Charity golf tournaments are a popular way of raising money for a worthy cause. Average charity golf tournament in the U.S. raise around $5,000, so from a money-making perspective it is well worth the time and effort taken to organize such an event. But if you have never organized one of these events, it can be rather intimidating. That said, if you get it right, you could get to travel to a new area and have a lot of fun with other golfers.
Organizing a charity golf tournament is not easy, but it can be done even if you have no previous experience. The key here is a lot of pre-planning, and as Mike Last – Founder of BestOutings says, it is a good idea to secure help from a professional tournament organizer from day one because a company such as BestOutings.com makes it easy. So what do you need to know?
Define Your Goal
You should be specific about how much money you want to raise during the event, but don’t set the goal too high or everyone will be disappointed. It is also important that you are clear about where the money is going and what it will be used for. Transparency is essential with fund-raising activities; anything less and guests and sponsors will be reluctant to hand over money.
Ask for Help
You can’t organize a charity golf tournament alone, so recruit people or organizations to help. Form a committee and give members a job to do. Be organized and hold committee members accountable for money spent, and if the event is to become a regular fixture, offer incentives to encourage people to return next year.
Set a Realistic Budget
Make sure you set a budget for the event right from the beginning. Be careful not to spend any more money than you expect to generate, or there won’t be anything left in the pot to hand over to your chosen charity.
Choose the Right Course
Selecting the right golf course is essential. Amateur golfers will need a fairly easy course whereas more experienced players will prefer a challenging course that tests their skills and is more fun. You also need a golf course that is able to accommodate players and guests. It will be easier to find a suitable venue if your tournament is in aid of a good course, but always nurture your relationship with the venue and make sure you draw up a suitable contract to avoid any misunderstandings later in the day.
There are some fabulous golf courses that you can travel to in the United States – in fact there are over 13,000 of them. From Links courses in California and Arizona to some fantastic desert courses in Arizona, and even snow courses in some of the more northern states, you have a lot to choose from. Either choose somewhere central to everyone who is participating, or make a vacation out of your trip (in which case Florida is a fantastic choice!).
Look for Sponsors
Sponsors provide the prizes and help to fund the event, but they will want a return on their investment, usually in the form of favorable publicity and brand exposure. Talk to people within your industry and find out who is interested in helping sponsor your event. Once you have some sponsors in place, start promoting the tournament and working to create a great event.
Pay Attention to the Detail
There is a lot to think about, so be meticulous about the details: even the little things, such as correct spelling of players’ names, matters a lot at these events.
Successful golf tournaments are great fun, and can lead to a fabulous vacation, so make sure yours falls into this category.