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6 Great Themes for a Milestone Birthday Party

Are you planning a major milestone birthday party? It can be difficult at times to create an event that stands out from any other, but when it comes to birthdays that mark the passage of important eras in our lives, it’s worth staging something unforgettable. Here are six themes to help stimulate your creativity. Each one has lots of room for variation and ideas of your own and, hopefully, opportunities to steer clear of the well-trodden path.

World Travellers

We’ve all been to Paris and New York-themed parties. They have been done to death, and they’re not what we mean here. There are thousands of other destinations that can serve as the basis for a fresh, fun and interesting theme. Why not Moscow, Cairo or Tahiti? Every place presents opportunities for inventive costume, decor and activity ideas. Pick one location that appeals to you, and then pull out all the stops to recreate it. You could even generate some variety and invite guests to represent their favourite travel destinations.

Festive Cosplay

This one’s for the movie, book or gaming nerds. Science-fiction, horror, anime and fantasy – film, television, gaming and literature. They’re hardly new ideas for parties…  But, how would you personally execute them? Choose something that really appeals to you. Instead of a basic cosplay, ask guests to come as characters from your favourite novel or movie. If your guests are all of the same minds, you could even turn it into a role-playing party, with each guest playing their character in a scenario you devise. 

Golden Era

‘Roaring 20s’ or ‘80s’ parties have perhaps become a cliché. But, you can always choose another era – perhaps one you’re particularly interested in. Why not play at jousting (a safe recreation of it of course) and feasting in a recreation of the age of chivalry? Or have people don coats and wigs as they get into the spirit of the Age of Enlightenment, complete with Mozart and Haydn accompaniments and minuet lessons? Think big and do your research – you can come up with something unforgettable. 

Celebrating Your Cause

Is there a cause or charity that’s close to your heart? Why not make your party all about that? Go green with a lamp-lit, electricity-free party – either indoors or under the stars. Ask guests to substitute gifts with donations to your favourite charity. Turn your cause into a celebration rather than a struggle.

Field of Play

Sports parties are not uncommon, however, you don’t see quite as many of them as some other themes. You can stage your party around a local, national or international sporting event taking place around the same time, be it a major clash between your favourite hockey team and their biggest rival, the FIFA World Cup or the PGA Tour. You could even just ask guests to represent their favourite sports teams. There’s plenty to play with here.

The Month of my Birth

Why not commemorate your birth by celebrating the month and year in which it took place? Do some research about the month you were born. What were people wearing? What music was in the charts? What was happening in the world? Who was the Prime Minister? Who was the President? What movies and TV shows were on? It could be great fun to recreate that era at your milestone party, to see how far both you and the world have come.

Need a venue for your incredible theme party? The Royal Ashburn Golf Club has several to choose from. Contact us to find out which one of our event halls will be best suited to your celebration.

Plan Your Own Party at a Stunning Banquet Hall

Looking for a banquet hall in the Durham region? The Royal Ashburn Golf Club is one of the leading Whitby venues. With many events that warrant a party, be sure to book your spot with us so that we can help you host the most memorable party of the year.

How Many Guests Can You Invite?

Our rooms offer the flexibility to seat any number of guests, from small intimate groups up to 240 in any required seating arrangement.

Special Event Packages

Our special event packages include a professional event coordinator, uniformed staff, emergency generators, floor-length white table linens, choice of coloured overlays and napkins, Royal Doulton china and sparkling stemware, microphone and podium, and more.

Our elegant rooms include the following:

  • The Compton Room: 
    {seating capacity 240} 
    Completely devoted to entertaining, The Compton Room on the upper level features an adjacent sundeck, glassed-in terrace and walk-out patio – all providing a spectacular view of the golf course. 
  • The Ashburn Room: 
    {seating capacity 160} 
    The Ashburn Room has sweeping banks of French doors that lead you to the solarium, where the large fireplace and the view from the windows overlooking your private outdoor terrace make this room the perfect place to host your pre-dinner reception. 
  • The Butler’s Pub & Grill: 
    {seating capacity up to 115} 
    Excellent for entertaining, the Butler’s Pub & Grill is an ideal location for your next social event. With private seating available for up to 115 guests, allow our events team to assist you with planning your next corporate function, birthday party, anniversary dinner, shower or milestone celebration.

