Organising a golf day of any magnitude is not as easy as people make out. Therefore it’s very important that you find volunteers to help, before, during and after the event.
This will help in making decisions that leave no stone unturned and important things don’t get forgotten.
The venue choice is very important. Choosing a golf course that’s not too difficult, well-manicured and with limited rough, while still offering many challenges – this will keep players of all abilities wanting to join the day and support the event.
The clubhouse should also be able to cater for many people during the day, and at an evening function, if that’s what you’re offering.
Organisers prefer member’s clubs because they benefit more from holding an event and are more attentive than the popular corporate venues. They also seem to give better value for money.
Choose a format that people will enjoy, based on players’ handicaps and abilities.
Here are a few suggestions:
To encourage people to join the event, entry fees should be competitively priced. Negotiate with the golf club for a good deal. Ask for 1 in 8 to go free. This can raise funds towards your target.
On the day, you can raise money by running any of the following ideas:
To help with fundraising, it’s important to get all golf prizes, raffle prizes and auction items donated from any source available. Just ask your local professional to donate a prize and ask golf clubs to donate a 4-ball voucher.
If it’s a charity golf event they usually oblige. Also, approach local businesses close to the chosen golf club.
Posters indicating all key information (venue, price and date etc.) to be posted at golf clubs, local shops, and public houses in the areas around the chosen course.
Ask local businesses and golf clubs to promote on their social networks but the tried and tested method still works – asking family and friends to send out invites to people they know who play golf.
If it’s a big event, then you can ask local radio and newspapers to advertise, as this gets to a wider audience.