Golf Tournament Fundraising Ideas

By Carolyn Williams

If you are running a golf tournament, you are likely already in the black with your fundraiser. Most fundraising tournaments charge a premium to ensure that the green fees are covered and that the additional costs of running the tournament are covered as well. If you price the tournament the right way, there should still be a reasonable sum to hand over to your charity of choice. You can increase the pot by adding a few elements to your golf tournament fundraiser to ensure that it is a successful one.

Tee Sponsors

Contact local businesses, businesses that the charity uses extensively (lawyers or builders, perhaps) and wealthy individuals and ask them to sponsor a tee. For the cost of a simple sign and the time to generate a receipt with the charity's tax ID, you can generate significant funding. Remember to have these placed on the course prior to start of the tournament, but not so early that they get wet with early morning dew as this can ruin the signs.

Food and Drink Sponsors

A golf tournament typically involves libations and some good food. Local businesses, especially sports bars, may be willing to supply food or drink, or to cover the cost of providing these items. This minimizes the cost of the tournament and increases the payment to the charity.

Raffle Tickets

You can generate significant sales from raffling off items that golfers might enjoy. Work the golf club and see if they can get donations of foursomes at other courses. You might also see if the chef at the course will donate a catered dinner. Other items that typically raffle well are tickets to sporting events, which can be donated by the community or the team, and home electronics equipment.

Silent Auction

Typically at the end of a tournament, you hold a reception to congratulate winners and socialize. During this time, you can generate more income for your charity by running a silent auction. You might include gift certificates to restaurants, spas or shops as well as items, such as new golf club or bag.

Closest to the Hole

You can also run a contest to see who can putt closest to a designated hole. Have the pro set the hole and the distance from which you putt. Golfers can pay a small fee for two or three tries to putt closest to the hole. You can offer to split the pot with the winner, or simply keep the proceeds for the charity.

About The Author

Carolyn Williams began writing for the software industry over 20 years ago. She now writes and edits for online content providers in addition to raising her family. An avid traveler and golf enthusiast, Carolyn delights in sharing her knowledge of destinations both far and near.


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