New Year’s even is just around the corner – why not host your party here? We also have a spacious and comfortable clubhouse with many amenities, which is the perfect setting to leave interruptions behind and welcome the New Year. Contact us if you want to book a banquet hall in the Durham region today.

Start Planning Corporate and Charity Golf Events for 2020!

The new year is around the corner. If you want to make sure that your organization hosts a few great corporate and charity golf events in 2020, then it is crucial that you start planning now.

Golf events are not only a great way to raise money, but these events are also a great way to reinforce relationships with existing clients, supporters, staff and stakeholders. When you invite people to a golf event, they will be together for around five to seven hours – a lot of time and opportunity to cement existing partnerships and relationships.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you kick-start your planning:

Location, Location, Location

Location is very important because your stakeholders need quick access to the facility. It is also important to opt for a golf course that has a good reputation, a great layout, friendly staff and all the facilities you need.

When you visit a few Durham golf courses, pay attention to how the staff operates. Are they looking forward to being a participant in the event? Or are they merely taking orders? Also, make sure that the facility has adequate food and beverage space and that it is convenient if the weather turns.

Plan in Advance

Allow enough time to plan and execute the event. Corporate and charity golf events usually take at least three to six months to plan well.

Gather a Team

Identify potential committee members, staff and volunteers to support your event.

An unbelievable tournament experience awaits you at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club. We offer beautiful banquet rooms with picturesque views of the golf course, talented chefs for outstanding meals and an exceptional golf course that your golfers will love. We offer packages to help your event go smoothly. Contact us for more information today.

4 Simple Tips for Better Golf from Jason Day

Jason Day has an impressive resume in professional golf. A former World Number 1 with 12 PGA Tour wins, a PGA Championship and a Players Championship under his belt, he also set the record for the lowest score in a major, 20 shots under par, in his first major win at the 2015 PGA Championship. Along with Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy, he is one of only three players who are multiple winners of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

So when a golfer of his calibre offers tips for better golf, we should all listen carefully.

Jason Day’s Tips for Better Golf

With the idea of simplifying the execution of main shots, so you can concentrate on your game, not just your swing, Day offers the following three keys to better golf.

  1. Position Yourself for a Good Drive – We all want to walk up to the tee and crush the ball with all everything we have. To improve your chances of doing exactly that,  Day stresses the importance of three elements of your positioning and swing before you actually hit the ball.

    First, use a good solid stance, including even weight distribution between both legs and your toes and heels. Second, position the ball so it’s not too far back or too far forward. Third, use a slow takeaway which helps you be more aggressive through the ball.

  2. Be Consistent with Your Irons – “No matter what iron I’m swinging, my process stays the same,” says Day. First, his set up is neutral, including his grip on the golf club. Then, to hit down on the ball with the centre of the club, Day uses a shorter three-quarter swing. Finally, you should finish in the classic post-swing wraparound position, which is a sign of a good swing tempo and rhythm.

  3. Go Big with Your Short Game – Again, Day recommends consistency in your shots, saying “no matter what iron I’m swinging, my process stays the same.” Focus on a spot in front of the ball for a clean hit. Minimize wrist action for easier contact and a square clubface. Use your big muscles, or whole body, to power your shot, instead of mostly your arms and hands.

  4. Putt Sensibly – “My process on the greens has helped me become one of the best putters in the game. This is one area where the right type of practice will allow you to focus on line and speed when you play,” advises Day.

    Eye and hand positioning are key when you address the ball. Focus on the projected path of the ball and the face of the club, ensuring it is square to the path. Overestimate the distance to the hole before you swing.

Now that you’re stoked with tips from one of the top professionals in the game, why not book a round at the top golf course in Durham Region!

If you enjoyed this post, check out our recent article on how to increase your club head speed in your swing.

The Buzz on Tiger Woods

From just about the moment he joined the PGA Tour. (he turned pro in August 1996 and go his first PGA Tour victory at the Las Vegas Invitational in October 1996) Tiger Wood’s career unfolded in an unerringly forward path. Of increasingly more wins, higher earnings and even greater speculation about whether he is the best golfer ever.

