Grey Oaks Country Club Hosts 12th Annual Ladies' Golf Invitational "Under the Deep Blue Sea"

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Due to its popularity, the Grey Oaks Country Club Annual Ladies’ Golf Invitational is the event everyone plans around. And after experiencing this year’s Invitational, one can certainly understand why.

Mermaid Ice Sculpture

You know you have made it when you get the invitation to the Grey Oaks Ladies’ Invitational!

Each year, in late February or early March, Grey Oaks Country Club plays host to one of the largest Ladies’ Golf Invitational events at any private club in the country. The Invitational exemplifies the Club’s commitment to embracing female golfers of all ages and skill levels. This February 27th and 28th marked the Club’s 12th Annual Ladies’ Golf Invitational. Over the years, each Invitational has had a unique theme and this year was no exception. For two days, the 264 ladies in attendance took over Grey Oaks Country Club and embarked on an “Under the Deep Blue Sea” adventure, tying together all aspects of an underwater wonderland.

Let the Games Begin...
Due to its popularity, the Grey Oaks Country Club Annual Ladies’ Golf Invitational is the event everyone plans around. And after experiencing this year’s Invitational, one can certainly understand why. The ladies participated in a full schedule for the two-day event. Their journey began Monday for lunch at the apropos aquatic setting of the Grey Oaks Pool with the “Mystical Underwater Life.” The décor included a live mermaid basking in a shell and pictures were taken with an underwater backdrop and a visit from King Neptune. Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” checked in the players and directed them to the three golf courses, “Atlantic” Pine, “Pacific” Palm, and “Arctic” Estuary, where various course décor allowed players to experience the theme. Players on the “Atlantic” Pine golf course had an extra treat as they drove on the cart path from #2 to #3 through the tunnel that replicated the mouth of a shark. This was the only time that the lakes of our Florida property, normally patrolled by alligators, also had shark fins throughout. Whether a competitive or non-competitive golfer, the event welcomed ladies of all handicap levels.

Day One of the Invitational...
During the first round, Mother Nature fittingly had her say in the theme when, after 5 holes of play, the skies opened up. The players, in good spirit after being drenched, took the rest of the afternoon off and returned to an underwater wonderland at the 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception of the “Enchanting Life under the Sea.” The Grey Oaks Clubhouse was transformed into the underwater world of all kinds of sea life, terrain, and even a treasure chest. Greeting the players at the entrance to the Main Clubhouse was once again the mermaid in the shell on the Club’s fountain display. Jellyfish floating above lined the interior entrance of the Clubhouse and the expanse of the dining room represented the oceans with deep blue colored drapery lining the walls and windows. The Arctic Seascape was located in an alcove of the dining room complete with polar bears, penguins, and a snow covered terrain. Located front and center was a beautiful mermaid ice sculpture and the tables were creatively decorated with vases full of various flora and fauna of the marine world.

Day Two of the Invitational...
The second day began with a continental breakfast before the “Dive into the Sea” continued at 8:30 a.m. Luckily, Mother Nature agreed to spare the players from another watery scene and provided a picture perfect day. The afternoon was wrapped up with the players “drifting” back to the Clubhouse for the Luncheon and Awards Banquet. Among the many flight prizes awarded, there were also winners for those who were “Closest-to-the-Wave” in certain fairways and those who were “Closest-to-the-Mermaid” on certain greens throughout the three courses. An award was also given to the team with the most spirit for decorating their cart and themselves. There were many spirited teams including underwater divers and yellow submarines, but the award went to Olivia the Octopus on top of the cart created by the “Spongebob” players. The ladies were also given several theme related favors for their participation.

Event Preparation…
The ability for Grey Oaks Country Club to put on such a prestigious event and create so many memories requires a tremendous amount of collaboration. A Planning Committee of Grey Oaks Members goes to great lengths to master the details of this coveted event. For the entire year leading up to the Ladies’ Invitational, the Grey Oaks team combines their efforts in preparation for and in anticipation of the event. This involves participation from every department in the community: golf, food and beverage, kitchen, fitness, golf maintenance, building, housekeeping, human resources, administration, and marketing. And the members that pulled it all together are Gwyn Sanford (Chairperson), Susan Levitt, Patti Miesel, Kiki Banks, Marge Schreier, Cyndy Stout, Kathy Vail, Bev Cherry, Karen Tambellini, Liz Arnold, Donna Manchen, and Beth Grossman.

One of our guests said it best as she concluded her visit with us: “You know you have made it when you get the invitation to the Grey Oaks Ladies’ Invitational.”

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