Golf Contest Tip: Park Your Prize at Your Golf Outing

golf contests - new carYour golf tournament is quickly approaching, and as one of the prizes for your golf contests (hole in one contest, putting contest and/ or shootout), you’ve decided to team up with your local car dealership to insure a vehicle.  Great choice!  Want to give your new auto sponsor the biggest bang for their sponsorship buck?  Here’s how…

When insuring a vehicle at your golf tournament, you’ll want to have the dealership you’re working with, drive the vehicle that’s being offered out to the course.

According to Zak Woodhead, Risk Manager with Hole In One International’s sister company, Odds On Promotions, “We strongly suggest that the vehicle be driven out on the golf course and parked either on the tee box, or right next to it, for maximum visibility. After all, every golfer has to approach the tee box during a  hole in one golf contest!   Even better, golfers can then open the door to the vehicle, take a seat inside, and experience the pleasant aroma of that new car smell!  Keep in mind that Hole In One International will also provide you with a 30 x 30”  target hole sign, at no additional cost, so you can advertise the hole sponsor’s name/company, as well as a description of the vehicle’s make, model and year!”

As for which hole to place the vehicle on, it all depends on which one is being insured!  Just make sure that the hole is a minimum of 135 yards in length.

For more information on any of our golf contests, or questions regarding vehicle placement for maximum sponsorship value, feel free to give Hole In One International a call at 800-827-2249.  You’re also welcome to email us for assistance!

P.S. Wanting to insure a golf contest that’s not at a golf course?  No problem!  Odds On Promotions, our sister company, has a variety of different golf contests to choose from which can take place any time, anywhere!

Golf Contests Between the 9s: A Great Idea!

High Five PutterHaving trouble deciding whether you should hold your insured putting contest or million dollar shootout contest before or after your golf tournament?  Don’t feel that you have the time for any golf contests before or after the golf outing?  If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of those questions, then you’ll definitely want to consider having your players qualify, or even participate, in your golf contests “between” the 9s.

After players finish playing the 9th hole on the golf course, have them gather ’round for a chance to sink a 50-foot or longer putt or score a hole in one with one of our various golf contests!  It’s the perfect opportunity to qualify your contestants during this time; otherwise, have them pre-qualify prior to the golf tournament and hold the actual golf contests during that time.  The choice is strictly up to you!

“The great part about the insured golf contests we have to offer is the fact that we’re able to offer flexibility as far as when you’re able to hold them”, notes Kristen Hansen, Marketing Assistant with Hole In One International.  “We realize that each golf tournament will have varying time restraints and we do our best to accommodate each committee’s needs the best we can.  Having the ability to conduct your golf contests between the 9s is a great example of this.”

“A common misconception is the fact that we’re unable to insure a putting contest or million dollar shootout unless an actual golf tournament is taking place”, Hansen adds.  “This is not at all the case, as putting contests and million dollar shootouts can most definitely be insured as stand-alone events.  No tournament?  No problem!”

If you have any other questions about holding golf contests “between the 9s”, don’t hesitate to give Hole In One International a call at 800-827-2249.  You can also email us with any questions!

Golf Tournament Surveys

Now here’s an idea you may not have thought about before: golf tournament surveys!

A survey is a great way to get feedback from your golf tournament participants and attendees on what you can possibly improve on in the future to ensure that people keep coming back each year for more!  The questions you want answers to will obviously vary, depending on the nature of your golf outing, but here are some example questions you may want to consider asking:

  • How did you enjoy the golf course?  Did you find it too easy, too challenging or just right?
  • Would you be willing to travel to play a new course?  If so, how far?
  • Do you prefer to play golf on a public golf course or a private country club?
  • What day of the week is most ideal for you to participate in golf outings?
  • Do you feel that we offered enough various contests and activities throughout the day?
  • Were the food and beverages offered during the day of the golf tournament adequate?

