Venues: Choosing the Best Golf Course for Your Tournament
Venues. There are two types of golf courses: Private Country Clubs and Public Courses (sometimes called daily-fee or municipal).
Fundraiser Golf Tournaments can be hosted at these two different types of venues. You should choose which one to go for depending on which one best suits the tournament you’re hosting. For a higher end event, nothing beats the prestige and amenities that a private club can provide. Not only is the quality of the course and clubhouse typically higher than a public course, but the venue itself will be very attractive to your potential players, as they usually cannot play at a private club unless they are invited by a Member. A charity tournament provides them with the opportunity to experience what it feels like as they become a “Member for the Day”.
Whether you choose a Public or a Private Country Club facility as your venue, always clarify if you’ll have the course to yourself or if another tournament or additional play will be allowed at the same time. Also another question to ask is. On the day you’re looking at for your tournament, do they have any major maintenance work scheduled on the course or in the clubhouse, that would disrupt the smooth running of your event.
Private Country Clubs: As a rule these venues don’t have Member play on Mondays. This can leave many Mondays open for non-member charity-fundraiser and corporate tournaments. It’s possible that the Club would consider another day of the week, taking into consideration your relationship with them, the size and importance of your tournament, the time of year and how many courses it has. In most cases and depending on the size of your tournament, the golf course will be booked for your exclusive use. If you hold your event at the same Club every year you’ll be working in familiar surroundings and with the Club’s staff you’ve come to know and depend on. At country clubs you should expect the highest standard of service and the best designed and maintained golf courses. Also high end sponsors seem to be more interested in supporting a charity when its tournament is hosted at a Private Country Club.
Don’t get me wrong, I mean no disrespect and I’m not knocking Public Courses. There are many wonderfully designed and beautifully maintained public courses, staffed by top quality professionals with supporting staff.
Some Country Clubs have more than one course; this can have advantages such as:
- You may be able to give your players the chance to play a different course every year.
- You have the opportunity to build your tournament to as many as 300 plus players if the Club has two courses and enough golf carts.
Public Golf Courses: Public Courses are usually available for nonprofit charity fundraising tournament play seven days a week, excluding holidays. Their busiest golf days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If one of these days is the only time you can schedule your event, be prepared to pay a higher weekend fee. At a Public Course, no matter which day of the week you choose, expect to have green-fee-paying players on the course with your golfer-guests. Also, the support given might be less than you would receive at a Private Club. You may pay less but end up doing more to make your event a success. That’s okay if you know what to do! And that’s where my guide book
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Private Golf Club Corporations: Some of the larger charitable organizations find that “One-Day- Fundraiser-Tournaments” are such a wonderful way of raising money; they begin hosting events all over the country. In this case, it may be easier for the Event Coordinators to work with the same corporation that owns multiple clubs across the United States. There are many companies to choose from with wonderful selection of venues. You’ll also find that charity golf tournaments are important to them. Most clubs owned or managed by these corporations have Private Event Directors and Tournament Directors/Golf Professionals, expert at helping you host profitable events. The following list is not inclusive, but names some of the larger and more well-known Private Club Companies. You can visit their websites for a listing of all their Club locations and to request information.
Century Golf/Arnold Palmer Golf Management: www.centurygolf.com
Eagle Golf: www.eaglgolf.com
Billy Casper Golf Management: www.billycaspergolf.com
Troon Golf: www.troongolf.com
Kemper Sports: www.kempersports.com
PGA Tour Golf Course Properties: www.tpc.com
American Golf Group: www.americangolf.com
Heritage Golf Group: www.heritagegolfgroup.com
The Dominion Golf Group: www.thedominiongolfgroup.com
Canongate Golf: www.canongategolf.com
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.