* This post was written by International Team Captain Nick Price and is published as part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

Greetings again from sunny Florida. With the first major championship of the year in the books, we can now look forward to THE PLAYERS Championship.

Obviously, the Masters was such a great week for the prospective members of the International Team with all the good performances, particularly with Adam winning, but also Jason Day playing really well, and it was nice to also see Angel Cabrera play so well. Angel is an explosive player, to say the least, although he hasn’t recently featured on the Presidents Cup International standings. He’s always a player you pay attention to, but his Masters performance certainly helped his chances of making the team. Angel is one of those guys who can bring a lot to the team room. Any player who can fire like he can, and play like he did down the stretch at Augusta National on a Sunday – like Adam and Jason also – well, there were very few mistakes and amongst the three of them.  You could see they all really wanted to win. It wasn’t a question of who was going to lose it or not, it was who was going to win – and that’s the kind of attitude I look for as captain.

I’ve also been paying attention to Marc Leishman. He’s been around that mid-teen number on the International Team standings for the whole of this year, and I’ve watched him play a little bit on television, but I haven’t watched him in person. He’s got a wonderful attitude. I really like how calm and relaxed he is. There’s not very much at fault with his game. With a little more experience, he would have had a really good shot at the title on Sunday at the Masters.

Tim Clark has started to play so much better after his injury, and we saw him in the mix at Augusta National. He’s a little bulldog. He’s a tough competitor, and I’d love for him to be on the Team. Major championships are where the true form of players always comes out. The fact that we had several international players perform so well at the year’s first major shows me that there is a lot of determination in the potential members of the Team.

My last meeting with prospective team members was at Doral during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but since then I’ve been spending quite a bit of time down here in the West Palm Beach area with Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. I’ve also spent some time with Branden Grace. We’ve been chatting a lot about Presidents Cup plans and sharing ideas.

My next trip is a visit to Muirfield Village Golf Club at the end of May for the Memorial Tournament. In the meantime, I’m starting to pay more attention to the Official World Golf Ranking and starting to look for players who make moves up the rankings week to week. This is the time when a guy who may not have been on my radar early in the year begins to play well. The next four or five months are going to be critical for who my picks are going to be.

Four years ago: Dublin Green (now named something else) was the long-time arch nemesis of my summer swim team, the Annehurst Piranhas.

Three months ago: I venture out of Westerville, where I was raised and never had to leave because honestly, I thought it had everything, to begin an internship with the Dublin CVB.

Today: I am wrapping up my time here to return to OU for one more year of youthful escapades before entering the real world and putting my skills to good use.

YIKES! Time sure flies. Three years ago I would be what some might call an elitist. My pride for my neighborhood bound me to a “hatred” (you all know the high school rivalry feeling) of Dublin. My town was so awesome that I never had to, nor had the desire to, go to other Columbus suburbs or learn anything about them. So this spring when I got hired to be the summer intern at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, naturally I was a little nervous.

How am I supposed to attract people to this place I know nothing about? Ok the Memorial Tournament is huge, but that will be over by the time I get there! Oh no… what else? Oh yea! The Dublin Irish Festival! But that is only 3 days out- how do I stretch that the whole summer??

 As my starting date loomed closer I began to become more nervous. Alas, the day arrived and I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. Dublin is awesome!

My co-worker Allison and I enjoying some Jeni's in Historic Dublin.

Besides the two obviously huge events that I have already mentioned, Dublin has a plethora of other great attractions. For example, Historic Dublin is absolutely adorable. It is filled with tons of shops, from cute boutiques to yummy candy stores, as well as food choices from all around the world!  (Seriously there is French, Irish, American, Asian, English and more!) Also, the third Thursday of every month is Sláinte Thursday, during which the shops stay open late and there is live music at many of the restaurants. Additionally, the Dublin CVB has partnerships with the Columbus Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, and COSI Columbus; places I recall greatly enjoying as a kid and still wish I had more time to visit as an adult.

Those are only sampling of the great things Dublin to offer! So turns out I had nothing to worry about, and now as a pro at all things Dublin, I encourage everyone to visit. With your choice of 14 great hotels and many package deals throughout the year, how can you say no? And don’t forget, you don’t need Irish in your blood, just in your soul!

For more information, please visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call 614-792-7666.

 

~ Post by Lexi.

The PGA Memorial Tournament in Dublin has passed, but we still can’t get enough golf! As “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address,” Dublin is within 20 minutes of 12 golf course partners and great club houses for hosting events. Golf tournaments are a popular activity for companies and organizations to raise money for charity and provide networking opportunities.

