A golf outing can be a wonderful way to raise money for charity. It's a way to give back, network with clients and raise awareness about an organization your company cares about. If you're just starting to plan a charity golf outing, here are some top tips from expert charity golf outing organizers on making your event a financial success:
Planning a Golf Outing
Charity Golf Outings: Choose the Right Location
On the surface, many top private golf clubs offer the same package: lunch, golf, silent auction and dinner. But choosing a location that delivers the premier experience across the board— best-in-class service, award-winning food, and championship, platinum brand course — will draw more attendance at your event. One client recently told us they significantly increased national attendance this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club compared to last year at another local club because people will pay to play a championship golf course.
Charity Golf Outings: Choose the Right People
You need influencers or early adopters. You know who they are — the guys who get a rush out of not only committing to a foursome, but out-delivering their buddies by recruiting the most additional foursomes for the event. Some people will award a prize for the person who gets the most players to register. But for others, it’s enough simply to have bragging rights and the ability to rib their buddies for a year about being more successful.
Charity Golf Outings: Sponsors
Participants typically cover the expense of a tournament, while sponsorships drop dollars to the bottom line, ensuring a successful fundraiser. Again, it’s who you know and communicating what’s in it for them. Sponsoring your event can mean more business, more exposure, a way to give back, a way to entertain clients and meet prospective clients, or a way to cultivate their relationship with your organization.
Charity Golf Outings: Who Will Benefit
Sure, people love to golf and want to help, but they need to appreciate how they make a difference. When participants can see how their contribution benefits others, whether through first-hand testimony, video results, or other creative means, making the abstract tangible helps people feel like their contribution makes a difference, and keeps players coming back.
Charity Golf Outings: Choose the Right Club
From bag drop to after dinner cocktails and everything in between, work through every detail, every touch-point, and every seemingly small aspect of your day that culminate to make your event world-class. Your support staff at the club should help you with your detailed agenda, and indicate the small touches unique to the club that will be available to your guests. Whether it’s choosing the right format for play or having cold towels at the turn on a hot day, everything needs to be considered.
Our golf outing clients repeatedly tell us they raise extraordinary amounts of money for their charities by hosting their events at Hazeltine National Golf Club. We'd love to help you plan your next event.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is the place where rich heritage and modern luxury come together in a golf and social destination like no other. This prestigious club was founded in 1962 on the rules and traditions of golf. With a solid foundation and distinguished history, Hazeltine is internationally renowned for providing an incomparable golfing experience in the Twin Cities. With our distinctive new clubhouse, Hazeltine is also the ultimate host for meetings, banquets and unforgettable special events. From boardrooms with a view to ballrooms where dreams come true, we provide a one-of-a-kind experience for members and non-members alike.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.