Golf tournaments are common fundraising events for many nonprofit organizations. It’s easy enough to put one together, but fielding the teams and actually making money on the day can be a challenge.

Here are a few tips to help you have a financially golf tournament fund raising successful and fun event.

1. Choose a course that the public doesn’t often get to play. This will add some exclusivity to your event and encourage players to sign up.

2. Add a fun twist to the tournament. You’ll have to put on your thinking cap for this one, but if you can come up with something fun to add to your tournament, you’ll draw more players. One tournament I worked on added a 5th player to each team and that person was a well-known former athlete from the local university. Teams signed up in droves so they could spend the day with a former football player!

3. Station a pro at one hole and let him drive each player’s ball for a $50 donation. This is a great way to earn some extra cash.

4. Optimize your revenue by recruiting as many sponsors as possible. In addition to traditional event sponsors, consider adding tee sponsors, golf cart sponsors, registration sponsor, lunch sponsor, etc. Also think about adding a silent auction with golf and sports items and gift cards.

Provide enough water to keep everyone well hydrated and snacks. You’ll want your players in good health throughout the day so that they’re having fun!

After the event, send every player and sponsor a thank you letter to let them know how well the event did and how much you appreciate their participation. This will set the stage for success for your event next year.


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