If you’re planning a charity golf fundraiser, you’re likely to have two important objectives in mind: First, to raise as much money as possible for your charity, and second, to ensure that everyone has a great time. A successful charity golf event usually includes an auction of interesting items.
For both live and silent auctions you’ll need a good range of auction items that will create plenty of buzz and draw high-dollar bids. If you’re holding a charity golf tournament, the obvious choices are articles with a clear golf theme, such as golf clubs, balls, Golf mats, bags, shirts, shoes and photographs. Better yet, how about offering memorabilia items that have been autographed by some of the leading golfers of our time. And just imagine how much your non-profit organization would benefit from being able to offer such attractive merchandise for auction.
Some golfers tend not to play too much golf during the winter months because of the cold and wet conditions, personally I like to play and practice as much as I can during these short days and dodgy weather conditions.
If you want to continue playing during winter then there are some slight alterations you can make to your golf game to get the best from these tough conditions, below you can find my tips for playing golf during these difficult conditions.
The first thing to understand about driving the golf ball in soft conditions is that you will not get much run on the ball when it lands, thus making sure you have a driver that gives you maximum carry is essential to your distance. Having two drivers is one option I have used for a while now, one with 12 degrees loft for winter and the other one has 9.5 degrees for summer conditions.
The other alternative is to use your 3 wood for all your tee shots, the 3 wood will give you maximum carry and also give you added accuracy on the golf course. Although you will loose some distance of the tee it will not effect your score that much, as most par fives and long par fours are not reachable for your average golfer in winter anyway.
Tip 2: Iron play.
Iron play during winter golf can be tricky for most golfers, there a few things to consider which can help you make much better contact on the ball during difficult conditions. The main tip for iron play is to try and keep your weight during the swing on your left side slightly, (right side for left handed players) this will give you a much steeper attack on the ball giving you the best chance of making contact with the ball first.
Some golf courses make us play of fairway Golf-mats during winter golf, the one thing to remember about playing of fairway mats is to make sure you grip down the club slightly to compensate for the ball being slightly higher of the ground.
You will find out how much to grip down the club through trial and error when playing, you should also consider that from 100 yards and in when playng of a mat you will generate much more back spin on the ball.
Tip 3: Chipping.
During winter golf chipping can be the hardest skill to get right, with very soft lies and muddy conditions making good contact with the ball can be difficult. Again keeping your weight mainly on your front foot can really help when playing these difficult shots, bounce on the bottom of the club can also make a big difference to the strike on the ball, I never use less than 10 degrees of bounce when playing chip shots around the green in winter.
Explaining how the bounce works is simple, it actually helps the club slide through the thick wet grass when playing chip shots around the green. The last thing you need when playing these shots is a club with a sharp leading edge digging into the turf, so make sure you use a wedge with a minimum of 10 degrees of bounce for all your greenside shots.
Tip 4: Putting.
The main thing to understand is you should not make any changes to your putting stroke when playing winter golf, changing your stroke can have dire effects when returning to summer golf on fast greens. The one thing I can suggest is to look at buying a heavier type putter for winter, the design of the mallet putter can be very beneficial when playing on slow bumpy greens.
I use a scotty cameron blade putter in summer for feel and touch on slick greens, and in winter when I need to get the ball to the hole on slow greens i use an odyssee mallet which allows me to use the same putting stroke.
Tip 5: Clothing.
Golf clothing manufactures have put a lot of effort into reseach and design of there clothing ranges in the past couple of years, gone are the days of wearing thich heavy jumpers and jackets to keep you warm and severely restricting your swing.
The modern design of golf clothing these days consisit of base layers, waterproof lightweight trousers, and lightweight waterproof jackets, I have used one of these base layers for a couple of years now and found it extremely comfortable and excellent at keeping me warm during those cold days.
The two companies that spring to mind when talking about golf clothing are calvin green and proquip, there are other manufactures out there that produce this sort of clothing. But for me these are the two I put my faith in when looking for winter golf clothing, the cost of these items can be expensive and calvin green are one of the most expensive brands out there.
Having said that calvin green do produce highly fashionable performance driven clothing that can really help your golf in winter and summer, if you can afford it then this is the brand i would look at for winter clothing but if you are on a budget then proquip do produce some great winter clothes at affordable prices.
Nonprofit fundraising is in huge demand these days. Hosting a charity golf tournament is one of the most effective ways to raise money, and many charities are taking advantage of it. With careful planning, your organization could pull in thousands of dollars in a single day with an effective charity golf event. Following are a few key steps to help in your charity golf tournament planning.
1) The first step is to plan when and where your charity golf tournament will take place. Ask around for people with connections to local golf courses or places others have played for charity fundraisers. Once you find a suitable location set the date. Be sure to stay clear of holidays or big events in your area like graduations.
2) The next step is setting up lunch for the day of the tournament. Some golf courses will have personal referrals, but if not, all you need is box lunches depending on the atmosphere on the tournament. You will also need food for the end of the golf tournament, so be sure to plan in advance.
3) Decide on an entrance fee to play in the golf outing. You will provide all players with lunch, and maybe a few extra things like a shirt or hat, but remember you’re charity tournament is meant to raise money so be sure to charge enough for each player to make a fair amount for your charity. Depending on the size of the charity, golf course, and supporters, the entrance fee for the golf event could range from a hundred dollars to a few thousand.
4) The next step is to find sponsors. This is typically done in charity tournaments by having an individual or business sponsor each their own hole.
5) A charity golf tournament is a great way for local businesses and individuals to advertise. Collect donations for bags to be given out to players in the golf outing. It will be easy to find local businesses willing to donate frisbees, cups, hats, and even shirts. Also throw in a few items personalized for your charity.
6) The most important step is promoting the fundraiser. Promoting a charity golf tournament should allow for the local media to promote the event for free. Place ads in local newspapers, magazines, and place a golf tournament flyer on street corners and in local restaurants. Consider going to other golf courses in the area and promote the event to their members.
The most important part of golf tournament planning is getting everything done weeks in advance. The ability to plan ahead will cause for a smooth charity fundraising event and happy participants. Feel free to add more to your event like golf tournament prizes. The more smoothly your tournament runs, the more money you will be able to raise for your charity.