Unfortunately for Tiger, for the PGA, for golf’s popularity, for golf fans everywhere and, well, for just about anything to do with golf. Once that career started hitting some bumps, starting with injuries Woods suffered in 2008, the trajectory has almost completely reversed. With the exception of a couple good seasons in 2012 and 2013, Woods has been off the leaderboards, inconsistent in his play and, generally, uninspiring. Couple that with the almost simultaneous unraveling of his personal life. Today instead of wondering if he’s the best-ever, you can’t be blamed for wondering what else can go wrong.

But, if you’re a real fan of the game, both as a player and watching a great match on TV, you probably wonder something else too. Actually, it’s more of a hope rather than a wonder. You remember all of the edge-of-your-seat moments Tiger gave us, the seemingly impossible approaches landing in eagle range, the putts that seemed to carry for hours, over hill and dale, never knowing it was going to sink until it did. (OK – we gotta bring up the fact that perhaps Tiger’s most amazing approach shot was right here in the GTA at the 2000 Bell Canadian Open at Glen Abbey. If you haven’t seen what he did after landing in a fairway bunker on the 18th hole, over 200 yards, and a water hazard, from the pin, check it out here.

Those memories are what give you hope. Hope that you can once again live moments like those. And it all comes down to the question “will Tiger be able to compete, at least in a couple tournaments, like he did before and show us glimpses of his brilliance as a golfer?

Is This the Year of the Tiger?

Early in January, the golf news was abuzz once again with the news that Tiger is back from yet another surgery. But we’ve heard it all before. Like last year when Wood’s hoped-for return was once again sidelined with more back surgery, his fourth since 2014.

With the approach of the Farmers Insurance Open, which ran from January 24 to 28 at Torrey Pines, (where Tiger won the 2008 U.S. Open after a 19-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate), media speculation was running wild about Woods’ chances for yet another comeback, this time after back-fusion surgery last April.

If you managed to catch any of the tournament on TV, the first thing you would have noticed is that Woods hasn’t lost any of his ability to attract a crowd. Never in the history of golf have so many been so interested in a player so low in the rankings. Before the tournament, Woods’ world ranking was 668, which is up from 1,199 after his performance in December’s Hero World Challenge. A performance that fueled much of the pre-tournament buzz around Tiger.

So, how’d he do?

On paper, not bad, as Tiger Woods’ comebacks go. Tiger finished the tournament at -3, tied for 23rd, one shot ahead of Canadian Corey Conners. Woods might have even been a shot better if not for an enthusiastic fan who shouted ‘get in the hole’ in the middle of Tiger’s back swing for a birdie putt.

Following the tournament, the media pundits seem to agree that there’s more reason for optimism in this return of the Tiger than the previous comeback tries. While there were signs of the wince-inducing struggles he’s faced in recent years, there were at least as many signs of the sheer brilliance, confidence and power (with at least one wind-aided shot approaching the 350 mark) that was almost enough to make you feel nostalgic

No one knows if Tiger will finally return to some form similar to what we all remember. But, so far so good, and that means it’ll be a lot more fun to watch any early-season tournaments that Tiger enters. They could be historic.

5 Tips for Planning a Corporate Holiday Party Your Staff Will Love

If there’s one break that corporate event planners and human resources teams catch from the calendar. It is that you get lots of warning about the approaching holiday season. Once Thanksgiving is over, there’s nothing until the year-end holidays.

Still, despite the massive lead time, the ‘company party’ seems to always turn into logistical hornet’s nest of solving questions like “where do we have it?”, “when will we get the best turn out?” and “what different dietary requirements do we need to cover?”.

The downside of all those logistics, the costs involved and the fact that many staff either can’t attend or choose not to, is that many companies have decided to not throw holiday parties.

It’s a shame. The company holiday party is usually the only time of year when everyone gets together in a social setting to share a meal and talk about something other than work. And the benefits of that shouldn’t be underestimated.

It Shows Gratitude

The best leadership comes through example. While a holiday bonus and extra time off are great ways to show your appreciation for everything your team does throughout the year, a holiday party adds a level of gratitude with a personal touch.

It’s Great for Morale

As job roles carry more and more responsibility and time pressures, businesses can lose sight of the ‘fun factor’ and the benefits it has for overall productivity. A holiday party is an opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company without the pressures of a deadline.

It’s Builds Teamwork

When your staff experiences a fun and exciting social event, it increases their familiarity with each other familiarity and the common experiences they share. That shared experience helps bring people closer and breaks down some of the barriers that can get in the way of working well together.

