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I’m wondering what is everyone’s favourite thing they’ve gotten as a first tee gift, event prize, league prize, or other giveaway!

 

The course I am working at is doing engraved bottles of vodka for the Men’s League winning team and I though this was pretty cool. Bonus points if you’ve got pictures!

 

 

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Proshot gift certificate or amazon gift card.  Everything else I have won or have been given just for attending tends to end up in the garbage 

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Our league was individual play.  The finals are this week, the winner will get a $300 pro shop gift card,  the runner up will get $100.

Best tee gift, I ever got was a set of Callaway Irons...of course that was at the Farmers Insurance Pro Am 😁

 

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Polos and ProV1s. I go through both faster than I prefer to replace.

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1 hour ago, jlukes said:

Everything else I have won or have been given just for attending tends to end up in the garbage 

I hear ya. I don't play any expensive entry fee tournaments anymore. And even when I did it seemed the tournaments were spending too much on give-a-way crap instead of putting it toward the payout. If I need a pair of shoes I'll go buy some. Ya know?

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2 hours ago, PlaidJacket said:

I hear ya. I don't play any expensive entry fee tournaments anymore. And even when I did it seemed the tournaments were spending too much on give-a-way crap instead of putting it toward the payout. If I need a pair of shoes I'll go buy some. Ya know?

@PlaidJacket spot on. We had a Pro/Am event at our club this past Friday. Four man teams and $250./individual. Note: we have an annual membership (unlimited play) as did most of the participants. For the Fee you got a pair of shoes, lunch, drinks and "potential" prizes. I thought the fees were outrageous. I can buy a new pair of last years FJ's, have a great lunch, drinks and still be almost $100. ahead. . Sounds like an old guy complaining? Naw, I just like to get value for dollar spent.  

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27 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

Sounds like an old guy complaining?

Not at all Tony. However, the old days have passed as these days tournaments are as much about the "party" as the tournament. And it costs (entry fees) a lot to throw a party. Complete with party favors - food, booze, musical entertainment, etc. That's for the youngsters IMO and I think they like all that stuff. I've passed the torch. It's not my generations tournament (or time) anymore. It's theirs. So, now I play the Sr. Flight in the club championship. Pay my $50 entry fee and go home afterwards with perhaps a medal if I'm lucky. I like it. 🏌️‍♂️

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I only play in charity tournaments that I am willing to support and I don't care what the fee is.  I don't care about the awards/prizes because I am never close enough to the winning score to win anything.  The tournament prizes I dislike are putters, likely given to the person that made the longest putt, and drivers, likely given to the person with the longest drive.  Give me a break!!  They don't need it!

One of the best prizes I won was 15 years ago at a tournament at Indian Wells, CA that was sponsored by my professional institute...  set of four glasses engraved with the name and year of the tournament. Thanks for reminding me of it... I'll celebrate with a glass of bourbon.

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Most of the tournaments I play in are charity events, usually sponsored by the Oil Heat Service Managers, the PHCC or other industry group, although I have played in straight charity outings, such as for the Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. The industry events are to raise money for scholarship funds or other worthy causes, and they're a hell of a good time - never really worried much about what they gave out, as that's not the reason I played in  the first place.  

Last one I played in, the Oil Man's Invitational, was a blast - included a scramble, on-course contests, a big raffle and a steak dinner. Sponsors donated the prizes and funded the dinner, so a large portion of the intake went to the designated charities - which seems common with a lot of these tournaments. I won't paint with too wide of a brush, as it's always wise to only comment on what you know as opposed to what you think you know, but pretty much every tourney I've ever played in had sponsors pick up the tab for giveaways, prizes and meals, and the entry fee went to covering use of the facility with the balance going to the charity. 

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5 hours ago, Scooter316 said:

The course I am working at is doing engraved bottles of vodka for the Men’s League winning team and I though this was pretty cool. Bonus points if you’ve got pictures!

Now THAT is a very cool prize!  

 

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I’m wondering what is everyone’s favourite thing they’ve gotten as a first tee gift, event prize, league prize, or other giveaway!
 
The course I am working at is doing engraved bottles of vodka for the Men’s League winning team and I though this was pretty cool. Bonus points if you’ve got pictures!
 
 
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1 hour ago, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

Most of the tournaments I play in are charity events, usually sponsored by the Oil Heat Service Managers, the PHCC or other industry group, although I have played in straight charity outings, such as for the Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. The industry events are to raise money for scholarship funds or other worthy causes, and they're a hell of a good time - never really worried much about what they gave out, as that's not the reason I played in  the first place.  

