Preconference activities

Join your industry colleagues for a day at TPC Louisiana, part of the Audubon Golf Trail, which stretches over 250 acres of wetlands across along the Mississippi River delta. True to Pete Dye's style, the golf course features over 100 bunkers, balanced by a series of short and compelling par-4 holes. The five sets of tees, ranging from a fair 5,121 yards from the women's tees all the way back to the 7,400 PGA Tour tees, offers golfers of all skill levels a great blend of challenge and playability to stretch your legs as we kick off the week. TPC Louisiana is consistently included in GolfWeek's "Best Courses You Can Play." (Golf Digest 2011 Top 100 public Golf Course)

The per-person cost of $280 includes:

  • Breakfast in the lobby 6:30 AM
  • Roundtrip transportation to TPC Louisiana
  • Green fees
  • Cart rental fees
  • Range balls
  • Grab-and-go lunch

Club and shoe rentals are available at additional cost:

  • Rental clubs: $94
    • Nike, Callaway, Taylormade, and Titleist available
    • Includes two sleeves of balls
  • Rental shoes: $25
    • FootJoy GreenJoy golf shoes available

Join the Make It Right Foundation for a walking tour of the Lower 9th Ward to experience first-hand how innovative partnerships and community-led design sessions are transforming the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, Make It Right builds homes, buildings, and communities for people in need. Its work has revived the Lower 9th with innovative, resilient building that maintains the community's vibrant atmosphere and ensures its long-term sustainability. Bag lunches will be provided.

The per-person cost of $108 includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation to the Lower 9th Ward
  • Walking tour of the Lower 9th Ward provided by Make It Right representatives
  • Site visit of existing homes during construction phase (if available)
  • One bottled water
  • $45 donation to the Make It Right Foundation

Journey through the French Quarter – the "Vieux Carre" – by horse-drawn carriage, where you'll pass by the oldest sector of the city's eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and Spanish architecture, the oldest Cathedral and apartment buildings in America, and the myriad courtyards, patios, enchanting alleys, artists, outdoor markets, and vistas of the Mississippi River that make the oldest sector of the city the heart of New Orleans.

Then, satisfy your post-ride cravings with cook extraordinaire, Amy Sins who will treat you to an entertaining and interactive culinary experience that ends with a restaurant-quality meal you can easily recreate at home. You'll enjoy everything from Creole and Cajun classics to modern interpretations of traditional favorites. Get as hands-on as you'd like, or sit back and observe with a glass of wine in hand.

The per-person cost of $265 includes:

  • Pick-up at the Hyatt by horse-drawn carriage and narrated tour of the French Quarter
  • Interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Amy Sins
  • Three-course meal with a drink
  • Return transportation to the Hyatt

Explore the spooky side of the old French Quarter, and wash it all down with a taste of New Orleans' classic cocktails. Take an evening stroll through "America's most haunted city," where you'll hear sinister tales from the city's storied history, and perhaps even encounter the ghosts who linger behind. Then, drink away the sorrows of the past at one of NoLa's oldest restaurants, a former Spanish armory which has survived decades of war, depression, fire, and plague, where you'll learn how to make two New Orleans classic cocktails – a Sazerac and a Pimm's Cup. An evening not for the faint of heart.

The per-person cost of $107 includes:

  • Narrated walking haunted history tour through New Orleans' historic French Quarter
  • Cocktail demonstration at Tujaque's highlighting the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup, with a sample of each
  • One bottled water