Hosting a charity mini golf tournament is a great fundraising activity for youth sports, school groups and team organizations. Just like a regular charity golf tournament, a mini golf event is fun, encourages team-building, and can bring it a great deal of funds. The great thing about mini golf is that anyone can play… and it only takes a couple hours, rather than an entire day on the golf course. DoJiggy offers a number of golf tournament planning resources through our sister site, GolfRegistrations, that can be applied to mini golf fundraising events. In addition, we’ve created a brief overview of some basic guidelines to help you be more successful in your planning efforts
Mini Golf Fundraising Tips
- Locate a mini golf course within your community and schedule the tournament in advance to receive discounted rates. Remember that season factors will affect price and availability.
- Host the event following a practice, game or other activity where your team and parents will be gathering, such as team photo day.
- Sell your event tickets at reasonable prices so more people will be willing to participate. Offer attractive specials such as “family ticket” specials or discounts for advance purchases.
- Ask local businesses and community organizations to sponsor a hole for a reasonable price (such as $50 per hole) and provide signage acknowledging their contribution. Don’t forget to ask for donated items to use as prizes for lowest score, best bank shot, or for raffle prizes.
- Think of additional ways to raise funds at your mini-golf event including adding a fundraising raffle or food and drink sales.
- Provide opportunities for event attendees to make donations at the event. You can raise a considerable amount just by placing a jug labeled “donations” next to the area where players pay for their rounds, at a concession stand or registration tables.
Promote the Event
Once you have a date booked, you will need to publicize your event. Create a press release to send to major media outlets in your market. Be sure to include the reason why you are raising funds and what the ultimate benefit of your golf fundraiser will be. Invite media to participate for free, or come out to take photos. Include a link to your online fundraising web site where people can learn more about your cause or make online donations.
Create promotional golf tournament flyers to place in store windows, post an announcement on your team web site, and send out announcements in community newsletters, to your email contacts, etc. If any sponsors come on board, encourage them to spread the word through their contacts as well.