6/19/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Developing Balance

Today we invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, our director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee–who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness–shows Gene how to improve balance using the Bosu Ball.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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6/17/13

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Five Tips for a Great Rehearsal Dinner

When it comes to your wedding, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner can set the overall tone for the event. After months (or longer) of planning for one of the most important days of your life, you want to make sure that the night before your wedding is a stress-free, rejuvenating time with friends and family. Today, Garden of the Gods Club’s Catering Manager Constanze Strader shares her insight on planning a memorable, relaxing rehearsal dinner. Keep reading to learn more.

Your rehearsal dinner should be a fun, intimate, and relaxing evening before your wedding day.

Your rehearsal dinner should be a fun, intimate, and relaxing evening before your wedding day.

1. Double-check your guest list. “One of the most important things you should do when planning your rehearsal dinner is to ensure that all of the right people have been invited,” Constanze emphasized. “Anyone who plays a role in the ceremony in any way should be present at the rehearsal dinner,” she continued. “If you have guests who have traveled from out of state or country to attend your wedding, it is customary to invite them to the rehearsal dinner as well.”

2. Provide transportation for out-of-town guests. “If you do have people who have traveled to attend your wedding, it is courteous to provide transportation from the hotel to the location of your rehearsal dinner,” Constanze explained. “This makes it much easier on the guest, as he or she doesn’t need to worry about renting a car or finding another mode of transportation.”

3. Don’t overshadow the wedding. “Although this advice may seem obvious, it’s important not to duplicate the same food from your wedding during your rehearsal dinner,” Constanze said. “The style of the rehearsal dinner should complement the wedding, rather than overshadow it,” she added. “The rehearsal dinner can be as simple as an outdoor picnic, or it can be a more formal event. You can be as creative as you want with the rehearsal dinner.”

4. Thank your attendants. “The rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to present gifts to your groomsmen and bridesmaids, as well as anybody else that has helped and supported you during the process of planning your wedding,” Constanze said. “It’s important to express your gratitude to those who have come alongside you to help make your wedding day a great one!”

5. Be aware of timing. “You want to be relaxed and refreshed for your wedding day,” Constanze said. “With this in mind, be cognizant of how late you will be up for your rehearsal dinner,” she continued. “It’s best to end the rehearsal dinner early so that you have time to get enough rest for your wedding day.”

With wedding season in full swing, we hope that these tips help you or somebody that you know to pull off a great rehearsal dinner. Do you have any other helpful tips for a successful rehearsal dinner? If so, please share them in the comments box below.


If you or somebody that you know is recently engaged or planning a wedding, consider Garden of the Gods Club for the wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Set against the striking red rocks of Garden of the Gods Park, the Club’s relaxed elegance is the perfect place in which to begin a life together. To learn more, please contact Catering Manager Constanze Strader at 719.520.4978, or cstrader@ggclub.com.

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6/12/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Lower Body Strength

Today we invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, GGC’s director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee–who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness–shows Gene how to strengthen his quads and hamstrings.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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6/10/13

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Four Creative Bachelorette Party Ideas

If you have the privilege of being a maid (or matron) of honor, you will love today’s blog post! To help the bride celebrate her last days of being single, here are some creative ideas for how to make her bachelorette party a memorable one. Keep reading to learn more.

These ideas will help you create a fun, memorable bachelorette party!

Plan a fun bachelorette party, and create great memories!

1. Take a trip to the mountains. If you’re getting married in Colorado, consider throwing a mountain-themed bachelorette party. If you’re an outdoorsy type, take your guests on an overnight camping trip, complete with hiking, beautiful scenery, s’mores, and a campfire. You can also add in some adventure with a rafting or mountain biking trip. If you would prefer a classier outing, visit a day spa in a quaint mountain town, and then get dressed up for a nice dinner afterward. Nature is a great backdrop for a bachelorette party!

2. Enjoy a wine tasting. If you are a wine lover, your bachelorette party is an excellent opportunity to gather your pals and plan a tour of some great wineries—and you may be surprised to learn that Colorado is home to a variety of wineries. Click here for a list of Colorado wineries.  After tasting some delicious wines, visit local a restaurant for dinner or enjoy an evening of dancing.

3. Escape for a weekend getaway. If you’re itching for a fun girlfriend getaway, your bachelorette party is a perfect excuse to do so! In an article, on TheKnot.com (a leading resource for all things wedding-related),  Hannah Soo Park  shares excellent ideas for nearly any bride. From the adventurous to the health-conscious, you will find an escape that appeals to you.

4. Throw a karaoke party. Need an excuse to belt out all of your favorite tunes? Throw a karaoke-themed bachelorette party! Click here for a list  of some fun songs to include in the karaoke list. Make sure to take plenty of photos throughout the night for a great laugh after the party.

We hope that these ideas help you or somebody that you know plan an unforgettable bachelorette party. Do you have any other creative ideas for how to throw a great bachelorette party? If so, please share them in the comments box below.


If you, or somebody you know, is recently engaged or planning a wedding, consider Garden of the Gods Club for the bridal shower, bachelorette spa getaway, or wedding ceremony and/or reception. Set against the striking red rocks of Garden of the Gods Park, the Club’s relaxed elegance is the perfect place in which to begin a life together. To learn more, please contact Catering Manager Constanze Strader at 719.520.4978, or cstrader@ggclub.com.

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6/5/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Strengthening the Upper Body

We invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, Garden of the Gods Club’s director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee—who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness—shows Gene how to strengthen his upper body using dumbbells and a balance ball.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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