Passing out golf tournament surveys to each and every player/attendee at the end of your golf outing is also a great way to gather referrals — whether they be golfers or volunteers — by asking them to list people that they would like for your committee to contact in the future regarding any future golf tournament events!  The more leads the better, right?

For more ideas on creating golf tournament surveys, feel free to give Hole In One International a call today at 800-827-2249… or email us at any time.  We’re here to help when it comes to help making your golf tournament a success!

 

Photos & Videos of Your Golf Tournament

NonprofitSwingWant to give your tournament participants and volunteers a way to remember your golf outing for years to come?  Then be sure to take as many photos and videos as possible before, during and even after your event!  Just make sure they’re quality photos/videos.  Wondering how to ensure that they are?  Hole In One International is here to explain how to make the most out of your visual memories and provide you with some great ideas!

Photos
Make sure you pay attention to what you’re taking photos of!  (This may seem elementary, but truth be told we see a lot of photos of scenery and beverage carts.)  While these types of photos are okay to have, it’s still important to focus on your main subject: your tournament participants!  Be sure to gather some great action shots of your players, individual photos and team/foursome photos.  Have your designated photographer (if applicable) drive around in a golf cart and take some unique photos.  Also be sure to take photos of any contest winners you happen to have!  If/when hole in one insurance is included in your outing, be sure to take a photo of any winners you have next to the prize they’ve won, if it happens to be out on the golf course; otherwise, have them stand by the appropriate signage on the hole that shows what they’ve won!

Videos
Be sure to take footage of your golfers throughout the duration of your outing.  Put together a ‘collage’ of sorts to share at your awards ceremony and sell to participants (as well as to use to promote the next event). It will make for plenty of laughs – especially if you manage to catch some footage of any golf follies, such as a player being stuck in an inescapable sand trap or a player’s ball landing straight into a water hazard.  Depending on the amount/quality of video equipment available at your golf tournament, you can also station the video cameras on a specific hole on the course and video each golfer playing that particular hole.  Or, if you have the time, you can even video each golfer’s performance from start to finish and possibly sell a video of their performance to them.  Looking to give your sponsor(s) additional exposure?  Feel free to include any necessary commercials in the video as well.

Need more photo/video suggestions?  Feel free to give Hole In One International a call at 800-827-2249… or email us, and we’ll be sure to help you out and give you more pointers!

Holding an Auction at Your Golf Tournament

Wondering how some golf tournaments are managing to fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars? What if we told you it has to do with the inclusion of an auction? That’s right — unless you’re holding a major Celebrity-Am or Pro-Am which includes big-time sponsors, it can be extremely difficult to fundraise large amounts. Adding an auction to your golf outing is the key to achieve those big figures. In fact, many times auctions will make more money than the actual golf tournament itself!

Auctions are not only extremely popular, but it also gives participants the opportunity to buy an assortment of things that they would not normally buy. It’s ideal for a time-filler as well — not all of your golfers will finish their rounds at the same time. By holding an auction, you’re able to provide those who finish early with an activity to that will keep them on-site. It is also a great opportunity for golfers to get to know one another and network. But most importantly, at least to those looking to fundraise, it generates major moolah.

The key to generating “major moolah”, however, lies in the items.  While it’s essential that you acquire some big items, it’s also important to have several smaller items as well to ensure that you’re catering to everyone’s various budgets.  Some popular auction items consist – but are not limited to – the following: vacations, rounds of golf, jewelry, sports-related items, etc.  To obtain your items, you can buy them, have them donated, or acquire them from auction companies on consignment.

Be sure to have a designated Auction Chair whose sole duty is to focus on the auction and make sure it’s a success.  Make sure to start in advance when running your auction – post it [on your website] and promote it!  Allow non-golfers to join in and place their bids.  Its a good idea to work towards having credit cards accepted at the event and, be sure to collect the money that evening, if at all possible; otherwise, it becomes a hassle to collect after the fact.

More questions about running your golf event?  No problem!  Give Hole In One International a call today at 800-827-2249 or email us if you need more pointers!



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