April’s Tournament Tip: Think Outside the Box!
By Dave Kuhn, Coyote Hills Tournament Manager During my time as a tournament director, I have learned one vital lesson: Never allow yourself to get stuck doing or thinking the same thing when it comes to planning a golf tournament. Dare to be different and utilize the golf industry resources at your fingertips to make these ideas a reality. If you are running a golf tournament to raise money for a particular youth organization, make sure you’re incorporating that particular sport into the tournament. One example relates to youth soccer organizations. FootGolf is growing in popularity, and adding a FootGolf hole to your tournament gives the participants a chance to try something new and different that still relates to the organization. Adding a special hole like this also creates an extra source of revenue for your fundraiser, as many players will donate to compete in the “special hole challenge.” Whether the sport is soccer, football, basketball, or baseball – think of creative ways to display it in your tournament. Times are changing in the golf industry, and creating new memorable ways for people to remember your particular tournament can create interest for the following year’s event. Just imagine the first time someone brought up the idea of having a helicopter ball drop at a golf tournament. People most likely thought the idea was crazy, but now it is one of the most popular fundraising ideas. Also, it’s important to communicate with your host golf course and tournament director on any ideas pertaining to your tournament. The last thing anyone wants to have happen is an innovative and great fundraising idea going to waste because of poor communication. So remember, the next time you’re planning a charity golf tournament or fundraiser, think outside the box and lead your tournament to fundraising success!