Chamber News & Views

Published on: September 27, 2018

Golf Cart Poker Run returns

We’re baaaaack! Back by popular demand, the chamber’s golf cart poker run returns in October. I know many of you remember it’s the first Friday of the month from October until May. But we’re changing things up for the first run. Just for October, the poker run is the second Friday (Oct. 12) from 1 to 3 p.m. We had to make the move since the chamber’s Annual Fall Business Expo is the first Thursday of the month (Oct. 4), so the golf cart poker run would be the very next day. That would mean you would be forced to interact with chamber staff, volunteers, and members two days in a row. We know that we are all adorable, likable and unforgettable, but two days in a row might be a little much. So for October, the second Friday it is. We hope you will participate.

For those of you who have never given golf cart poker runs a shot, here’s how it works: Seven businesses sign up to become stops along the Sun City Center golf cart path. Golf cart drivers and their passengers stop by each of these local businesses to get a tour, some refreshments and handouts, and most importantly, a poker card. It gives business owners the chance to explain their business or services to residents. Golf cart participants get to meet those business owners who they may not already know, and also get to hang out with other residents who are along for the ride. The chamber is always the last stop where participants discard their worst two cards to try to get a winning poker hand. The top three winners get prizes, and the refreshments and camaraderie continue.

Here’s how you can become involved: If you are a business located along the golf cart path, you just need to sign up and stock up on those goodie bags. However, if you do not have a storefront along the golf cart path, we’ll set you up with a table at the chamber. For business owners, the cost is $50 to become a stop whether it’s at your place of business or if you set up at the chamber. 

If you are a golf cart driver or passenger, $10 per person gives you the chance to join the group and play poker in your golf cart. 

Chamber members, if you want to become a stop, call me at 813-634-5111, so I can reserve your space. Participants, we ask you to RVSP the Thursday before to give all our stops a head-count. I look forward to seeing you all on Oct. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Remember: Food, fun, camaraderie and poker.

Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email