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This summer, Destination Geneva National will debut The Dance Floor, a new entertainment playground, which will include a lighted, 27-hole, bentgrass putting course, as well as fire features, bocce ball, a surround-sound system and an on-site taco bar cantina. The space will be open to Destination Geneva National members and residents, as well as the general public. The addition of the putting course aims to keep people golfing into the evening and welcome new players into the game, echoing a similar move by other top golf destinations around the United States.
The putting course was designed by Craig Haltom, a landscape architect and golf designer who trained in Edinburgh, Scotland, before returning to his home state of Wisconsin. Haltom positioned the putting course between the Geneva National Clubhouse, the 18th hole of the Arnold Palmer-designed course and the first hole of the Gary Player-designed course. The Dance Floor covers an entire acre overlooking Lake Como.
The on-site taco bar cantina will offer drinks and snacks for those enjoying the new putting course. The menu will be designed by Geneva National’s in- house culinary team, led by Chef Ryne Harwick. The cantina will remain open to the public during all open hours, but the putting course can be reserved for private events of up to 100 people, all of whom can be playing the course at one time. Private rentals include putter rental and logoed golf balls, as well as private seating around three fire features, and use of the bocce court and corn hole games.
Destination Geneva National COO Glen Murray says he is excited about what The Dance Floor can offer. “Golf is booming over the last decade, but still, the game only attracts less than 10% of the U.S. population,” he explained. “For demand to grow, the definition of golf had to change — and it has. The new frontier of golf is to welcome everybody — to be more accessible and introduce alternative ways to have fun while playing golf.” Murray says The Dance Floor aims to create that space for everyone to enjoy the sport. “Here, the name ‘Dance Floor’ means more than just golf slang for the green; it truly is a golf entertainment center for all ages.”