By Scott Kramer
That large, open-air space you may have noticed adjacent to the Pelican Hill Golf Club clubhouse and practice facility is the brand-new Golf Pavilion, a unique event venue that’s already a hit with tournament hosts and event planners. While it may look like a simple open area, it can be dramatically transformed into a stunning setting for parties, post-round functions, speeches and other social gatherings.
“The Golf Pavilion has flexibility and atmosphere,” says Amanda Reeve, Director of Meetings and Special Events at The Resort at Pelican Hill. “It provides a unique private venue for evening events. Brides and grooms seeking an alfresco California-inspired reception will have the benefit of beautiful landscaping, green vistas, and even the possibility of floating Chinese Wish lanterns airborne from the practice green. Planners are always looking for a new experience for their guests. With the golf tie-in, many grooms tell us that the Golf Pavilion’s location is the best of both worlds. It’s already very much in demand for upcoming events.”
The open-air function space was built primarily for hosting pre- and post-golf event functions, such as registration, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, awards, and auctions, according to Steve Friedlander, Pelican Hill’s Vice President and General Manager of Golf. “It will also be used for social catering that’s not necessarily related to golf,” he says. “But golf is the primary motivator and has priority on bookings.”
With more than 7,000 square feet of usable solid floor space, the Golf Pavilion is an immensely convenient amenity for golf tournaments. It can comfortably hold up to 500 people in a reception and 300 people seated at a buffet. It can also be configured for a more intimate feel.
“Golf groups never have to leave the clubhouse area for their pre- or post-golf functions,” says Friedlander. “That convenience allows golf events to run with ideal efficiently. Imagine your next golf event, in which golfers seamlessly proceed from their last hole to an open-air barbeque, as our attendants whisk away their clubs to be cleaned and placed safely inside their vehicle. On their way to the Golf Pavilion, golfers can even stop by our luxurious locker rooms to freshen up, following a fun day of tournament play on Pelican Hill’s two Tom Fazio-designed, ocean-view courses.”
The Golf Pavilion’s floor is made of attractive pavers, similar to those that surround the golf clubhouse. There are electrical outlets on the perimeter to accommodate audio and visual needs, and it can be enclosed in inclement weather. For formal affairs, the outdoor terrace can be completely enclosed with a large canopy tent.
This is officially Pelican Hill’s largest event space — augmenting the 504-acre resort’s existing 20,000 square feet of function space — as well as its first major venue expansion since the Golf Club was renovated back in November 2007. The Golf Pavilion also offers complimentary valet car service and self-parking.