Considering all the benefits to be enjoyed, it makes sense for businesses to overcome the hurdles of having a company party and focus on hosting a year-end celebration that staff will not only want to attend, but one that will maximize the benefits.

Tips for planning a successful corporate holiday party

With that in mind, here are a few tips for making this year’s corporate holiday celebration the best ever.

1. Location, Location, Location

The basis for any great event is its setting. Creating the right vibe by choosing a location that people want to visit, one with the right facilities, amenities and services, is your first step in having a successful gathering. And the sooner you book the venue, the better.

2. Food & Refreshments

Whether you choose a full-service meal or a buffet. You need to cater to your guest’s tastes and every dietary need. Finding a venue that can do that for you is an added bonus. And while you want everyone to enjoy themselves, remember to encourage them to do so responsibly.

3. Engage Employees

Consider ways to get all your staff involved even before the event. From planning a fun awards ceremony to getting playlist submissions for the entertainment, the more input everyone has, the more likely they are to attend and enjoy themselves.

4. Get Social

In addition to printed and emailed invitations. Create an Event on Facebook for the party, set up a #HolidayParty hashtag. Use images from past events to build a buzz on social media.

5. Extras

Think of ways to really set your event apart. Things like providing transportation to and from the event. Having a photo booth, a friendly “Our Company’s Got Talent” competition and gift bags. Use your creativity; there are lots of ways to make the year-end celebration truly fun, exciting and memorable.

Get the Help You Need – It’s not easy to plan such an important gathering on your own. When you are choosing venues, look for those that can offer ideas and the help you need to make them happen.

Check out the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Events page to learn more about planning a successful holiday party and experience.

A Unique Christmas Party On A Golf Course

Christmas Gatherings

Christmas will be here before you know it – and that means that it’s time to start booking your holiday parties. Whether you’re planning a festive lunch with a few close friends or whether you’ve been put in charge of the company Christmas party for up to 240 guests, the Royal Ashburn Golf Club provides the perfect setting for spreading some holiday cheer.

A quick look at some of our wintertime offerings, and you’ll soon realize that Royal Ashburn isn’t just a summer destination. Our grounds look beautiful in the winter too and we love to decorate our facilities for the holidays.

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Large parties

Finding the ideal venue to host larger parties for companies, and community organizations can be a challenge. Fortunately, the Royal Ashburn provides three great room options for entertaining your guests. Enjoy delicious meals and unsurpassed customer service from our wait staff.

  • The Compton Room is our largest space, accommodating up to 240 guests. Look over the beautiful, snow-covered links as you enjoy a festive meal on this upper-level room. Featuring elegant fixtures, detailed molding, and high ceilings. This space is ideal for a formal sit-down dinner. Or a lively party where you can burn up the dance floor.
  • For a slightly smaller crowd. The Ashburn Room on the main level offers a relaxed atmosphere with views of the golf course. The adjacent solarium with its large fireplace makes for a great pre-dinner reception area.
  • The Butler’s Room offers a more casual atmosphere for up to 60 guests. This room would be a great choice for smaller company parties or even gathering the family together in a friendly, cozy venue. Where you won’t have to worry about post-party clean-up!

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Christmas breakfasts, luncheons and dinners

Of course, not every holiday party has to be an elaborate evening of dining and dancing. If you’re looking for a place to have a nice holiday luncheon or dinner with a small group of friends or co-workers. Then Butler’s Pub and Grill at the Royal Ashburn offers delicious food and a fun atmosphere. Where you can kick back and enjoy other’s company.

If you’ve got little ones joining in on the fun. Then consider making your reservations today for “Brunch with Santa!” being held on December 13, 2015.

Catering

At Royal Ashburn, we love being part of your festive plans and making your holiday parties a little easier. But not every Christmas party we are part of takes place at our facilities. If you’ve already got a venue but would like someone else to do the cooking, then be sure to check out our Christmas catering packages.

These packages that serve 8-10 and 20 people respectively include everything you need for the perfect holiday meal including a carved turkey, roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, homemade gravy, dinner rolls and our famous sticky pudding.

So whether you’re making plans for a large party or a small one, the Royal Ashburn can help you make your celebrations special and memorable. Call us today to inquire about availability.

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