Golf tournaments are a great way for organizations to raise money for a good cause. However, many times these tournaments are being planned by committees within the organization with people who may have never planned a golf tournament or even played in one. Below are some tips on planning a golf tournament.
Who to Invite
Companies are the number one on the invite list. This is because the company usually will pay for the team and playing in a charitable golf tournament is usually deductible on the company’s taxes. Also, individuals with steep wallets are always a plus to invite and even if they don’t play they still may donate money towards the cause anyway.
Raffle prices are also a great way to raise money the day of the event. You can easily sell tickets for $5 a piece or 5 for $20. Make sure to have a wide variety of raffle prizes some great ideas include:
- Wine Baskets
- Gift Certificates
- Free Rounds of Golf
- Show Tickets
- Spa Packages
Day of Contests and Freebies
In golf, a mulligan is a stroke that is replayed from the spot of the previous stroke without penalty, due to an errant shot made on the previous stroke. The result is, as the hole is played and scored, as if the first errant shot had never been made. Since most of the participants in the golf tournament are most likely not professional golf players they would love the ability to purchase these second chances. These like the raffle tickets can be sold for $5 a piece or 5 for $25. Some tournaments put a limit on the amount of mulligans purchase per team however I don’t believe that is a good idea since the whole point of the tournament it to raise money for charity.
Each group of four players in a scramble has a ball that is marked in some way to designate it as the “money ball.” That ball rotates among players, changing after each hole. For example, Player A uses it on the first hole, B on the second, C on the third, D on the fourth, then back to A on the fifth and so on through the round. Then at the end of the tournament if the money ball has not been lost all the balls go into a drawing for half the money raised in the money ball purchases. Money balls are typically sold for $20 per team.
These holes have extra competitions added to the holes they are placed at, typically par 3 holes. There are rules on each hole and whoever wins that particular hole writes their name on the notepad and whoever is in first place on each notepad win a prize at the end of the tournament. Examples include.
- Closet to the hole after first swing
- Longest putt
- Lowest combined group score
These are just a few ideas to help get your golf tournament started. I will be writing a follow up post that goes over day of organization tips so be sure to check back for that. Click HERE for more ideas on golf tournament formats.