Chamber golf outings are a great way to raise money and introduce members. It’s a topic that comes up frequently on the Chamber of Commerce Professionals Group on Facebook. Here are a few of the questions from that group and answers from 25+ chamber professionals:
Anybody got great ideas to jazz up our annual golf tournament? It’s a good fundraiser for us, largely due to support from our corporate sponsors, but we feel like it could be SO much better….
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Beth Lowder Pippin We added a Ball Drop 2 years ago and it has been very successful
Kate Conroy Do you have an liquor distributors in the area? They will often send some girls over to promote the hot new beverage… My guys (of course) love it.
Susan Munroe Beware of ball drops at least in Ohio. As area golf outing was shut down the day off because of gambling violations with its ball drop. Know the laws in your state. It unfortunate, but it can happen.
WM Jones Palm Springs Chamber always offered a side crochet event for those of us that don’t golf. I ALWAYS enjoyed it and participated, where as I would have skipped the event if it wasn’t offered. (crochet gets vicious, especially when champagne was offered)
Beth Henderson Stevens We’ve added the Fantasy Golf Scratch-off cards, which we sell for $5 each. It’s fun, and it engages the entire community, not just the ones who play golf. We raised about $1,000 extra dollars by adding this element. We start selling them about a month before the event, and continue for a couple of weeks after the event, then announce the winners. A local sporting goods store donates gift cards as the prizes.
Erin Bemis We added a tee box sponsor. It’s not your typical sign at a hole… The sponsor was allowed to set up a station at the tee box, and have staff there to man it, engage with the players and make it more effective. Our credit union created a prize wheel, and had gifts from them in each slot. ( money, golf balls, goldfish, snacks, wine, logo items, etc.) it was a huge hit and we charged a premium for the sponsorships.
Katie Stice Ours is on Cinco de Mayo and so lends itself to a fun and easy theme already. Hole sponsors are always popular and fun, awards make it competitive … more on the website http://www.pdacc.org
Annette Medlin Specialty holes are great, also a cigar stand. There’s a great company that has a super ticket program that is branded for you, they provide the signage, you determine the price, it includes raffle tickets, mulligans, scratch golf drawing, a couple of contests….all for one price. We killed it with these at $35.00 a pop. PM me if you want details.
John Devitt Do it at night and make it a glow in the dark tourney!
Ray Hernandez Add a Calcutta dinner event with flights for teams by handicaps. We auctioned each team off with the chamber taking a percentage of each bid. It’s amazing how people will bid high for teams they feel have an advantage with A level players.
Brad Ball We’ve used a theme the last couple years that seems to be a great hit. 2013 was Caddyshack and everyone has said it will be very hard to beat it. Always love a challenge!
Kristina Wiltgen We added a Calcutta a few years ago. We consistently make $1200 off of it and those that win money back are always very happy too!
Kristina Wiltgen Brad we usually have 40-42 teams on our 18 hole course. We run 3 flights (sometimes all teams mixed in and sometimes we do a womens, mens and mixed flights depends on our team structures) We run the auction with the understanding the total pot will be split 4 ways – a quarter to each flight and a quarter to the Chamber. In the past two years we have split that quarter (75/25%) within each flight to pay the first and second place buyers. Last year we had one woman that bought the first place teams in two flights – she was one happy golfer!
Debbi Rydberg We also go with a theme. Last year was a Shoot Out (western) this year it’s Super Golf with comic heroes. Yes we are watching y trademarks. Loads of fun and no one else does it like us. We also upped the hole sponsorship go included cost of a very nice prize we buy. Sponsors love it.
Bonnie A. Westley I’m curious about how to do a themed golf outing. Sounds interesting. A night tournament – WOW! That sounds like a hit waiting to happen. Love the idea of a cigar stand. Thank you all for sharing – we would never have even thought of some of these great ideas. You are all so creative.
Courtney Chapella Our golf outing is usually 35-40 teams. We have flag sponsors for each hole. Those sponsors are allowed to bring a table, etc. to set up at the hole. We have many sponsors provide snacks and drinks. We also have 4 “beer” holes where we provide free bee…See More
Creative Golf Group Names
Looking for some creative naming ideas – starting a referral group / 5 week golf group. 9 holes on a Monday with 15 minute instruction first each week. Each week you golf with 3 new people
Doug McDermott Making Green, Career Links, Links on Links (forgive the golf puns)
Dawn Johnson Network 9, The link connection, connect on the link, swing at new connections, Green connections,
Henry Florsheim Hot Links
Jane Templeton Clark Ours is Network on the Links
Cory Skeates Ours was “Nine Hole Networking.”
Mike Paone Thanks. Some good ones that maybe we can mold together. I’m working on ball, towel and shirt sponsors. Anyone add anything else?
Dan Schenkein Mike, I’d sure like to learn more about your program when you’re ready to launch, please.
Nancie Gray Neat idea — tell me more.
Debbi Rydberg Executive Eagles