84th NRA Annual Convention

October 23-27, 2017 · The Ritz-Carlton Bacara · Santa Barbara, California

— Golf —

NRA Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:30pm Shotgun Start

This year’s NRA Scramble Golf Tournament in Santa Barbara will be held at the Sandpiper Golf Club, which features an inspiring combination of challenge and beauty with breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole.

To participate in the golf tournament, please sign-up on the convention’s online registration form and be sure to fill in the names of the members with whom you would like to play.

Cost: $210 per person (lunch included), $90 per club rental, must bring own shoes (no refunds available after October 20, 2017)

— Optional Tours —

Double Dolphin Coastal Charter

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Experience a coast cruise aboard Santa Barbara’s most popular sailboat, the Double Dolphin, a 50-foot sailing catamaran. This is an amazing treat you’ll remember forever! Not only will you get to view Santa Barbara’s majestic coastline, but you’ll also enjoy seeing abundant marine life including California sea lions, birds, and an occasional dolphin. Be sure to bring comfortable layered clothing, tennis-type shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

Cost: $210 per person. (no refunds available after October 20, 2017)

Pence Ranch & Winery and Roblar Winery Tour

Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:30am - 4:30pm

Pence Ranch & Winery is a small vineyard producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the western edges of Santa Barbara County. Pence farms organically and strives to produce wines that give pleasure and have flavor. In fact, they are focused on producing the finest Burgundian-inspired wines made in the New World. They strive for sustainability in all they do and grow everything themselves. This philosophy extends to their ranch and farm operations which emphasize heirloom fruit orchards, vegetables and olives. You’ll also visit Roblar Winery, nestled on an oak tree-studded 40-acre site located in the heart of Santa Barbara County. Roblar Winery and Vineyards reflects the spirit of Santa Ynez Valley — rustic, authentic, and bold.

Cost: $240 per person. (no refunds available after October 20, 2017)

— Spouse/Guest Program —

Red Tile Walking Tour

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

While Santa Barbara is a blend of many architectural styles, visitors and residents alike identify it with the broad patios, thick adobe walls, trademark red-tiled roofs and vibrant tiled floors. These attributes distinguish Santa Barbara as one of America’s great architectural cities. During our guided walking tour, you’ll enjoy many of the city’s 76 designated historic landmarks including the courthouse, Casa de la Guerra, El Paseo and Lobero Theatre. Afterward, you’ll be able to enjoy time on Santa Barbara’s famous State Street filled with specialty shops, eateries and museums. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, appropriate walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.

Cost: $100 per person.

Olive Oil Blending Class

Thursday, October 26, 2017
10:00am - 11:00am

There is really nothing quite like dipping a piece of freshly baked bread into a bowl of local olive oil or tossing it with some perfectly paired fresh Central Coast veggies. Discover the fresh taste of Rancho Olivos Extra Virgin Olive Oils with the owner/proprietor Shannon Casey. Rancho Olivos are all grown, harvested, milled and bottled in Santa Ynez … just north of Santa Barbara. After sampling, you’ll custom blend your own bottle of olive oil with various herbs.

Cost: $100 per person.

— Receptions & Dinners —

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Reunite with friends and colleagues at the Welcome Reception, which officially kicks-off NRA’s 84th Annual Convention!

Cost: This event is included in the cost of your registration fee.

Chairman's Reception

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Review the day’s events as you convene with fellow attendees at this relaxing event.

Cost: This event is included in the cost of your registration fee.

Tabletop Exhibit & Reception

Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Tabletop Reception & Exhibit is the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Visit industry suppliers’ booths to learn about the latest advancements in the industry as you enjoy delicious food and cocktails. For details on how to become an exhibitor, click here.

Cost: This event is included in the cost of your registration fee.

Friday Night Beach Reception & Dinner

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Special plans for this year’s dinner are underway. Check back soon to learn more!

Cost: This event is included in the cost of your registration fee.

— Suggested Dress —

Dressing for Convention

NRA’s Annual Convention is resort casual for all business meetings and social events. Please keep in mind that the average high temperature in Santa Barbara in October is 73 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to bring layers that you can adjust as needed for changes in temperature. Following are some suggested dress guidelines to help you.

Suggested Menswear for all Events

  • button down shirts or polo shirts
  • khakis, linen pants or dress slacks
  • loafers or boat shoes
  • sports jackets are optional
  • for Friday Night’s Reception & Dinner, feel free to skip the neckties in favor of a sports jacket and polo shirt

Ladies Attire

Enjoy all your layered resort casual attire from fleece in the morning to bathing suits in the afternoon. Please note that The Ritz-Carlton Bacara is a villa style hotel and you will be outdoors as you walk to and from your room to the main hotel area.

For Friday night, be sure to pack your fun and festive resort casual wear.

“Always enjoy the mixers, very relaxing for the renderers and the vendors. Playing golf and visiting with customers is always a great combination.”

NRA Member