Public Golf Courses vs. Private Golf Courses

Debating on whether to hold your golf tournament at a public or private golf course?  Not sure which would be the best fit for your organization?  Read on as we highlight the main features of both types of courses and by the time you’re finished reading this blog post, you’ll be able to make some informed decisions!

Public Golf Courses


  • Less expensive than a private course
  • Easier access to the facility (no membership needed)
  • Gives you the ability to find/support lesser-known courses and find the smaller ‘gems’ in your area


  • Usually not as well-managed/maintained as private golf courses
  • Does not offer as many feaures or ammenities as a private course
  • More crowded than a private golf course


Private Golf Courses


  • More features/amenities (i.e. showers, restaurants, private lessons, massages, etc.)
  • Better maintained and generally more scenic
  • Less crowded; higher chance of having the course to yourself


  • Requires monthly membership fees; more expensive than public golf courses
  • Limitation of play (not as open or available as a public golf course)
  • If you eventually find that you’re not enjoying your experience, you’re locked into a membership


A happy medium between the two would also be a high-end golf resort.  These golf resorts will sometimes host charity golf events at no charge, so it’s definitely worth looking into!

Have any other questions about the differences between holding your golf outing at a public or private golf course?  Feel free to give us a call at 800-827-2249 and we’d be happy to answer them for you!  You can always email us as well.  Good luck!

Insuring A Hole In One In Mexico

Mexican Flag image¿Vive usted en México? (Do you live in Mexico?)  Great news: you can still insure your next hole-in-one, million-dollar shootout and/or putting contest through Hole In One International!  That’s because we provide insurance in any English or Spanish-speaking country!

Just be sure to properly advertise your prize value on your complimentary golf signage when you purchase your policy with us!  Since all of our prizes are paid out in USD, it’s important to make sure your ‘jugadores’ (players) know the exact amount they’ll be winning!  While you’re free to advertise your prize value in USD (e.g. “$10,000 USD”), you can also make it easier for everyone and advertise the same prize value in pesos (e.g. “127,274 MXN” -or- “127,274 pesos”), so long as it’s an accurate conversion.

That’s right — all of our signs are able to be shipped to Mexico!  Just contact our shipping department for pricing details!

Have any other questions about holding a hole in one contest, putting contest, or million-dollar shootout contest in Mexico?  Have questions about international shipping fees?  Feel free to give us a call at 800-827-2249 or send us an email.  We’d be happy to answer all of your questions!

¡Buena suerte!

Bringing The Golfing Community Together … With Chili.

Chili “Chili?”, you’re asking.  That’s right — chili.  On April 14, Gahanna, Ohio area golfers will gather at Gahanna Municipal Golf Course for their annual “Chili Bowl”, which will feature family games, activities, raffles and prizes for all attendees.   According to this article, golfers of all ages and skill levels will be invited for a round of golf and to taste a “hole” lot of chili.

That’s because local area restaurants and business sponsors will all be bringing their own chili to the event, which each and every attendee will be able to sample (rain or shine) … all for a nominal fee of $5/person!

According to Greg Ledbetter, recreation coordinator for the golf course, “Our goal is to let people see the fine golf course we have in our community.  We would like to increase membership and the number of people we have coming out to play.”

Here at Hole In One International, we just think it’s a darn clever way to kick off the season!

Steal this idea and hold your own variation of Gahanna’s “Chili Bowl” to attract a crowd, generate excitement and increase awareness of your restaurant/business!  Have each restaurant/business sponsor a hole on the golf course (hint: Hole In One International’s sponsor signs are perfect for this type of occasion!)

The possibilities are endless.  Are you a restauraunt that serves hot wings?  Hold your own Annual “WingDing!”  Show off your tasty hot dogs at “Duffers and Dogs.”  Seafood restaurants may want people to try their fish recipes at “Fish on the Fairway.”

Get the picture?  We sure do… and it looks delicious!

Kirk Triplett: What You Likely Never Knew …

When the name Kirk Triplett comes to mind, you likely think about the fact that he’s a 3-time PGA Tour winner.  Or maybe your mind wanders to his signature “bucket hat” that he’s known for wearing.  The fact that he has approximately $14,089,515 in career earnings is definitely noteworthy as well.  But did you know that he’s also part owner of Hole In One International?

That’s right: Triplett has been on-board with Hole In One International as part owner since 2004.

Triplett turns 50 on March 29 and will make his Champions Tour debut at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla.

People are now learning more than ever that there’s a lot more to Triplett than meets the eye.

Selling Sponsorships At Your Golf Tournament (Part 2 of 3)

For those of you who haven’t read Part 1 of Selling Sponsorships At Your Golf Tournament, we encourage you to do so before pressing forward.  For those who already have, welcome to part 2; we hope you can pick up some valuable pointers!

Teach Your Committee How To Adequately Sell
As silly as it sounds, it’s vital for your everyone in your committee to be on the same page and know the appropriate sales process. Be sure to set sales goals for each member and start selling early! Be sure to use multiple methods of contact, such as personalized letters, telephone calls or better yet,  personal visits to your potential sponsors. Instruct your committee to ask open-ended questions, have an objective prior to each sales presentation, listen carefully to what your sponsor has to say, implement the necessary follow-up steps and last, but not least,  follow up!

The 3rd and final part of Selling Sponsorships At Your Golf Tournament will be posted next week, so stay tuned!  And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 800-827-2249 or email us any time!

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