Golf tournaments always sound like a great idea, but the planning can be extremely time-consuming if you don’t know what you are doing. We took 8 great tips from the Golf Tournament Association of America to help you navigate the holes of your tournament.

Jack Nicklaus Statue in Dublin

Dublin's Statue of Jack Nicklaus

1. Defining Your Purpose and Goals

  • Know how much you want to raise or make. Have a good cause that you are knowledgeable about and have a clear, concise message to your attendees.

2. Staffing Your Event

  • Volunteers are the secret to success. Recruit the right people and maximize their efforts. Attaching a “title” to each volunteer gives them ownership of their duties (i.e. Sponsorship Chair)
    Make them accountable by reporting their efforts each meeting and rewarding those that make progress.
  • Work with other groups. Seek an organization that puts on their own tournament and combine efforts. Maybe Company A is lacking a great auction, but has golfers… and Company B has a fabulous auction, but needs golfers? Split the increased profit/donation down the middle.

3. Filling your field with Golfers

  • Formats increase participation. A “Scramble” is the most popular golf format, but it may not be right for your attendees especially if they are experienced or competitive. See a full list of golf formats.
  • Relationships are the key. Select well connected individuals to be on your committee. How many times have you done something just because your friend or colleague suggested you do it?

4. Finding the Golf Course 

The Golf Club of Dublin

The Golf Club of Dublin

  • Golfers want to play because of the Golf Course. A well kept, unique course will make people want to sign up. We recommend the Golf Club of Dublin— It’s designed with the spirit of golf from the British Isles and created by world-renowned designers Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Golfers say they feel like they are playing in Dublin, Ireland. This course is the first of its kind in the Midwest with authentic links features. The Golf Club of Dublin’s Ballantrae Ballroom provides the right ambiance for socializing and enjoying a freshly prepared menu.
  • Get the best deal. Monday thru Wednesday are times of need for golf courses. You will be able to negotiate course fees and luncheon costs.

5. Selling Sponsors

  • Make your event big and get creative. Sponsors will love it and new sponsors will come. Secure a car company’s sponsorship by suggesting attendees test drive their car during the tournament. Give sponsors speaking time. Use large signs and banners. What are some ways you can drive attendees to their location after the outing?

6. Games/Contest/Gifts/Prizes

  • Rev up your auction with VIP packages. Lunch with a football star? Behind-the-scenes tour of a private golf course? Weekend getaways? These are items attendees WANT to auction for because they are experiential.
  • Turn your Awards Ceremony into a party. It’s your lasting impression to attendees. Sell tickets to those who aren’t participating in the tournament. Adding photos and video helps build memories and can be a marketing tool.
  • Give a good Tee Gift. Don’t give out knick-knacks that are useless. Work with your sponsors to cover gifts like leather duffle bags, iPods or an engraved bottle of whiskey.

7. Promoting your Event

  • Research your target market. Who are you “going after?” What is important to them? Who has attended in the past?
  • Show quality. Feature a celebrity guest, musical acts or live auctioneer. Make the information on your website easy to find, utilize e-newsletters. Drum up excitement about your event through attractive marketing.
  • Time line. Be working on your overall tournament package a year in advance and have quality programming put together and promoted a month before your event.

8. Wrap Up and Follow Up

  • Evaluate the good and the bad. Send out a survey to your golfers and make notes for areas of improvement.
  • Send personalized thank you cards. Include a “Save the Date” for next year.
  • Re-secure sponsorships. Get the companies contracted again BEFORE they spend next year’s budget elsewhere. Don’t forget to thank your sponsors with a creative item or award.

Reach out to the Dublin CVB to help you pick the best golf course for your group. We can also get you set up with accommodations and area-discounts. As always—our services are free.

-Post by Allison

It’s PGA Memorial Tournament week here in Dublin, Ohio!  It is our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event.  We look forward to it all year.  This year’s event promises to be exciting—with the majority of the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating,Dublin Ohio PGA Memorial starting on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

My kids are already out of school and I want to go to the Tournament – should I hire a babysitter? No way! Bring them along! The Memorial is great fun for kids – especially since children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.  We love to watch the golf together while sitting under a shady tree.  Then we can go for a walk along our favorite holes. We like hole #12 because the kids can see everything and there is always plenty of action to watch.  Be sure to visit hole #16 this year – it’s amazing how they’ve changed that hole.  While it’s still a Par 3 hole, they’ve added a lake in front of the link—so there is no way to get to the green without going over the water. Talk about a challenge!

