Gemma Craig Highlights the Importance of Communication in Event Planning

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Gemma Craig is the Director of Private Events at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club and with an extensive background in the hospitality industry, she knows what it takes to create memorable experiences. 

From a championship 18-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course to restaurants and other amenities, the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club has a lot to offer members.

All of these offerings and more serve as the perfect backdrop for a special event, and as the Director of Private Events, it’s Gemma’s job to bring her clients’ visions to life. 

Enjoy her Q&A!

What makes the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club the perfect venue for a special event? 

Tampa Palms is a beautiful private golf and country club tucked away in New Tampa with 5 different event spaces and incredible natural views. Our certified Audobon Sanctuary golf course lends itself to challenging and exciting golf tournaments, and our Grand Ballroom is the perfect place for large gatherings and thoughtfully designed weddings. 

What’s your best piece of event planning advice? 

To be unclear is to be unkind. Clear communication to both your client and the team is essential for strong, reliable relationships and event success. 

What’s the most fulfilling aspect of your job? 

The impact on people’s lives has been by far the best part of my career. From brides, grooms, and their families, to nonprofit organizations hosting inaugural or annual fundraisers. Being a small, inspirational element to their special events makes the hard work and challenges worth it. 

What do you love most about Tampa?

Tampa is vibrant! I love uncovering the history of Tampa Bay, exploring state parks, dining in new restaurants, and watching the city grow. And of course, the weather is great!

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