Just as individuals who live in Columbia can receive discounted membership rates, for fitness programs and other benefits, so too do those who work full-time on Columbia Association (CA)-assessed property. We know that companies recognize the importance of having happy and healthy employees, who are more productive, have a greater level of satisfaction with their place of employment and have more balanced lifestyles.

We want the individuals who work here to have similar opportunities as those who live here. That’s one reason why CA offers discounts to employees, as well as packages to companies seeking to enroll 10 or more people in CA memberships. Those packages are available to major employers and small businesses. Companies seeking more information can e-mail CorporateMemberships@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Individuals seeking memberships can fill out a corporate application online; be prepared to provide a copy of your most recent pay stub showing the company’s address on CA-assessed property and a full-time status of at least 35 hours worked per week. To learn more, e-mail CA’s Customer and Member Service Center at CMSC@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

In addition, all Howard County Government employees receive up to 25% off of CA’s most popular memberships; however, no one may receive more than one applicable discounted fee.

CA also offers great venues for corporate outings. Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club recently opened its new clubhouse and turnhouse and is a nice setting for meetings, tournaments and charity events. Businesses do not need to be located in Columbia or, in general, Howard County, to have an outing at the facility. Staff will handle all the details so that guests can focus on enjoying their events.

Hobbit’s Glen can host between 12 and 140 guests, who are served food from the COHO Grill and can play on one of the best golf courses in the area. CA’s Fairway Hills Golf Club hosts outings, as well, ranging from just 12 guests from the office playing a round of golf to a 144-person event.

Columbia SportsPark provides corporate outings that are great for teambuilding, school outings, fundraisers and other family-friendly events for up to 500 people. The offerings at the SportsPark go beyond miniature golf and batting cages and include other fun activities, such as corn hole, tug-o-war, horseshoes and volleyball. Customizable packages are available that can add a moon bounce, gladiator jousting, a dunking booth, a photo booth and more.

CA is continuing to build upon its relationships with the business community and other stakeholders. We appreciate all you do to make Columbia and Howard County a community of choice.

E-mail milton.matthews@columbiaassociation.org with questions/comments.