6 Golf Tournament Planning Tips

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It’s important that everyone working on the event is on the same page. Photo courtesy of Golfible.com

Golf tournament planning can be an overwhelming task—but it doesn’t have to be.

These 10 tried and true golf tournament planning tips can help your event achieve its goals.

Define Your Mission

Everyone working on the event needs to understand: 1) the why and 2) the who. By defining the event goal and the golfers, you can plan a unique and memorable experience.

Budget Accordingly

After determining the scope of your tournament, secure a comprehensive proposal from the course to avoid any surprises. Fees include, but are not limited to: greens fees, cart fee, practice balls (or range fee), beverages (beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic), food and other miscellaneous fees.

Get Support From the Course

Involve the golf professional staff in the planning of your event. Tap into their experience. Ask them to create an event microsite so it’s easy for your players to find information and register for your event.

Gifting Essentials

Your gift bag is the first impression of your event, so give it some real thought. Treat your golfers to memorable items like a quality golf shirt or other apparel that they will use and that will remind them of the event.

Choose Committee Chairs & Define Roles

Each aspect of the tournament needs a committee chair to that the planning and execution run smoothly. Create a work plan and revisit and revise it regularly to keep everything moving forward. Make sure your staff/volunteers know their roles. Prior to the event, have staff/volunteer meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Do a Post-Mortem

After the event, have an after-action meeting to go over the event and see where improvement is needed for the next year. Invite the professional staff of the golf course to lend their expertise and support. Also, if you use volunteers, hold a thank you dinner to show your appreciation and celebrate a job well done!

Source: Val D’Souza, Vice President of Operations, KemperSports

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.