Welcome Tay “Ty” Dubocq – the New Director of Catering At Deer Creek

Welcome Tay “Ty” Dubocq – the New Director of Catering At Deer Creek

Everyone at Deer Creek Golf Club is so happy to welcome our new Director of Catering, Tay Dybocq! Tay is an experienced wedding planner, catering manager, events coordinator, and all-round wonder woman. She has a knack for making dream weddings come true and creating memorable mid-week conferences and events.

Tay comes to us from the Palm Beach Marriot Resort & Spa. All said and done, Tay has over a decade of experience in South Florida events venue coordination and international sales.

We asked her to talk a little about herself and what get her into event planning. This is what she told us:

Q: What drew you to get into catering and event planning?

TD: Since I was a young girl, I have always enjoyed hosting and planning a party! I took upon myself the planning of family events, school dances and activities, neighborhood holiday parties, summer BBQs, and all other year-round gatherings; it was then when I decided that I wanted to focus my career in Catering and Event & Wedding Planning.

Q: What do you think is the most important ingredient/element of successful event planning?

TD: It’s all in the details! From the moment you start planning your event – from vision, structuring a planning timeline, meeting with all vendors, to tracking RSVPs and Vendor Payments, etc., it’s important to be organized and detailed to ensure a successful event.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure desert?

TD: Oh my! You put me on the spot! Just kidding! I will never say no to crème brûlée, tiramisu, or affogato.

Q: What was your favorite unplanned moment in an event you have planned?

TD: Funny you ask me this… this was actually my own 30th Birthday. I had this entire vision in my mind of what I wanted my 30th Birthday to be! I had theme, menu planned, invitations ordered, cake designed, everything! Then my husband cancelled the party and told me “you are not going to plan your own birthday party.” So, I threw away all invitations and sadly (maybe even mad) I stopped planning the entire event. Long story short, it was the best surprise party EVER! I was not in control and I was completely surprised by my husband, friends, and family who delivered my vision in a way that I would’ve never imagined. It was a fun day!

Q: Do you love or hate Pinterest?

TD: I like it! I occasionally use it as a source of inspiration to get my creative mind going.

Q: What is one pitfall that amateur event planners fall into often?

TD: I would say understanding contracts/catering terms and event budgeting.

Q: What quick advice would you give a couple who is planning a wedding by themselves?

TD: Hire professionals! Industry professionals gain their reputation because they consistently offer outstanding services to their clients. A professional vendor will take great care of you and your guests, and will take a huge burden off your shoulders as a couple. Also, enjoy the process! It is a once in a lifetime event – the day you have been planning since you were young and it’s a reason for celebration. Everything you do in the planning process should be an enjoyable experience. Trust your professionals and let them guide you – sit back, make choices, and enjoy every moment!

We also asked Tay Dybocq if she has any words she’d like to say to our lovely readers:

TD: I hope that all of us here at Deer Creek Golf & Country Club have the opportunity to work with you in making sure your day is perfect and just like you imagined!

For more information, call us at our South Florida golf course location and ask to speak with Tay directly.

Tiger Woods Affects Golf Ratings – Viewership up 69%

Tiger Woods Affects Golf Ratings – Viewership up 69%

Tiger Woods affects golf ratings – if that wasn’t obvious enough, then we don’t know what is. What’s incredible is how much he improves ratings even now, all these years after his scandals and his lackluster performances in recent years.

Tiger’s build up to second place in last month’s PGA Champions (just behind our boy Brooker Kopeka) showed a final round spike of 69% viewership in comparison to last year’s final round – and that’s no small feat. It comes out to 6.1% of all households in the U.S. with a T.V. were watching the final round, and 90% of those viewers were rooting for Tiger [1].

I guess we all still love a good comeback story – plus, it’s Tiger Woods. What’s strange is that we’re used to our sporting legends being at the center of heated debates. People still argue if Lebron is better than Jordan, and if Tom Brady really is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. But when it comes to Tiger Woods, everyone roots for him – it’s just so natural.

Because Tiger Woods affects golf ratings, he is building the sport in general which is good for golf courses in South Florida and around the world. 

No other golfers in history have popularized a sport as much as Tiger Woods has for golf. Just looking at his golf stats should be enough to make any golfer’s jaw drop

  • 32 wins between 1999 and 2003. For comparison, no other golfer has won more than 8 times in a 4-year period.
  • He often beat players by 35 strokes in majors – that’s not a lead, that’s an annihilation.
  • He’s won 24% of all games he’s played professionally.

Though Tiger Woods affects golf ratings now, he can’t play forever. Even as he winds down his career, he’ll be playing his back nine in senior tournaments like Nicklaus did into his 80’s.

Sources:

[1]: Hash Sports – Tiger’s Effect On Golf Is Unlike Any Other Athlete In Any Other Sport – Ratings Up 69% (Nice)

2018 Ryder Cup Predictions & Big Picture

2018 Ryder Cup Predictions & Big Picture

It’s time again for the biggest rivalry in golf tournament history, when the best golfers in the United States and Europe compete in a team battle royale to determine which continent has the best champions in the golfing universe: The 2018 Ryder Cup.

