This week, I am planning an event for a client group that is staying at a private, members-only club. I am impressed by the facilities that some private clubs have that are perfect for group events.
Some private clubs of today are from a bygone era; some were formed around a common interest, such as golf, sailing, polo, or yachting. Most have spacious lounges for receptions, boardrooms, and dining facilities. Some have wine cellars and others offer culinary events.
At many private clubs, members enjoy reciprocal privileges at affiliated clubs around the world.
In the past, only members and their guests could host events at these exclusive venues. Some clubs are opening up to make their facilities available for non-member events.
Royal Canadian Yacht Club
A haven for members who enjoy yachting and sailing, Royal Canadian Yacht Club has a tradition dating back to 1852. The club also has facilities for fitness, squash, badminton, and swimming. One of the club's unique features is the spectacular view of Toronto that it offers from its location on The Toronto Islands. Corporate guests can take advantage of corporate sailing packages.
Meeting and event venues can accommodate up to 250 guests. An enclosed verandah takes advantage of the clubs spectacular view of the city.
Located on Lake Ontario, The Boulevard Club is available for meetings, conferences, and corporate events. Function spaces include a ballroom, the Terrace Room, a solarium, and an executive boardroom.
There are recreational facilities for tennis, badminton, dragon boating, fitness, lawn bowling, swimming, and yachting.
For more information about private clubs, also consult Private Club Event Myths: Busted.
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