In the past, when you were trying to entertain a business client, you brought them out to the golf course. While that’s still an option, it’s no longer the default. Those days are being ushered out with a new wave of CEOs who are looking for alternatives to golfing to entertain their clients.
Luckily for business owners, Raleigh—and the rest of the Triangle—is growing day by day with new opportunities for unique, fun ways to spend time with those you do business with. We have done the research for you and have found seven great golfing alternatives so you can entertain your clients—and actually have fun yourself, too.
6901 Play Golf Way
Raleigh, NC 27607
Website: Drive Shack
Ok, ok, ok. This sounds a lot like bringing your clients out to the golf course. But Drive Shack has everything you love about golfing minus the things you hate (like lugging your clubs across the entire course), plus extras that make this modern driving range a great place for entertaining.
Drive Shack allows you to rent out a private bay where you and up to five others can spend a few hours hitting balls out into their enclosed driving range. But what sets them apart from a traditional driving range is that they incorporate augmented reality into their games. The range tracks your ball while you choose from a variety of games that tests your skill (and maybe your luck) while you compete against others.
And to top it off, Drive Shack has a full menu of food and drinks that they’ll bring right to you. Walk up to the tee, do your best, then head back to your seat to enjoy hot nachos and beer. It’s everything you’ve always wanted a golf business meeting to be.
The Carolina Hurricanes
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Website: Carolina Hurricanes
An NHL game is a fun, high-energy way to spend time with your clients. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, or the Canes, as they’re affectionally referred to here, play in the 20,000-seat PNC arena. You and your clients, surrounded by the emotional, energetic fans and players alike, can enjoy delicious, local craft beer from a number of Raleigh’s breweries while cheering on one of Oak City’s favorite teams.
A Canes game is a fantastic way to give your client a unique experience that they won’t usually get during business trips, especially if they’re from more Southern states.
Boxcar Bar & Arcade
330 W. Davie St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Website: Boxcar Bar & Arcade
There’s nothing that screams Raleigh like a barcade, a bar and arcade hybrid where you can play classic 80s and 90s arcade games while enjoying a drink. Boxcar boasts over 70 arcade cabinets, more than a dozen pinball machines, and 175 and counting console games.
Boxcar’s full liquor bar is reasonably priced and showcases 24 constantly rotating American craft brews, giving a nod to Raleigh’s ever-growing brewery scene. Boxcar gives you and your clients a laid back, enjoyable experience where you can show clients a great time in a relaxed atmosphere right in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
510 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Website: Epic Axe
Axe throwing is the modern-day bowling, but better. At Epic Axe, you and your clients undergo a quick safety training and instruction, then go to your lane and start throwing hatchets at a wooden target. It sounds simple, and it is, but it’s also exhilarating. Axe throwing is a great way to get to know your clients and entertain them in a much more lively setting than the golf course.
Epic Axe is the only axe throwing facility in Raleigh with food and a full-service bar, so it’s a great place to grab a bite and have fun at the same time. Located inside Southern Charred, you have access to delicious barbecue and a huge selection of beers and cocktails while chucking your hatchets.
Outdoor Expeditions USA
Shearon Harris Reservoir
11588 NC Hwy 42
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Website: Outdoor Expeditions USA
While Raleigh and the rest of the Triangle are known for the tech scene, the area is also home to fantastic fishing, which can be a nice reprieve from the fast pace of business meetings and meeting deadlines. Outdoor Expeditions USA offers guided fishing on some of the state’s best lakes for bass, crappie, and white perch.
Freshwater fishing is a great way to unwind and enjoy the beauty that the Triangle has to offer. You can choose a half-day or three-hour guided tour on the Shearon Harris Reservoir, Jordan Lake, or Falls Lake. Outdoor Expedition provides you with high-quality equipment and comfortable, state-of-the-art boats so you can have a great time without worrying about any of the details.
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Website: Kings Dining & Entertainment
Kings Dining & Entertainment is the perfect place to bring clients if you want to cover all the bases. You can eat, drink, and have a great time at this 30,000-square-foot entertainment venue.
Kings has bowling, billiards, ping pong, foosball, a retro arcade, plus more. And with over 30 massive TVs, you and your clients can enjoy all of the sports action no matter what you’re in to. Their full-service restaurant and bar serve up a huge selection of award-winning food and craft beers.
Kings offers all of these options and amenities without coming across as tacky or adolescent. This is a great option if you want to entertain and wind down with clients while still making a professional impression.
Flywheel Sports Raleigh
402 Oberlin Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27605
Website: Flywheel Sports Raleigh
More and more, business executives are finding ways of blending work and play, and that’s nowhere more evident than in the new “sweatworking” trend, where CEOs and other company leaders meet clients for runs or exercise classes. Here in Raleigh, Flywheel Sports is the perfect place to make that happen.
Flywheel Sports Raleigh is a boutique group cycling facility where you come to sweat while catching up with clients. These days, you don’t have time for a 2-hour power lunch, and many execs are health-focused and want to navigate the day as efficiently as possible. A cycling class at Flywheel Sports is the answer to the modern way of doing business while still providing your client with something fun and challenging while they’re in your care.