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Golf Tournament Contests
Golf tournament contests are an excellent edition to any charity golf tournament, golf marathon (golf-a-thon) or golf fundraising event.
Golf tournament contests add excitement to your golf fundraiser by giving golfers an opportunity to win money and prizes. They also provide an opportunity for your organization to raise more money for your cause by collecting wagers and fees for participating. In this article, we share some golf fundraising ideas for including golf tournament contests as part of your upcoming event.
- Beat the Pro: For this contest a "golf pro" is stationed at a par 3 hole. The golf pro will tee off first and then individual players can wager an amount that they can hit closer to the pin than the pro. If a player does not hit closer to the pin on his drive off the tee, then the money he wagered goes into the pot of donations towards your cause. If he does beat the pro, he gets double his wager back. When implementing this type of contest, be sure to have a volunteer with a measuring device to ensure accuracy. You'll want to make sure you have a good "pro" working for you in order to make money from this contest. The golf course you host the event at should be able to recommend someone with skills and consistency
- Pro-for Hire: In this contest, instead of competing against the golf pro, individual players or teams can choose to "hire" the pro to hit their drive on a very difficult hole (which could end up saving them a couple strokes, and could be important in a heated competition). If prizes are rewarded at the end of the tournament based on team or individual scores, hiring the pro could be very desirable. Of course the pro should have a skill for hitting long drives, and therefore charging $20 for the service makes sense.
- Closest to the Pin: This contest typically takes place on a par-3 hole and the drive(s) that lands closest to the pin wins! A volunteer will inform players that if they'd like to participate, there will be an entry fee of $5-$20, and they will be eligible to win a variety of great prizes such as: free golf balls, rounds of golf, gift certificates, golf shirts, etc. These prizes are typically donated by sponsors and the hosting course, allowing the money raised from the entry fees to go towards your cause. A second volunteer will be stationed on the green near the hole to measure and keep record of distances. The winners will be announced at the end of the tournament. This exact same philosophy can apply to a "Longest Drive" contest where an entry fee will make participants eligible to win prizes.
- Hole in One: A popular contest to offer during a charity golf tournament is a grand prize for a "Hole-in-One". Because it is so rare that a participant will actually shoot a hole-in-one on any particular course, the hosting organization will often advertise an extravagant grand prize such as $10,000 or a New Car. In the rare instance that someone does hit a hole-in-one, a company may want to protect itself by purchasing a hole-in-one insurance policy. This allows the tournament host to advertise a large grand prize, without being liable for paying for it if there should be a winner.
Often tournament planners will have one on-course contest on the front-nine and the back-nine. Be sure to include these details on your golf tournament website, as these contests add a little excitement to the players' typical 18-hole golf game, and provides an opportunity to make some extra money while teams are on the course. If you do decide to go with one of the contests that requires a golf pro, be sure to check with the course to find out how much the golf pro charges for this service.
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