It can be easy to intertwine golf with philanthropic aspiration. Each year, there is a seemingly countless amount of charitable golf events — typically constructed as tournaments — that occur nationwide.
If you are involved with golf and also have a knack for charitable giving, it may be wise to blend your passions together to aid others.
However, building such an event from the ground up can be difficult and logistically intimidating. To aid you in your endeavors, here are a few tips for organizing a successful charity golf event.
Build a plan
An obvious first step in building your charitable golf event is to draw a plan. What do you want your event to be, and who would you like it to benefit? If you wish to create and host a charitable tournament, for example, who would you like the tournament proceeds to be directed toward? Furthermore, how much do you plan to charge in terms of entry fees, attire sales, and other subsequent means of fund collecting? These are the types of questions you will need to ask yourself as you conceptualize your event.
Align your resources
Once you have a plan set in stone, you will need to establish a list of resources with which to bring your event to life. Keeping with the charity tournament example, you would need to align a list of sponsors, assemble a planning committee, and most importantly decide on a course on which you will host the tournament. You may have a strong understanding of what you are setting out to achieve, but you will almost always need help in order to make these aspirations a reality.
Figure out course agreements
To expand on a point from the previous section, a very important part of establishing a charitable golf event is making sure you have properly negotiated a deal with your golf course of choice. These negotiations will typically include setting a date and tee time (you will want to be as flexible as possible here), the number of entrees and projected amount of spectators, and the costs concessions and services. All of these matters, when organized and finalized, will make the event a much easier interaction for everyone.
Most charitable events hinge on the contributions of volunteer workers — both on and off the golf course. Your event should be no different. Put out calls for volunteers, spreading the word to your friends, family members, neighbors, and community members. The more help you can assemble, the less hassle you will be faced with on the day of the event. Make sure to treat your volunteers well; you may not be paying them, but make sure they are taken care of.