a previous job, organized at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Mich. Golf, she says, gave the 70 or so top executives of companies supplying or distributing promotional products a chance to get to know one another. "Golf can be used as a tool to get to know someone better and determine if this is someone you want to do business with," she says.

Many of the world's best golf courses are located at U.S. resorts with spacious meetings facilities.

Golf Digest magazine ranks Georgia's Sea Island as the best U.S. resort for business meetings and golf. Sea Island has three golf courses and 17,000 square feet of meeting space.

"Sea Island was built in the 1920s and is incredibly beautiful, sitting next to the ocean in coastal Georgia," says Peter Finch, the magazine's senior editor.

Golf Digest ranks California's Pebble Beach Resorts No. 2 for meetings and golf. It has four courses and 19 meeting rooms.

"It's a classic destination where every golfer dreams of playing," Finch says.

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