Courtesy of Pin-Up Golf
Pin-Up Golf is a wonderful company. I’ve had the great pleasure to work with Jennifer Pennington at many charity fundraising golf tournaments. For me her company gets a full 5 Star rating and is included in my book “Golf Tournaments 101 Second Edition”. Below is such a great article written by Jennifer, I just had to ask her if I could pass it along in the form of a blog. With her consent here it is.
We know many of you are beginning to plan your next charity fundraising golf tournament. We wanted to give you all 10 great tips to ensure that your tournament is a great success!
Tournament Tips from Pin-Up Golf:
1: Spend Money to Make Money. Don’t buy into the inaccurate theory that you have to keep cost down to “save money for your charity.” A little investment on the front end can reap great rewards and revenues in return. Golfers want to feel a value for their donation. You should have nice prizes and unique welcome gift, plan fun and memorable activities on the golf course, and have lots of food and drink. Don’t forget to present the sponsors and winners with special awards at the banquet showing you appreciate them.
2: Know your golfer! Make sure you understand the golfers in your event. Low handicappers like to play high-end golf courses that they may not ordinarily get a chance to play. Less experienced or beginner golfers will want something less expensive and less challenging.
3: Make it easy for golfers to donate to your cause. Credit card capability for day of activities can double the funds you raise. Many golf courses do not have ATMs and many golfers do not come with enough cash. There are companies that specialize in merchant services and every bank can set it up for your account. Having a way to except and run credit cards will definitely increase the money raised.
4: Make your registration the day of the event effortless. Be sure you have enough space for player check-in, mulligan/raffle sales, and goodie bags. No one wants to wait in line to donate to your cause. Make it simple for them and spread everything out nicely.
5: If you are LUCKY enough to gather an abundance of Raffle Items. Group them together or “basket them” to provide a higher value for each item. No one wants to sit through an hour of number calling for raffle giveaways.
6: A suggestion of number of raffle prizes per golfers is 20%.
- 72 golfers = 15 raffle items
- 100 golfers =20 raffle items
- 144 golfers = 30 raffle items
7: If you have still an abundance of raffle giveaways. After you have grouped them together pre-pull and post all but 5 – 10 items while the golfers are on the course. This allows the golfers to see what they have won when they are done with golf and gather their prizes if they are leaving early. It also allows continued raffle ticket sales for the “big ticket items” to raise additional funds. This will save time during the banquet you will only be pulling 5 – 10 items live.
8: A SMART way to do the Raffle. If your event is a corporate, association, or just not a fundraiser event. Instead of giving the standard double sided boring raffle tickets, pass out a custom form with your business or association information on it.
Have the golfers write their name and email. Each golfer gets ONE entry so everyone gets an opportunity at ONE prize. This way more people can win prizes. By calling out names instead of raffle ticket numbers keeps the banquet moving fast and allows your golfers to get to know each other by name. This is great business networking tool. Also, by capturing emails you have a database for next year’s tournament.
9: Never leave your golfers hungry or thirsty. Good food and drinks will leave a lasting impression. Tournaments should start with light breakfast or lunch depending on your starting time. You should provide several drink holes such as water, soda, and alcohol (if it fits your event). It is also nice to have a couple holes with food or snacks on course (example taco trucks, burgers, or ice cream). Every event should end with a cocktail time with appetizers so the golfers can observe the silent auction items and give them a opportunity to bid. If you are not having silent auction then it will be just a simple lunch/dinner for your golfers.
10: Professional Fundraisers make a HUGE difference in charity golf tournaments. They arrive knowing what it takes to successfully get maximum donations from your golfers. Professional Fundraisers help your event to be organized and run smoothly as they are efficient and knowledgeable in what to do the day of the event. Professional Fundraisers work hard all day to entertain your golfers. This will keep your golfers coming back to your event in the future and possibly sponsoring. Golfers want to have a good time while they are donating to your cause. Happy Golfers = Bigger Donations. In short Professional Fundraisers will take your event to the next level.
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE PIN-UP GOLF:
- Pin-Up Golf consistently generates 100 – 200% more in revenues than a volunteer base
- We are trained professionals that have over 17 years of experience and have helped over 2630 golf tournaments reach their goals
- We have created fun and exciting on course games that engage all level of golfers and entertain them for the day
- Pin-Up Golf has many quality sponsors and vendors that donate amazing prizes to your event at NO CHARGE to you
- Our “BRAND NEW CUSTOM RAFFLES” that are guaranteed to take 30 minutes to an hour off your raffle process.
Jennifer Pennington, CEO / President
Pin-Up Golf, Inc. www.pinupgolf.com
14320 Ventura Blvd. #197 | Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423
Email: Jason@pinupgolf.com…. Phone: 888.849.3004….Cell: 310.505.5055….Fax: 240.376.7450
The Tip of the Iceberg. If you’ve read any of my many blogs on planning and running a one day charity fundraising golf tournament, then look at them as being just the tip of the iceberg.
Golf Tournaments 101 Second Edition is full of much more detailed information, guidelines and tips. Much more than blogs alone can cover. It’s unique in that there’s not another guide and planning book on the market containing as much information to assist charities and nonprofits raise money through golf.
Downloadable Tools. Through the book’s website https://charitygolf101.com the second edition makes available over 35 downloadable tools. These Excel and Word files are set up to assist in pre-tournament planning along with a tournament day timeline. Some files are ready to go; others can be modified to suit your own requirements.
Wishing you every success with your fundraiser tournament.