Sure, your chamber golf outing is a lot of fun and the entry fee likely brings in a little revenue (or a lot, if you’re lucky). But what additional ways are there to raise money aside from the typical silent auctions?
Bringing in Additional Revenue at the Chamber Golf Outing
The chamber professionals from the Chamber Pros Facebook group shared the following suggestions recently.
- A big ticket giveaway. Don’t mess around with the little stuff. If you have a sponsor, or member, who is willing to donate a large item sell raffle tickets for it. Provide a discounted ticket price for those who buy in multiples to drive purchase. The Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce sold raffle tickets for a 25-person BBQ event and it was wildly successful.
- Wine raffle. Another fun activity is a wine “grab bag” raffle. Mary Sperr shared, “We have a variety of red and white wines in wine bags. Red (wines) tied with red ribbon and white tied with white. Advertised and included in some of the bags are gift certificates or store cards. We sell them for $20 a piece with a minimum value of at least $20.”
- Poker holes. How about a fun activity that ties directly into their golfing? Brenda Guddex said her chamber used poker holes. She explains that teams try to get the best poker hand throughout the course of the chamber golf outing. At registration, teams that want to enter pay for and receive a set number of playing cards. Then at the predetermined poker holes, teams receive additional cards. The value of the card is based on if they golfed a birdie, par or bogey, etc. The goal is to get the best hand at the conclusion of the golf tournament.
- Sell “Get Out of Jail Free” cards. Golf is an impossible game to do perfectly. Even the best golfer occasionally finds themselves in the rough. Some chambers sell “mulligan” packages that can be applied to unavoidables like landing in a sand trap. Annie Woods explained her chamber, “…typically had three packages to choose from. The $50 one was basic with one free mulligan, free sand trap, etc. The $75 offered a little bit more, and then the $100 one was super deluxe that not many people would get, but it was an option and made it easier for them to drop the $50 or $75 since they felt like they were getting a deal. You just need to set the rules ahead of time whether it counts towards team scores only or personal, etc. They were given a special color card for each package, so they could cash it in with the scorekeepers. Brings in a few thousand extra with no money needed up front other than the cards and a sign.”
What additional revenue ideas have you used at your chamber golf outing? Share them with the group here or read the others.