Choosing the Right Golf Course for a Fundraising Golf Event
Choosing the right golf course is one of the most important parts in creating a successful golf tournament. Golfers will remember your event in part by their experience on the golf course, make sure you choose the right course to keep participants coming back year after year.
Get at least three proposals based on your parameters and pick the course that best fits your event needs. Begin choosing the right golf course early and negotiate your deal at least six months in advance when feasible. Both private and public courses want events so consider both.
Things to consider when looking for a golf course include:
1. How far will golfers have to travel to attend the event?
2. Does the golf course offer adequate space for a parking, registration and your awards reception or dinner?
3. Can your golf course provide referrals from other events that have had a good experience?
4. What is the overall cost and does it allow you to charge enough for your event to raise money?
Once you’ve finished choosing the right golf course, decide when to hold your event. The time of year and day of the week will dictate the price. Course rates are highest during the months that offer the best weather. The best value is found during the ‘shoulder season.’ This is the time between the peak season and off-season when the weather is less predictable and activity at the course is slow.
The day of the week is as important as the time of year when setting a date for your event. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the busiest days for a golf course and costs will be the highest on those days. The best rates are offered Monday through Thursday. Keep in mind that most private golf clubs are closed to members on Mondays and will host public golf events on those days. Most private courses will require a referral from an existing member to gain access to the golf course for your event.
Be prepared when you talk to potential golf courses. You can download a “Golf Course Checklist for a Fundraising Golf Event”.
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