Tired of silent auctions, telethons, galas, and carwashes to raise money? This year produce a charity golf tournament and raise a ton of money while you’re at it.

You can learn to host a charity golf tournament in just a few simple steps:
  1. Create a Timeline and Budget. So, how do you organize a charity golf tournament? Where do you even begin? Start with a detailed timeline and a budget. You will need a planning timeline as well as a timeline of the event. Your overall timeline should be generous so that you can be confident everything will be completed on time. You will also need a budget. The goal of the event is to raise funds, so you have to limit spending where you can. While you may not be able to stick to the exact dollar amount you planned, you should be able to stay in the general guidelines of your budget.
  2. Assemble Committees and Delegate Tasks. Planning and promoting a charity golf tournament requires a team of people. You will need a group to manage donations and sponsorships and a group in charge of marketing the event. There should also be a group to plan the logistic of the event such as parking, golf carts, entertainment, food, and any other detail. You will also want plenty of volunteers for the day of the event. These people should be knowledgeable about the series of events and be prepared to answer questions from guests. For each of these committees, elect a point-person that you can contact if you have questions or concerns. That will be the person accountable for making sure the tasks of the committee are complete. The more organized you are before the event, the greater likelihood of success that day.
  3. Find The Right Course. Before you get too far into the details of planning, you’ll need to find a great course to host your charity golf tournament. Consider what your guests are looking for in a golf course – public, private, easy, difficult etc. You should also plan to approach the course with a solid pitch for your charity and the event. Most courses are amenable to helping, but you’ll likely have to plan for an event between Monday and Thursday. If you have friends or contacts that play golf in the area, see if they are willing to introduce you to someone at their course.
  4. Get Awesome Prizes. The goal of the fundraiser is to accept generous donations. But you also want to reward all the wonderful people that came out to play. Consider buying various prizes for longest drive, longest putt, and of course, the overall winner. Take a look at our golf awards category for the perfect awards for your charity golf tournament. 
Ensuring Charity Golf Tournament Success

Review the tips above, and you will already be on your way to a successful charity golf tournament. Plan as much as you can ahead of time so that you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work on the day of the event. You can also ask other members of your community that may have planned a charity golf tournament before for other suggestions. 

Good luck, and have fun!