This year, the French will have the honor of hosting – though we are still holding out for the day that this fun golf tournament will be played on a South Florida golf course.

The 42nd Ryder Cup is set to take place on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris [1].

The competition begins Friday, September 28, and ends Sunday, September 30, when either Team USA or Team Europe will be crowned the best team golfers in the world – until next the next Ryder Cup that is.

Team USA

Oh boy, team USA is looking strong this year – so strong that we might take the 2018 Ryder Cup! Two-time, back to back U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka is first on the roster, and he’s healthy and dangerous this year. This Florida golf course regular is hot off of his PGA Championship win just weeks ago – and he’s not even the strongest on the team. The USA Ryder Cup team is filled to the absolute top with the best golfers in the world. Just see the roster for yourself:

  • Brooks Koepka
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Justin Thomas
  • Patrick Reed
  • Bubba Watson
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Web Simpson
  • Bubble: Bryson Dechambeau, Phil Mickelson Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele

Of course, Team USA is the current cup holder, so we’re in the best position to really take this one home this year! Perhaps the fans have something to do with it. Serious golf fans will likely recall Peter Willett’s open letter to the “obnoxious” American fans. With such a great team and a pack of wild golf fans behind us, team USA has another clear chance to win the cup this year.

Team Europe

Team Europe has their work cut out for them if they expect to bring home the 2018 Ryder Cup. They haven’t seen a win since 2014, and it’s getting pretty hairy. Notable Team Europe members include Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, and Tommy Fleetwood. Will they be enough to really pull of the win this year?

  • Francesco Molinari
  • Justin Rose
  • Tyrrel Hatton
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Jon Rahm
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Alex Noren
  • Thorbjorn Oleson
  • Bubble: Ian Poulter, Russel Knox, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Sources:

[1]: Wikipedia – 2018 Ryder Cup

Quick Ways to Stay Focused on The Golf Course

Quick Ways to Stay Focused on The Golf Course

 

The secret to stay focused on the golf course has as much to do with what you are doing on the course, and what you are doing off the course. Mental focus is a pyramid, built brick by brick. The good news is that there are quick ways to get focused on your local public golf course the next time you play.

  1. Develop a Mantra

Self help gurus like Time Ferris and Tony Robbins all use mantras to stay in the zone. They use these mantras before going on stage, but you can use these mantras to focus on your putting technique.

The quick way to get into the zone is to use a song, something you can hum, or even just sing along with in your head.

Get it? Got it? Great!

  1. Put the Beer/Cocktail Down

Really? You want to stay focused on the golf course, but you are 4 beers deep before the back nine? It’s not going to happen. Mental focus while golfing requires clarity.

Save the drinks for the 19-hole at the clubhouse.

  1. Evaluate the Course Before Your Turn

While your opponent is swinging, take time to evaluate the course or putting green. You’ll get a few extra minutes to start focusing so when you are up to swing or putt, you will already be 2 steps into your focused Zen.

  1. Dress Comfortably

You know what really gets in the way of your mental focus? Not feeling comfortable. Your golf clothes, shoes, and gloves will all play an important role in allowing you to stay focused on the golf course.

Avoid wearing clothes or hats until you have had a chance to walk around with them. Take any new golf clothes to the driving range first and test them out.

 

Golf News Update: Olympic Golf May Not Happen

Any golf fan who may have been excited to watch the sport take to the Olympic games is going to be disappointed. According to the latest news surrounding the sport of golf being added to the 2016 Olympics, there have been more false starts, stumbles, and duffs on the road to legitimize Olympic golf that it is almost expected to fail miserably.

Deer Creek Golf Course in Deerfield Beach, Florida reported last month that there was a brief glimmer of hope for the sport when Rory McIlroy joined the Olympic roster of golfers headed to Rio. However, earlier this month, McIlroy confirmed that he would not be going amidst concerns about the Zika virus. Mcllroy’s renunciation has caused golf fans and championship golf courses across the U.S. to lose hope in the sport’s participation and success in the 2016 Olympics.

What’s more interesting: The Zika virus has not affected one single person involved with the Olympics in Rio so far. Even more interesting is the fact that no other athletes in any other event at the Olympics have withdrawn because of concerns about Zika. Male golfers are the only ones that are refusing to play because of Zika; every other athlete in the entire competition will be there, including female golfers.

Some South Florida golf courses say that the Zika virus is being used as a smoke screen for the real reason why male golfers are refusing to play in the Olympics. Rumored reasons are that Rio is too far, the Olympics is not part of golf culture, and the main reason is that there are too many majors occurring during the same time, which are more important to their careers. The U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championships, Fed Ex Cup and Ryders are coming up and many golfers may want to take a break and relax or mentally prepare for those championships instead.