If you plan on holding a Million Dollar Shootout, then you’ll need to pre-register/pre-qualify your players prior to the event. Deciding the best course of action to take when it comes to qualifying your players can be quite confusing at times. After all, there are a vast number of ways to go about doing so. So how are you supposed to know which method will be most beneficial for your company or organization? Let’s take a look:
Fundraising If your goal is to fundraise, then the simplest way to qualify players would be to hold a raffle. Depending on how big your company or organization is, you can charge anywhere from $1 to $2 upward toward $20 or $50 for an individual to enter a raffle and have their name drawn for a shot at $1,000,000.
Another way to help fundraise would be to have a silent auction. The individual(s) with the highest bid received at the auction will then have the opportunity to participate in the Million Dollar Shoot-out.
You could also hold a merchandise sale and have the top 1-2 consumers who have spent the most money be the qualifiers!
Skills-based Skills-based qualifiers are another great way to narrow down your players. Having a longest or straightest drive contest or closest to the pin contest will help narrow down your players and determine who will be able to participate in the Million Dollar Shoot out.
If you’re having an actual golf tournament and the Million Dollar Shootout is to take place after the tournament, another option would be to take your first/last place team members and bring them back for the shot.
For added fun, be sure to offer consolation prizes to the other participants so they don’t leave empty-handed, whether it be a t-shirt, a sleeve of golf balls or perhaps a pro shop gift card where players can purchase merchandise or a free round of golf at the golf course!
Chances are that at your next golf event, you’ll likely hold your shootout at a golf course. But did you know that Hole In One International also allows you to hold shootouts on a driving range once your players are pre-qualified? All you need to do is follow the USGA regulations below:
Make sure the size of the flag and cup are under USGA regulations
Make sure the green is a USGA regulation-style green (no Astroturf or other synthetic materials)
Make sure the green’s grass is mown the same way as any other standard green
And as with any other of our insurance policies, you’ll also want to make sure you measure the yardage from the actual hitting on the tee box to the hole cut in the green and that the yardage isn’t lower than what you state on your contest coverage application.
Wanting to give away a big prize at your next shootout contest on the driving range? No problem; our contest consultants are here to help! You can call and speak to one by calling 800-827-2249 or just email us for a free, no-obligation quote!
P.S. To get you an accurate quote, we will need to know the following: how many players will be taking the shot, the yardage of the hole and the prize value you plan on going with.
Last month we discussed what a Hole In One Tournament Format is in regards to hole in one insurance. Today, Kristen Hansen with Hole In One International is back to discuss how it varies from a Hole In One Shootout Format.
The hole in one shootout format is designed for a select few players who are required to be pre-qualified in some fashion. The easiest and most popular way to do this would be to have a raffle, but there are many ways to qualify contestants including closest to the pin, longest drive, and straightest drive contests as well as via silent auction.
While a shootout format can be held in conjunction with a tournament (either before or after), some people choose to simply hold it as a stand-alone event; which is great, especially if you’re concerned about time restraints.
Once you’ve qualified your player(s), you gather everyone together at a particular hole (again, usually a 135-yard minimum and typically near the clubhouse) and have your qualifiers each take a single shot for your prize.
The feeling of camaraderie that each participant experiences when all of them are gathered together in one place is one that simply can’t be beat. (And, if you’re holding one of the above qualifiers, then this would be the perfect opportunity to purchase some of those sponsor signs we talked about the other week!)
So you’ve already received the necessary paperwork for your Million Dollar Shootout quote, right? Excellent! Then you only have a few things left to worry about – the “3 key requirements!”
Be sure to make your payment prior to the date of your event. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all accepted methods of payment. You can even write us a check, so long as it’s postmarked by the U.S. Post Office at least one day prior to the event. Please note that we will not accept any checks that are postmarked the day of the event or after.
Because of the high value of the prize, you will need to provide two (2) witnesses over the age of 21, not participating in the event, one of which is a certified PGA Professional. You will also need to provide a continuous, unedited video tape from behind the green of all shots taken.
The yardage of the hole must be measured from the hitting area on the tee box to the hole cut on the green. Be sure this figure is not lower than what you have written on your application and that it meets our minimum requirement of 135 yards.
If you’re unsure about any rules or regulations, shoot us an email or go ahead and give us a call at 800-827-2249. One of our Customer Service Representatives would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You’ve already watched our first video on the basics of shootout insurance… now we’ve released the second part which focuses on the most popular Million Dollar Shootout! What it is, how to fundraise with it, how pricing works, how to fill out the necessary paperwork… we’ve covered it all for you in this engaging how-to video. Check it out, then give us a call at 800-827-2249 to learn more about how you can insure a million dollar prize at your next event!