Top Fundraising Golf Event Contests

Add contests to your fundraising golf event for several reasons. First of all, contests are fun for your participants and help create a great atmosphere during your charity golf event. The more fun players have, the more likely they are to return next year.

Contests also create sponsorship opportunities that will raise more money for your organization.

Here are 10 of the most popular fundraising golf event contests with their format and tips on how to use them as fundraisers. To purchase a contest for your event, visit PerfectGolfEventShop.com.

1. Hole-in-One Contests

• This contest is held on the par-3 holes at the golf course hosting your fundraising golf event.
• If a golfer makes a hole in one, they win the prize featured on that hole.
• You can sell a sponsorship for each hole.
• The minimum yardage for the shot is usually 150 yards for men and 135 for women.
• These events are usually ‘insured events.” You buy a hole-in-one prize package and if someone makes a hole in one, the package provider provides the prize.

How to Raise Money with Hole-in-One Contests:

• Hole-in-One prize package may cost you $2-6 per player.
• For example, you can buy a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest for 144 players for $300. If someone makes a hole in one, the package provider pays for the hole-in-one prize.
• You sell a sponsorships for the Hole-in-One contest. For example, sell the Hole-in-One sponsorship for $1,000 and you make a $700 profit – and give players a great experience.
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your event.

2. Putting Contests

• Putting contests are great ways to entertain golfers at your golf event.
• The most popular putting contest format provides the winner with a prize at the end of the charity golf event contest.
• Some events want to offer a cash prize ($5,000 for example) to attract golfers. These putting contests do not offer a “guaranteed winner.” For these contests, the winner of the putting contest gets to take one extra putt from 50 feet to win the cash prize – if the insurance company pays the prize.

How to conduct your putting contest:

• Players sign up for the contest. Most events charge a fee to play to raise more money. For example, $10 per putt.
• You can let the player purchase more than one putt to raise more money – limit it to 3 per player.
• Set the putt length at 60–100 feet.
• Putters qualify for the final round by being the closest to the hole.
• The six golfer closest to the pin from the qualifying round will participate in the finals.
• For the finals, you have the finalists putt from 40 feet. The first one to make the putt wins. If no one makes it the first time, move in 5 feet and putt again. If more than 2 putters make the putt, they continue and the rest are eliminated. Continue until you have a winner.
• The winner receives the prize. If this is a cash putting contest, the winner gets to take the putt for the cash as their prize.

How to Raise Money with Putting Contests:

• Putting Contest entry fee = $10.
• If you have a 100 players that would be $1,000.
• Sell a sponsorship for the putting contest for $750.
• Cost of the contest =$495 (includes the cost of a prize or a chance for a $10,000 putt).
• Net revenue = $1,255
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name plus allow them to participate in the charity golf event contest (help measure putts)

Invite your putting contest sponsor to help you run the contest. This increases the value of the sponsorship since the sponsor interacts with the players.

3. Long Drive Contests

• The longest drive event will be the most recognizable contest to your golfers. Choose a hole that is long and fairly straight.
• The person with the first long drive writes their name on a marker (the golf course will provide one for your event) placed in the fairway. This continues until the last group completes your event.

How to Raise Money with a Long Drive Contest:

• Long Drive Contests are $175 or more depending on the prize.
• Sponsorship revenue can be from $500 to $1,000.
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your event.

Allow sponsor to be on the tee to meet each group and explain the rules.
Assign someone to collect the marker after the last group hits their drive.

4. Closest to the Pin Contests

• This contest is also held on a par 3 and can be run at the same time as your hole-in-one charity golf event contest or if you course has more than 4 par-3 holes, use this contest on the fifth par 3.
• The object is to be the golfer that hits the ball closest to the hole for the day and to win a prize.
• It is a good idea to have a measuring tape near the green in case two shots are very close.

How to Raise Money with a Closest to the Pin Contest:

• Closest to the Pin Contests are $175 or more depending on the prize
• Sponsorship revenue can be from $500 to $1,000
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your fundraising golf event.

Have a volunteer near the green to help measure and mark the closest to the pin results throughout the day. This person should bring in the marker after the last group plays so you can post the results of the charity golf event.

5. Shootouts

• The shootout is an exciting concept and a high-profile event at golf tournaments everywhere.
• Here’s how it works: Four golfers are selected to participate. They can be the winning foursome or winners drawn from a raffle.
• The shootout is usually held immediately following your charity golf event. You can do it on any hole but we recommend the 9th or 18th hole so everyone can watch the competition.
• Shootout prizes levels can be from $50,000 to $1 million.
• You purchase shootout insurance so that if someone makes the shot, you do not have to provide the cash prize, it is provided by your shootout package provider.

How to Raise Money with a Shootout:

• Shootout costs range from $275 ($50,000 shootout) to $1,025 ($1 million shootout).
• Sponsorship revenue can be from $750 to $5,000.
• Some events offer the Shootout as a raffle prize to increase revenue from their raffle.
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your fundraising golf event.

6. Million Dollar Shot

• The $1 million shot is just what the name implies – a shot for $1 million.
• Imagine the excitement you create by offering this as a part of your event.
• One player has a chance to make a hole in one from 165 yards (150 yards for women). If they make the shot, they receive $1 million.
• The shot can be taken on any hole but we recommend a hole near the clubhouse so everyone can watch.
• When you purchase a $1 million shot, you have coverage so that if someone makes the shot, you do not have to provide the cash – we provide it as part of your $1 million shot package.

How to Raise Money with a Million Dollar Shot:

• Million Dollar Shot cost $350.
• Excellent sponsorship opportunity for $500-1,000
• Use the $1 Million Dollar shot for:
• Chipping contest prize
• Raffle prize.
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your fundraising golf event.

7. Chipping Contest

• Chipping contests are much like the putting contests outlined above except that the golfers chip from off the green towards a target.
• Raise money from entry fee and sponsorship
• Players are entertained prior to your fundraising golf event starting

How to Raise Money with a Chipping Contest:

• Chipping Contest entry fee = $10.
• If you have 100 players that would be $1,000.
• Sell a sponsorship for the chipping contest for $750.
• Cost of the contest =$350.
• Net revenue = $1,400.
• You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name plus allow them to participate in the fundraising golf event contest (help measure chips)

8. Guess Your Distance

• Set up special Doppler Radar machine on the driving range (ask your golf pro if the course has one or if he can borrow one)
• Players pay an entry fee – $5, $10, $20
• They guess how far they will hit the ball
• Winner is closest to actual distance
• Prize can be a donated item or a driver from the Pro Shop

9. Straight Drive

This contest is exactly what the name implies. Choose a hole that is long and fairly straight. The object is to hit the straightest drive during the course of play. A string or rope is anchored down the middle of the fairway.

When someone hits their drive close to the string or rope, they write their name on the marker the golf course will provide. If someone hits it closer, they cross out the last name on the marker and write down their name. This continues until everyone has played the hole at the charity golf event.

How to Raise Money with a Straight Drive Contest:
Straight Drive Contests are another sponsorship opportunity.
Allow sponsor to be on the tee to meet each group and explain the rules
Assign someone to collect the marker after the last group hits their drive.

See all golf fundraising contests by visiting PerfectGolfEventShop.com.