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Golf Fundraising Ideas

Golf Fundraising Ideas outlines some creative ways for your organization to make the most of your charity golf tournament or fundraising golf outing. Of course, the player registration fee provides a baseline for obtaining funds; however, there are plenty of opportunities to raise fundraising dollars before, during and after the tournament takes place. We've outlined some of the best golf fundraising ideas here to provide you with interesting ways to help you exceed your fundraising goals.

Ideas for Managing Your Golf Tournament

Before you begin registering golfers and requesting online donations and sponsorship fees, you'll want to create a plan of action for how you'll manage your charity golf tournament. You may want to read "how to organize a golf tournament" for step-by-step planning guidelines.

You may also want to consider implementing golf tournament software to help you manage all the details of your golf tournament event including:

  • Online golfer and team registration, team pairings
  • Process secure online donations
  • Sponsorship and product sales management
  • Detailed financial reporting
  • Free technical support and training


You may also be interested in these free golf tournament planning tools to help make your tournament a success: Tournament planner/checklist, a Microsoft Excel based budget, and a set of five standard letter templates which can be easily modified for your tournament needs.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: Before the Event


Reach out to the community for event sponsorships. What a great way to start out on the right financial footing. By hosting a large charity golf tournament that draws in businesses and influential community members, selling cash and in-kind sponsorship packages should be easy. Sponsorship benefits may be outlined and packages sold directly on your golf tournament website.

Golf Marathons

One golf fundraising idea is to host a golf marathon or "golf-a-thon" - a rather new initiative in fundraising golf tournaments that engages players in recruiting sponsorships and donations. Golf marathons allow organizations to increase fundraising dollars raised by having tournament participants commit to raising a certain amount of money through pledge donations. Ask your golfers to contact friends, colleagues, and family members to solicit donations for their participation in your golf tournament. Each golfer can easily raise $250 or $500 by tapping into their friends and family. Often, the golfer is not charged to play in your fundraising golf tournament if they meet your minimum pledge standards.

Sell Golf Merchandise

If your organization created apparel for the tournament with collared golf shirts, hats, visors, golf balls, etc. (with sponsor logos), this is a great time to sell them! If you are using golf tournament software, you can sell your fundraising merchandise directly from your tournament website! If you don't have your own items to sell, see if the course gift shop can set up special pricing for tournament attendees and give a percentage of sales back to your cause. If you are sending customers into their gift shop and encouraging sales, they will likely be interested in giving you a kick-back.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: On the Course

Fundraising Raffle

One way to make great use of your prizes is to host a Fundraising Raffle. Reach out to the local community months before the actual tournament to get a variety of prizes donated. Showcase the items before the tournament starts so people can see the items they could win and sell the raffle tickets before they hit the course. Have raffle ticket sales also available at the awards ceremony following the tournament.

Cash-Bar Golf Cart

A great way to raise additional dollars is by hitting up golfers while they are on the course. The best way to do this is with a fully-stocked cash-bar cart! Load up the back of a golf cart with snacks, ice and cold drinks, then drive the course and sell your golfers what they want. Cold beer and sodas are the best sellers, but don't forget to include snack foods like pretzels and chips. You may also want to add items like small bottles of sunscreen or hats and visors in case people forgot the essentials. And, don't forget to send extra raffle tickets, just in case someone is in the buying mood after a great drive.

Golf Tournament Contests

You can also raise more money on the course through hosting golf tournament contests at different holes throughout the day. Some examples include: closest to the pin, beat the pro, longest drive, etc. These contests can really create a fun and exciting atmosphere for golfers and create a "buzz" during the day of the event as well as bringing in some bonus dollars.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: After the Tournament

Golf Charity Auction

One great way to raise additional funds is to host a golf charity auction as part of your charity golf tournament. Since your golf tournament event is bound to attract a number of attendees, a golf charity auction is great way to earn additional funds, while providing an opportunity for guests to bid on valuable one-of-a-kind items. You can even include large ticket items (such as vacation packages) at no risk to your organization with No Risk Auction Items.

With GolfReg Professional software, your tournament website includes an online auction component. Here people can view items, place bids or select "buy now" pricing. This gives people who cannot attend the physical golf tournament an opportunity to contribute to your cause. If you do choose to host a golf silent auction on-site at the tournament, you can print bid sheets up from where your online auction left off and give tournament attendees the final opportunity to bid on items before you announce the winners. A golf charity auction is a very common golf fundraising idea (because it works!) and great add-on to your post-tournament party.

Golf Tournament Dinner & Banquet

Since golf outings usually attract a large number of people from your community, this is a fantastic time to host a dinner or banquet in conjunction with the tournament. For people not interested in the game of golf itself, the banquet provides another opportunity to raise additional dollars. Sell separate tickets for this event and provide: entertainment, excellent food, silent auction and an awards ceremony. For the golfers, a banquet is a perfect time to wind down from the long day of playing golf. People are hungry, thirsty and happy. They will enjoy the time to share the experiences of the day with friends and other co-workers, while finding out results of contests and raffle prizes. This is also a great time to make any announcements about what your organization's goals helping you spread awareness for your cause. Be sure to thank golfers, volunteers and sponsors and highlight specific community members who made a difference.

In Summary

Whether you are planning a small or large fundraising golf tournament, we hope that these golf fundraising ideas and GolfReg golf tournament software will assist you with the important tournament details, allowing you to focus on a more successful event that raises more money for your organization. Good Luck!