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Fundraising Golf Event Contests

Golf event contests and prizes can maximize the potential of your fundraising efforts. Shop for the most unique prizes in the industry to help sell more sponsorships and attract players!

WHY DO YOU NEED CONTESTS AT YOUR CHARITY GOLF FUNDRAISER?

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. Lastly, in some instances you have the opportunity to bring in incremental revenue for your event through entry fees.

For example, hole in one contests are a great way to expand your sponsorship opportunities. You offer a hole in one sponsorship to help cover the cost of the hole in one insurance. Allow your sponsor to setup a tent on the par 3 hole on the day of the event so they can interact with the players. A win-win situation for your event and the sponsor!

TOP 10 FUNDRAISING GOLF EVENT CONTESTS

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. A hole in one is achieved when it takes the golfer one shot to make it in the hole.
  • You can sell a sponsorship for each hole.
  • The minimum yardage for the shot is usually 150 yards for men and 130 for women.
  • These events are usually insured. You buy a hole-in-one prize package and if someone makes a hole in one, the package provider provides the prize.
  • Prizes can range from winning a car, taking an all-expenses paid trip, or $10,000 cash!
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.
  • Allow your sponsor to setup a tent on the par 3 hole on the day of the event so they can interact with the players.
  • Putting contests are a great way to entertain golfers at your golf event.
  • It can be an excellent sponsorship opportunity to add to your event as well
  • The most popular putting contest format provides the winner with a guaranteed prize at the end of the fundraising golf event contest. This would be called a "Guaranteed Winner".
  • If it is an insured putting contest prize, one player gets to take one final putt for the prize and it must go in the hole to win the prize.
  • These contests are typically conducted prior to tee off on the practice putting green. Putting contests are a fun way to start your event and bring in incremental revenue for your event through entry fees and sponsorship.
How to Raise Money with Putting Contests:
  • Putting Contest entry fee = $10
  • If you have 100 players, that would be $1,000 from entry fees
  • Sell a sponsorship for the putting contest for $750
  • Cost of the contest can range from $100 to $500 depending on the type of prize
  • In this scenario, net revenue can range anywhere from $1,650 to $1,250
  • You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name plus allow them to to help you run the contest. This increases the value of the sponsorship since the sponsor interacts with the players in a fun atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Whoever hits the longest drive that remains in the fairway will win the prize.
How to Raise Money with a Long Drive Contest:
  • Long Drive Contests are $100 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.
  • Announce the winner at your awards ceremony and allow the sponsor to present them with the prize
  • This contest is 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.
  • It is a good idea to have a measuring tape near the green in case two shots are very close.
  • 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
How to Raise Money with a Closest to the Pin Contest:
  • Closest to the Pin Contests are $100 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.
  • Allow sponsor to be on the tee to meet each group and explain the rules. Announce the winner at your awards ceremony and allow the sponsor to present them with the prize
  • The shootout is an exciting concept and a high-profile event at golf tournaments everywhere.
  • Here’s how it works: Determine the amount of golfers you would like to participate. They can be the winning foursome, winners drawn from a raffle or the golfers closest to the pin on a par 3 hole.
  • The shootout is usually held immediately following your charity golf event. You can do it on any hole but we recommend a hole close to the clubhouse so everyone can watch the competition.
  • Shootout prize levels can be anywhere from $50,000 to a Million Dollar Shot.
  • You purchase shootout hole in one 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 $50 ($50,000 prize) to $225 ($1 million prize).
  • 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.
  • Allow the sponsor to announce at the shootout competition so they can get in front of your golfers!
  • 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.
  • You select the number of player who will have the chance to make a hole in one from 165 yards (150 yards for women). If they make the shot, they receive $1 million (typically paid as an annuity).
  • Use the $1 Million Dollar shot for a raffle prize, putting contest prize, or the golfer closest to the pin on a par 3 hole
  • 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 Million Dollar Shot package.
How to Raise Money with a Million Dollar Shot:
  • A Million Dollar Shot can cost anywhere from $225 to $250 depending on the number of attempts you purchase
  • Sponsorship revenue can be from $750 to $5,000.
  • You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name on the hole they sponsor plus recognition at your fundraising golf event.
  • Allow the sponsor to announce the shot so they can get in front of your golfers!
  • Additional revenue can be made if you use as a raffle prize.
  • Chipping contests are a great way to entertain golfers at your golf event.
  • It can be an excellent sponsorship opportunity to add to your event as well
  • The most popular chipping contest format provides the winner with a guaranteed prize at the end of the fundraising golf event contest. This would be called a "Guaranteed Winner".
  • These contests are typically conducted prior to tee off on the practice putting green. Chipping contests are a fun way to start your event and bring in incremental revenue for your event through entry fees and sponsorship.
How to Raise Money with Chipping Contests:
  • Chipping Contest entry fee = $10
  • If you have 100 players, that would be $1,000 from entry fees
  • Sell a sponsorship for the chipping contest for $750
  • Cost of the contest can range from $100 to $500 depending on the type of prize
  • In this scenario, net revenue can range anywhere from $1,650 to $1,250
  • You provide the sponsor with a sign with the company name plus allow them to to help you run the contest. This increases the value of the sponsorship since the sponsor interacts with the players in a fun atmosphere.
  • Utilize a Trackman Golf distance tracker or other simulator on the driving range (ask your golf pro if the course has one or if he/she can borrow one)
  • Players pay an entry fee - $5, $10, $20
  • Each golfer guesses how far they will hit the ball
  • Winner is the golfer that guesses closest to the actual distance their ball goes
  • Prize can be a donated item or a "Guaranteed Winner" from the Perfect Golf Event Tournament Shop
  • 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 fundraising 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. You can also have a volunteer help monitor the contest and measure any drives that are close to the string.
  • In a par 3 challenge, you setup your course with multiple par 3 Hole in one contests.
  • The golfers closest to the pin on each par 3 qualify for a shootout.
  • Your hole-in-one or shootout prizes can range in value. Reach out to Perfect Golf Event if you would like to discuss Par 3 Challenges within your budget!
How to Raise Money with a Par 3 Challenge:
  • Their are multiple sponsorship opportunities within this type of format. You can sell a sponsorship for each hole in one prize as well as the shootout.
  • Allow your sponsor to interact with players on their designated hole!

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Listen to a recent webinar recorded by Paul Courter, COO of Perfect Golf Event. Paul discusses how common formats in golf events have gone stale and some unique ideas that you can introduce at your next fundraising golf event. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We also have many more topics which can be found on our YouTube channel!

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