A Guide to Choosing a Golf Course For Your Next Charity Event
A golf tournament is a great way to raise money for your non-profit or charity organization. If you're looking at a golf course at which to host your event, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to find the perfect course.
Start Planning A Successful Event
Every charity event should start with a plan. What is the goal of the event, and what does success look like for your organization? Are you aiming to raise a certain amount of money? Or are you hosting this event to thank donors and volunteers? Do you have any go-to sponsors who can help to pay for the event?
Before you can take any steps towards securing a venue, you need to know how much you can spend.
When do you want your event to take place? Can your golfers take time off from work, or do you need to hold the event on a weekend? Will the event be all day or only a half-day?
Think about how the weather usually is during the time around when you want your event to be. Of course, it's impossible to predict rain, choose a date that's likely to be warm, and if you are planning an afternoon event, make sure it's at a time when the days are longer so you'll have enough sunlight to finish the game.
Remember that there is a busy season for networking and charity events during the later spring and early summer. Try to choose a date that you know there aren't any other competing events happening.
All of these things are important to consider and will go into the decision-making process of picking a hosting venue.
How To Choose The Right Course
Choosing a golf course for your event doesn't have to be a headache, but there are a few factors that you'll want to keep in mind.
The Difficulty of the Course
Most charity events are all about having fun and raising money for a good cause. When choosing a golf course for your event, think about if it appeals to all skill levels. Choosing a particularly difficult course might not be a great idea, as it may cause frustration or disappointment among less experienced players.
Choose a course that both beginners and pros will have fun with and that will help give your event the atmosphere you’re aiming for.
Location, Location, Location
It's important to choose a golf course that is conveniently located for all your potential guests so it's easy to get to for everyone. This will help you hit the attendance goals which is a key factor in having a successful event.
Find Your Budget
As a nonprofit organization, budget is crucial when choosing a venue for your golf tournament and this could end up being the biggest deciding factor.
Start by figuring out how much you're able to spend on renting out the venue, and look into which options fit into your budget. Remember greens fees, golf cart rental, food service, drinks, and any prizes you want to include.
To make your event memorable for all participants, you can include a few extra fun touches. Branded tote bags filled with items like golf shirts, a sleeve of balls, or branded items from your sponsors can give golfers a way to remember the day.
Also consider hosting contests to see who gets their ball closest to the hole, who gets the longest drive, or other ideas to keep the game fun and competitive. And don't forget the prizes! Trophies, clubs, gift cards, and donations from sponsors make great prizes.
As a nonprofit, offering lucrative prizes for a hole ‘n one, a putting contest, or a shootout can draw more attention to your event. But if you want the buzz without having to pay for these expensive prizes, American Hole 'n One can help. Contact us for more information.