Another fun activity for kids is the Junior Golf Clinic held at Safari Golf Club today, Wednesday June 1. This free event (please bring a canned food donation to help the Mid-Ohio Food Bank) gives great instruction on the game of golf and starts at 5:30 p.m. The first 500 kids will receive a gift bag and there is a chance to win two Patron Badges!

If your kids are autograph hunters – the players will sometimes sign autographs after they have finished playing their round. (Remember, kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free!)

 While you and your family are in Dublin, Ohio, there are lots of family friendly things to do.  Be sure to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium –named the #1 Zoo in nation by USA Travel Guide.  If time allows, include a visit to Zoombezi Bay—the Zoo’s 22.5 acre water park featuring 17 state-of-the-art water slides, a HUGE wave pool and a pirate ship!  Then, include a tour of Phoenix Bats—the only Pro-approved wood bat manufacturer in Ohio. As a special offer this week, you can save $2 off the tour fee and 10% off any purchase when you show your Memorial Tournament badge. Special tour times: Wed, Thurs and Friday (June 1-3) at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Call for details: 614/873-7776 )  

Have fun this week and be sure to wear your sunscreen! For more information, visit the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

~Post by Katie

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Memorial AND some amazing local golf courses, Dublin is often recognized as “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address.”   So we are honored, once again, to host 99 of the nation’s top junior Golfers during the Columbus Junior, presented by the Memorial Tournament July 12-15 at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

2010 marks the sixth consecutive year of this American Junior Golf Association event.  Junior golfers from Ohio and across the country will compete during a 54-hole stroke play event. A shotgun practice round will be held Monday, July 12 at 8 a.m.  First-round play will begin Tuesday, July 13, with first-through final-round tee times running from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. off the Number 1 tee at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.  An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final round. 

During the tournament week, some of the top juniors participating in the event will also take part in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament Monday, July 12. The Junior-Am will be an 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel. This event promises to showcase the skills of some outstanding young golfers and–with free admission for guests–could provide inspiration to some local youngsters.

For more information, visit the AJGA website at www.ajga.org.  

-Post by Mary

Dublin, Ohio hosts the Memorial Golf Tournament this week – our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event. Most golf fans will start following this year’s tournament, which will have the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating, on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

Having three young children, our fun starts on Monday with the first of three days of practice rounds. Watching practice rounds is great way to get up close to these great players in a very relaxed atmosphere. I don’t even mind bringing my 5-year-old daughter – who has the tendency to be a little loud at times. The players are great, they will sign autographs during their practice round, giveaway golf balls, gloves and even stop and talk to the kids.

If you are looking for some other things to do with the kids prior to the start of the Tournament, make sure you also visit Safari Golf Club on Wednesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the junior clinic.  And, one last tip – remember that kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free.

-Post by Scott

It may only be the first week of April, but we’re in a summer frame of mind at the Dublin CVB offices. Maybe it’s because we are just a five-minute drive to the #1 Zoo in the nation (and its awesome water park). Or maybe it’s because we are anticipating THREE world-class events that just happen to fall between May and August (PGA Memorial Tournament, Dublin Irish Festival and the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games). For ALL of us who work in tourism, part of the excitement is summer=biggest TRAVEL season!

We’re just like you when it comes to travel. We’re addicted to it. There is something so exciting about exploring new places, meeting the locales, sampling the region’s cuisine and taking in new adventures. It’s memory-making at its finest when you can experience all of that with your family. We like a good deal, a nice play to stay, some great meals and—above all—a great value. The more days/nights we can get for our dollar, the better.

This year, travel forecasters are predicting that more of us will be booking our vacations online—and that we will be looking for special deals. No kidding. (I’ll bet you’re thinking what I’m thinking: I could be a travel forecaster.)  

As you are considering getaway options for this summer—be sure to check out our brand new Kids Eat Free Columbus Zoo/Zoombezi Getaway Package. This online build-it-yourself package offers discounted rates at 10 Dublin hotels (the closest to the Columbus Zoo), discounted tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Water Park plus FREE kids meal coupons to six Dublin area restaurants.  Want more? Some of the hotels offer a free breakfast, a shuttle to the Zoo (saving the $5 parking fee) and goodies for the kids.  Got your calculator out? Yep, that’s a deal.

Now I’m putting on my travel forecaster hat and checking my crystal ball. I’m seeing polar bears, manatees, giant water slides, free food and ice cream for the kiddies, parents with their toes in a hotel pool (and a cool drink next to them). I’m seeing sunny weather and lots of smiles.  And I’m predicting that this summer’s really intelligent Ohio travelers will be checking out the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau’s  Kids Eat Free Columbus Zoo Getaway.

-Post by Mary