Drones overhead, camouflage gear and explosions in a lake. Last Thursday was a crazy day at the office. No, we weren’t on the battlefield, it was just business as usual for RealMassive. On Thursday, we spent the day working on the green at Austin’s beloved landmark Lions Golf Course for The Commercial Brokers Association of Austin’s 2014 annual golf tournament.
The theme was “Caddyshack,” and the golf course was covered with CRE professionals sporting their best Bushwood eighties-style garb for a great day of fun on the golf course and for a chance to win the “Best Costume” prize of $500, which was awarded to Austin Office Space’s David Bremer.
The Lions club was a bit less stringent than Bushwood. In fact, betting was encouraged, golf-carts collided and many golf clubs didn’t make it through the day. Inspired by Bill Murray’s character, I did my best to represent Carl Spackler and take out gophers. “In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, ‘Au revoir, gopher.’”
Golf balls were flying, beers were toasted (ahem, shotgunned), and a drone flew overhead capturing the whole thing on camera. Yes, a drone. When RealMassive sponsors an event, we don’t just roll out a corporate banner. We break out the drones! After all, here at RealMassive we embrace the ever-evolving world of new technologies and how they operate. The debut of the drone reflected our thirst for innovation, and got many a golfer talking. Our designated drone pilot, Chris Ivester, was charged with the important task of dive-bombing unsuspecting golfers and monitoring the course for any suspicious activity. We take golf very seriously here at RealMassive.
We sponsored Hole 17, which was deemed the “party hole,” where RealMassive had two tents set up complete with three coolers full of Blueberry Jell-O shots and Texas craft beers served in our company’s koozies, for all the thirsty golfers. Who doesn’t want a cold beer on the golf course? Chris nervously warded off eager, would-be drone pilots, while Angela Franz reunited with her former CBRE colleagues. Our hole had a great view of the pond, so we were privy to lots of balls that were sliced into the water and golfers yelling obscene comments.
Proceeds from the event went toward Explore Austin, a nonprofit that connects underprivileged youth with access to outdoor activities aiding in the development of character, confidence and responsibility. We met and mingled with a lot of great people at the event and appreciated the enthusiasm that the community of CRE professionals expressed toward RealMassive.
Still dressed in colorful plaid pants and Lacoste shirts, the party continued at the first annual CBA 19th Hole after-party. Bets were placed on the putting green and CRE professionals downed sliders and fries from the Peached Tortilla food truck, as Waterloo Revival rocked the house.
It was a great day. In the words of Ty Webb, “There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen and be the ball.” We took his advice, and we had a ball.