Golf Tournaments

Choose the right golf course for your charity tournament

There are many important steps to consider when planning a charity golf tournament.  Selecting the right golf course is one of the most important, as many times golfers are attracted based on the course. So how do you choose the right golf course for your charity golf tournament? We’ll outline some of the basics below.

choosing the right golf course is important to tournament success

Selecting the Right Golf Course

When choosing a golf course, you’ll want to consider your audience or the people you intend to attract to your golf tournament.  To gain instant credibility with the golf community, sponsors, and guest pros that attend, you may want to consider choosing an exclusive course that is highly rated in your area. If credibility isn’t important and your goal is to make the event accessible to more community members, perhaps a community golf course is a better fit for your event. Just remember you don’t have to choose a community course just because it fits within your schedule or budget.  You may be able to negotiate with some of the best courses in the area if you intend to draw in a large crowd and get them some media attention.

A very important consideration when selecting a golf course is the costs that some of the more elite courses may charge.  Don’t rule out “members only” courses.  Find out who is on their board and determine if you have any contacts to reach out to these members to obtain approval for your organization to use the course. They may be willing to work with you in support of a good cause.

Forging a strong partnership with a golf course can help you establish a strong foundation for a successful charity golf tournament. If there are high fees, consider asking a local business to pick up this tab by becoming the title sponsor of your charity golf outing.

If you aren’t sure where to start, Golf Now offers an online course directory with a list of golf courses across the country. Many of them offer great discounted rates.

Come Prepared to Negotiate

Make sure you are prepared with a list of questions before you start negotiations with the golf course. You may want to compare costs and services between a few different courses to ensure you are getting a fair deal and put everything in writing to protect your organization. But most important, make sure you feel comfortable with the terms and the staff at the course as you want to make sure the course will treat your guests to a great day of hospitality.

Once you’ve identified a course that meets your needs, you’ll want to iron out the details with the golf course staff. Putting everything in writing and signing an agreement can alleviate confusion (or worse) on tournament day.

Golf Course Contracting

Here are some things you’ll want to include in your charity tournament contract:

  • Date and tee time: Be flexible here. Courses may offer discounts for off-season or mid-week golf dates.
  • Description of tournament services: Are golf balls, golf carts, scorecards, gratuities and service fees, etc. included?
  • The number of golfers and guarantees: When is the attendee list due? Are there penalties if the estimated number of golfers is reduced?
  • Total costs: Costs per golfer, costs for food, beverages, and any additional services.
  • Due dates for deposit and final payment.
  • Cancellation terms and course weather policy.

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About Lisa Bennett

Lisa is the Sales Director at DoJiggy. She joined DoJiggy in 2006 and loves her job. Prior to working with DoJiggy, she worked at several non-profits and managed special event fundraising.
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