Hosting a charity golf tournament is a great way to raise money for a cause while also providing a fun event for golf enthusiasts. With some planning and organization, your charity golf tournament can be a big success. Here are some tips on how to plan and host a fantastic charity golf event:
Pick Your Charity
The first step is to decide which charity or non-profit you want to support with the tournament. Having a clearly defined charitable beneficiary will help guide your planning and promotion of the event. Consider charities you or your organization are already involved with or passionate about.
Form a Planning Committee
It takes a significant amount of coordination to put on a charity golf tournament. Recruit a planning committee of passionate volunteers who can take ownership of different aspects of the event. Key roles for your committee may include: sponsorship coordinator, facilities/logistics coordinator, golfer recruitment coordinator, fundraising coordinator, marketing/PR coordinator, and day-of event coordinator.
Choose a Date and Venue
Book your golf course early, as popular venues get booked up quickly during peak seasons. Visit the course to determine factors like availability, pricing, food/beverage options, space for registration, etc. Ideally choose a date that doesn’t conflict with other big golf events in your area. Weekdays are generally cheaper than weekends.
Determine Tournament Format and Activities
Decide the style of play – scramble, best ball, individual stroke play etc. Will there be contests like longest drive, closest to the pin, or hole-in-one? Build in fun extras like raffle drawings, an awards luncheon, or live music. Offering activities makes for a well-rounded, engaging event.
Set a Fundraising Goal
Research what similar events in your area have raised to set a realistic fundraising goal. Share this goal during promotion to inspire sponsors and golfers. Aim high but be practical.
Handle Logistics like Food, Rentals, Permits
Determine catering, rentals for things like audio equipment or tents, signage, and any other logistics. Make sure you have any necessary permits or insurance. Design a detailed timeline and schedule for event staff and volunteers.
Promote early and often to fill your field with golfers. Offer a discounted early registration price to incentivize sign-ups. Email past participants, promote through your charity’s newsletter and social media, and hang posters in golf clubs.
Obtain Sponsors and Donations
Sponsorships are key for maximizing fundraising. Send sponsorship information to local businesses you have relationships with. Offer tiered sponsorship levels with associated benefits. Follow up persistently but professionally. Acquire donated goods and services you can use for your auction, raffle, or golfer goodie bags.
Promote Your Tournament
Get the word out in your community through press releases sent to local media outlets. Leverage social media by posting updates across your channels. Ask partners and planning committee members to share and retweet posts. Create posters to hang at golf courses and around town.
Register Golfers and Manage Payments
Use an online registration system or take registrations manually. Allow golfer sign-up and payment by mail, email, online, or in person. Carefully track registration confirmations, payments, and tee times. Send reminders and event details to registered golfers as the date approaches.
Buy any needed goods like trophies, signage, auction items, decor, food/beverage, promotional products, giveaways, etc. Make sure you have secure cash handling procedures if collecting cash payments on-site.
Run the Tournament Fundraiser
Make an extensive checklist of everything you’ll need on tournament day itself. Confirm volunteers and staff understand their roles and timelines. Print rules sheets, hole assignments, cart signs, or other useful handouts. Transport supplies and check in with your golf course contact when you arrive. Then let the fundraising and fun begin!
Thank Sponsors and Participants
Follow up with thank you notes to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, and golfers. Share fundraising totals and beneficiary impact so they can see the good their efforts accomplished. Nurturing these relationships builds support for future tournaments.
Review and Plan for Next Year
Analyze feedback, final expenses and profit, and lessons learned. Document timelines, contacts, and procedure checklists while the event is still fresh in your mind to help improve and simplify planning for next year’s charity golf tournament.
Planning a charity golf tournament provides an excellent opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause while bringing your community together around their shared passion for golf. With careful coordination and promotion, your charity golf event can exceed your fundraising goals and become an annual tradition golfers look forward to each year. Utilize these tips to organize and host a premiere tournament that makes a positive impact.