Hunting for red sleds, and other scrounged and scavenged items, at Ruby Hill Golf Club.
As a club manager first for ClubCorp properties and then at Victoria (Texas) Country Club, Chris Stewart, CCM, has always been big on finding ways to integrate club activities with what’s popular in the “real world” (see “Making Great Ideas Pay Off,” C&RB, April 2008, for a report on the successful “Iron Chef” cooking contest between members that Stewart orchestrated while at Victoria CC).
After arriving last fall to be the new General Manager at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif., it was no surprise that one of the first signs of how Stewart would make his impact and inject new spirit into the property was the success of an event that’s been a tried-and-true favorite of his at previous stops in his career: the Limo Scavenger Hunt.
|THE GOAL: Create new fun and camaraderie for members of Ruby Hill Golf Club through “real world” activities that have always proven popular.THE PLAN: Organize a Limo Scavenger Hunt where teams of 10 direct their drivers to help them search for items with varying point values—everything from white go-go boots (20 points) to a ceramic garden gnome (five).
THE PAYOFF: Over 70 members and guests participated; demand was strong enough that a waiting list had to be created. The event created “tons of energy” and helped to demonstrate a new spirit being brought to the club by a new management team. The Limo Scavenger Hunt will now have a regular spot on an expanded list of creative events now being organized by the club staff.
On a Friday night in March, over 70 members arrived at the Ruby Hill clubhouse at 6 PM for a cocktail hour with heavy appetizers. Organized into teams of 10, they were briefed on the rules and given a bag that included a disposable camera, $10 in cash to get photos developed, a wine opener, a pen and most importantly, a list of nearly 100 items, with varying point values, of potential prey. The list included everything from a live possum (20 points) to a photo of group members spelling out “Ruby Hill” with their bodies (10) to a red sled (five), Mexican sombrero (three) or Nerf basketball (one).
The teams then piled into limousines stocked with beer and wine and set out at 6:45 PM, strategizing how to seek and capture the items that would be the most accessible and amass the most points. All limos had to be back at the clubhouse by 9:30 PM, with points deducted for any that were late. More fun was had well into the night as everyone’s haul from the hunt was displayed, and points were tallied. The winning team received five hours of limo service for a future time and purpose of their choosing. “It was an incredible event with tons of energy,” says Stewart, “and we look forward to doing it again.”
View Ruby Hill Golf Club’s Limousine Scavenger Hunt list.