Archive for October, 2010

“Off Season” Golfing at Bristol Harbour

October 29, 2010

Sunday afternoon my fiancée says to me, “why don’t you go golfing”, gotta love this girl!  So I texted my buddy from high school and asked if he wanted to play a round of golf at Bristol Harbour.  His first response was that was too expensive, but when we checked we were pleasantly surprised to find out it was only $25 for 18 holes AND a cart!

Off we went and even more to our delight we found that there were hardly any other players there.  The greens had been “punched” for the winter, but we were still able to play.  The greens at Bristol are second to none and the entire course is very high caliber.  I had a fairly decent game shooting mid 80s.

End of season golf is available at Bristol Harbour

'Off Season' Golf among the Golden Leaves

I’ve been asked what my favorite hole is at BH and I have to say probably hole number six (Par 5 downhill and lots of water) or 13 because of the drive and the drop after you turn the corner (about 60 degrees).  The course is beautiful and was not busy at all in the off season.  The golfers we ran into were mostly members who were just playing or jumping around the course to play their favorite holes. Great, great course.  I did hit 11 sand traps, almost one on every hole!  Keep in mind the off season prices you can get for a great course–$25 for 18 holes and a cart with GPS.

Submitted by David Lee, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

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Ravenwood “Meets” MPI

October 26, 2010

Meeting Room at Ravenwood

Last Thursday night was my monthly Meeting Professionals International (MPI) meeting and it was held at Ravenwood Golf Course. Because I am now scheduling all the monthly meetings and events for MPI, I took the opportunity to get them into Ontario County.  Ravenwood graciously agreed to work with me on price and menu selections to work in something local.  Jennifer, Ravenwood Event Manager, was great helping me present ideas to the chef (who just happens to be her brother).

Chicken served with Arbor Hill Finishing Sauce

The chef was totally agreeable.  He used the Arbor Hill Lemon Caper Chardonnay finishing sauce to make a wonderful chicken French.  He suggested a butternut squash soup made with locally grown squash and for dessert it was grape pie from Naples! The connections were amazing here as the pies were made by Jennifer’s mother, who is from Naples and members learned she had baked 1,000 pies this year for the Naples Grape Festival!  MPI members were totally impressed!  It was interesting that when I had announced our October meeting location at my meeting the month before the members thought Ravenwood was a private club and reminded me that meetings could only be held at places where MPI could book their meetings.  I quickly cleared up this misconception and also I realized that of the 10 (5 suppliers and 5 planners) members attending the meeting no one had ever been to Ravenwood before. They were all pleasantly surprised and were extremely impressed with Ravenwood.  Mike Roeder, general manager, who was only going to meet and greet with our group, joined us for dinner and stayed to hear our guest speaker who was Hugh Lee, President of Fusion Productions, a company from Webster. His most informative presentation was on What to Do 3.0– Do’s and Don’ts. Hugh is a deeply involved with MPI, a past chairman of the International Board and he is also an avid golfer, so he and Mike hit it off well. I’m sure there are some future golfing excursions in the works. This was one great MEET-ing!

Submitted by Sue Schmidt, CMP