How To Plan For A Golf Tournament
Golf continues to skyrocket and so does the popularity and acceptability of golf shirts as a staple of
corporate casual dress codes. With the numbers of people playing golf today, the odds are in your favor
that the majority of your team will-at the very least-be wearing your golf shirt on the green. Just consider
these stats about golfers:
- 21.5 million men
- 5.1 million women
- 43% hold Professional/Management/Administrative occupations
To get the biggest bang for your custom golf sportswear and and golf tournament buck this year please read on.
With the increase in popularity of golf it is not surprising that golf outings have become one of the most successful
fundraising vehicles for your sports program. A properly coordinated golf event will get results. The leisurely pace
of golf lends itself to forge stronger relationships with alumni, parents and supporters.
Budgeting For A Tournament
Golfing events are usually priced on a per-person basis. The price typically includes the greens fee, cart rental, and
sometimes food and drinks and golf tournament gifts and golf tournament prizes. The greens fee/cart costs generally start
at about $30 per person and can exceed $150 at the finest golf courses. In formulating the budget, you'll need to account
for golf course expense items and then tournament signage and prizes.
Golf Course Expense Items:
Green fees and cart rentals; food and beverage; for box lunches before the outing, roaming beverage carts and dinner
after the event; tournament services for scorecards, scorekeeping, and scoreboard management; usually, this is a
per-person fee (for a purely recreational outing in which scores are not being kept, this item is unnecessary);
Tournament Gifts and Signage Make A Big Impression
Of the $20 billion a year that Americans spend on golf equipment, clothing and products, about $25 million is spent on
the gifts and tournament prizes that are for golf outings, according to the National Golf Sales Representatives Association.
These gifts run the gamut from useful accessories such as caps, towels, golf shirts and golf balls to lavish awards such as
high-end golf clubs. Event organizers should give careful thought to the gifts and awards.
Signage and merchandise associated with a golf event should have a company name or logo on it. Many gifts and tournament
awards have dual logos -- those of the sponsor and the event itself. and of the event or the resort where the event is
taking place. You can often find sponsors to underwrite the costs of some of the gifts. Sponsors appreciate the visibility
they receive via their logos on signage and golf merchandise used during the event.
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Golf Tee Signs
Golf caps and visors can make you feel stylish, hip and happening. They protect you from the sun, cover our bald spots
and hide a bad hair day and make a statement about who we are and what we like. Wearing company Logo'd golf caps and visors
have never been more popular or fashionable. More companies are getting the message that embroidered caps can turn employees
and customers into walking billboards.
Golf Tournament Checklist
One Year Prior To Event:
Select and reserve a golf course to hold your event. Determine if you need a director or coordinator for
Nine Months Prior To Event:
Set a budget for your event. Allocate money for food and beverage, gifts, prizes, green fees, carts and
photography. Put together a guest list and have invitations printed. Select event format; ie scramble,
stroke play, match play, etc. Get volunteers to help on day of the event.
Six Months Prior To Event:
Coordinate food and beverage menus. Arrange for sponsorship (tee signs, hand-outs) or any other
benefactors you may have. Select any contests you may want; ie hole in one, longest drive, closest to
the pin, etc. Obtain hole in one insurance if necessary and select prizes for the contests, give aways
and tournament winners.
Three Months Prior To Event:
Meet with tounament director and course staff to finalize arrangement with course times and banquet
facilities. send out invitations at this time. Send directions to course and specific times along with
invitations. Order any tee prizes, awards, give aways and tee signs at this time.
Two Months Prior To Event:
Check progress of any outside vendors providing tee prizes, awards, give aways, tee signs, etc. Finalize
menus and any beverage or snack carts on the course. Do a walk-through of the course facilities. Tabulate
preliminary number of players based on invitation responses.
Two Weeks Prior To Event:
Finalize preparations of all tee prizes, awards, give aways and tee signs and have them delivered to
the tournament director or to the course. Set up a preliminary player list and begin selecting team
captains and flight players according to their ability.
Two Days Prior To Event:
Finalize player list and send to course. Double check any final details with course. Review jobs for
vounteer staff. coordinate any timing issues to insure the event runs smoothly; ie lunch, dinner, awards
Day Of The Event:
Arrive at least two hours prior to guests. Be ready for any no shows, cancellations and last minute
changes. If you are playing in the event, be sure you are the first group to finish and get back to the
clubhouse to check on dinner preparations and awards ceremony. Don't forget to have some fun!