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I joined a club mid year last year and didn't play in any tournaments.  This year I have had the chance to play in 2.  My first event was an ABCD tournament where the club randomly matched up 4 guys based on handicaps with A being the lowest and D being the highest.  To play it cost each player $68.  We won the event and the payout was $220 per team so we each got a $55 pro shop credit.  I lost $13 by winning.

This past weekend I played the member/member and it cost $120 a person to enter.  We won our flight and split $160 so $80 each in pro shop credit.  The overall winner won the $160 plus another $200 so after splitting their winnings they each made $60.  Luckily my partner and I bet $50 on ourselves to win our flight and got $150 cash for that.  Regardless my club made over $10,000 after payouts to each team.

The question is is this normal for a club to make so much profit from a club tournament and the actual winners to make so little?  For our efforts we got a box lunch day 1, a hod dog or burger lunch day 2 with bottled water provided.  If you wanted booze it was on you.

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While the club certainly makes money, our club always pays out well.  If you win, you actually "make" money (aka pro shop credit).  Honey pots and calcuttas are where the big money is, though as those are 100% payout for the members.  Our member-member, member-guests, and club championships are very generous.  Lesser tournaments not as much, but worthwhile, unless it's a fund raiser event and even then the payout is good.

 

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Any of the tournaments I've played, the winners almost always get their money back and then some. Not sure what payouts look like for club tournaments where shop credit is given as I haven't played in many. Trying to change that this year though so maybe I'll have something to report back later.

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I’ve never heard of an event of which you described that wasn’t revenue neutral.


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Everything you’ve described is unusual - yes the club will generate income from an event but normally the top 3 teams/players come out ahead.

Depending upon the event there’s normally a nice meal and at least a drink or 2 included. Heck at my club there’s a weekly putting game where you show up, throw in $5 and get free beer. The winner gets the pot.


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Maybe I should have added that we are a for profit club but geez can't a brother break even with a win?

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That sounds like you’re getting the shaft to me. In the tournament I’m playing in this weekend there are 5 flights, out of each flight winners get Callaway irons, second gets Callaway driver, third gets Callaway stand bag, fourth gets Callaway hybrid, and fifth gets a box of pro v. It’s $150 per person, that’s lunch both days and a practice round. Then there is a Calcutta auction the night before for 100% payback.


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18 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

Maybe I should have added that we are a for profit club but geez can't a brother break even with a win?

All clubs are for profit clubs .... your club is for all the profit 🙂

 

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2 minutes ago, robertson153 said:

That sounds like you’re getting the shaft to me. In the tournament I’m playing in this weekend there are 5 flights, out of each flight winners get Callaway irons, second gets Callaway driver, third gets Callaway stand bag, fourth gets Callaway hybrid, and fifth gets a box of pro v. It’s $150 per person, that’s lunch both days and a practice round. Then there is a Calcutta auction the night before for 100% payback.


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I'd rather lose the money than win Callaway gear.

It’s always been titleist gear but this year they must of had a sale on Callaway stuff.


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My club does the same sort of thing and then the GM will swear up and down it's all a break even. I'm like, uh my phone has a calculator.

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47 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

Maybe I should have added that we are a for profit club but geez can't a brother break even with a win?

As my dad once told a car salesman during the negotiation, "I understand you guys have to make a profit, but you dont' have to make it all off ONE person"   I've remembered that for years!

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Is that including the round of golf and cart?  How much is it for a normal weekend round with a cart?  Then add in the lunch and there probably isn't a ton of money out of that entry fee going in to the prize fund.  Then how many places do they pay out?  

I agree it's not a stellar pay out, but that fee also isn't all going to the prize fund.

 

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Is that including the round of golf and cart?  How much is it for a normal weekend round with a cart?  Then add in the lunch and there probably isn't a ton of money out of that entry fee going in to the prize fund.  Then how many places do they pay out?  

I agree it's not a stellar pay out, but that fee also isn't all going to the prize fund.

 

We pay zero fee's for a round of golf and carts are $22 whether it is one or 2 riding.  

They paid out top 3 in each flight for the member/member and top 7 for the ABCD.

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G. Cooper – D. Pizzo 28 pts $160 Team

A. Vecchio – A. Cotoia  27 pts $90 Team

M. Murphy – M. Iacono 25 pts $60 Team

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Yeah they are sticking it to you a little bit. Most of the monthly club events I play in, while the payout is not great the entry is not extreme and you get a decent meal at the end. The last one I played in we got 2nd as a team won $20 in shop credit ($25 entry) and we had good food for lunch. 

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was it $68 including the cost of the cart? We pay a cart fee as members, example, our tournament costs 50 dollars, 20 to the cart, and 30 for the tourney. 100% of the 30 dollars is paid out in pro shop credit. 

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2 hours ago, Wedgie said:

We pay zero fee's for a round of golf and carts are $22 whether it is one or 2 riding.  

They paid out top 3 in each flight for the member/member and top 7 for the ABCD.

Singh Division

G. Cooper – D. Pizzo 28 pts $160 Team

A. Vecchio – A. Cotoia  27 pts $90 Team

M. Murphy – M. Iacono 25 pts $60 Team

The entry fee was 68 - the 22 cart fee which is 46 per man for payout

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