Last one I played in, the Oil Man's Invitational, was a blast - included a scramble, on-course contests, a big raffle and a steak dinner. Sponsors donated the prizes and funded the dinner, so a large portion of the intake went to the designated charities - which seems common with a lot of these tournaments. I won't paint with too wide of a brush, as it's always wise to only comment on what you know as opposed to what you think you know, but pretty much every tourney I've ever played in had sponsors pick up the tab for giveaways, prizes and meals, and the entry fee went to covering use of the facility with the balance going to the charity. 

This is what I do for a living----what you all thought I made six figures from being a MOD 😂

In any case, you pretty much nailed it.   Sonsorships are where all the money is raised.  The entry fee pretty much covers the golf and some other basics.   And for those thst wonder, no the golf is not donated.  The chairity may be a non profit, but we're not one 😎

I've seen 50 person outings raise as little as $1500 for the cause.  And I certainly seen 250 person ones raise as much as $50,000 plus and everything in between. 

As Rick and John have said. It should never be about winning whatever prize or about what the SWAG is, but about helping a cause you believe in and having fun while doing so.  

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Golf Tournaments can be a great way to fellowship and raise money for whatever cause burns in your soul. Typically the Golf Course gets about 40% of the entry fee. The rest goes towards tournament operations. So for example; if it cost $125 per person to play in a tournament, depending of the golf course, about $75 a person goes towards the tournament operations. It cost approximately $5 per head to feed a Golfer (bought in bulk excluding free alcohol). Under this example I would estimate the tournament alone contributes around $60 a head towards the chosen cause. If you have 50 golfers that’s a profit of $3000 after all expenses. If you sell out all 18 holes to sponsors at $500 a hole now you have raised a grand total of $12,000.00. Capital reinvestment is paramount to ensure successful events year after year. So if you are confident your tournament will be an annual event then why wouldn’t you budget for nice swag for every participant.

 

Best I ever received was a Nike shoulder bag that can double as a golf shoe bag. In the bag was a golf hat, sleeve of balls, ball marker and bag of tees. Total cost of the bag and contents $25 or total cost of approximately $1250.00. A small price to pay to ensure a successful annual event and most importantly to thank those who participated.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, SteddyGolf said:

Golf Tournaments can be a great way to fellowship and raise money for whatever cause burns in your soul. Typically the Golf Course gets about 40% of the entry fee. The rest goes towards tournament operations. So for example; if it cost $125 per person to play in a tournament, depending of the golf course, about $75 a person goes towards the tournament operations. It cost approximately $5 per head to feed a Golfer (bought in bulk excluding free alcohol). Under this example I would estimate the tournament alone contributes around $60 a head towards the chosen cause. If you have 50 golfers that’s a profit of $3000 after all expenses. If you sell out all 18 holes to sponsors at $500 a hole now you have raised a grand total of $12,000.00. Capital reinvestment is paramount to ensure successful events year after year. So if you are confident your tournament will be an annual event then why wouldn’t you budget for nice swag for every participant.

 

Best I ever received was a Nike shoulder bag that can double as a golf shoe bag. In the bag was a golf hat, sleeve of balls, ball marker and bag of tees. Total cost of the bag and contents $25 or total cost of approximately $1250.00. A small price to pay to ensure a successful annual event and most importantly to thank those who participated.

 

 

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Just an FYI, almost all those figures are way short of actual cost, at least in this market.   Just for example, the gift bag you detailed at the end would easily be $40 if you went with cheap brands, and closer to $80 if you went with a quality name brand. 

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Just an FYI, almost all those figures are way short of actual cost, at least in this market.   Just for example, the gift bag you detailed at the end would easily be $40 if you went with cheap brands, and closer to $80 if you went with a quality name brand. 

 Not sure of your market but I’ve sourced that combination in Hawaii, San Antonio and Savannah. The numbers are real numbers based on my experience.

 

I sourced:

 

Adidas pull string shoulder bags for $12 each directly from overseas vendor

 

Bridgestone golf ball sleeve $6 per

 

Hats multiple vendor gifted

 

Ball markers from Korean connection $1 each

 

Tees and other little bits nominal cost.

 

 

The overall cost is not affected by region or location. You just have to be creative.

 

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$5 a plate? Wow.  

 

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You would be surprised how little food actually costs when you buy in bulk. $5 will get you two meats, chips and a couple cookies. Obviously if you are hiring a cater the cost is three or four times that number per plate. It’s been my experience putting leadership on the grill will not only fill your patrons bellies but will also demonstrate your organizations servant heart.

 

I’ve run events in which we have fed up to 4000 in an afternoon.

 

 

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1 hour ago, SteddyGolf said:

 

You would be surprised how little food actually costs when you buy in bulk. $5 will get you two meats, chips and a couple cookies. Obviously if you are hiring a cater the cost is three or four times that number per plate. It’s been my experience putting leadership on the grill will not only fill your patrons bellies but will also demonstrate your organizations servant heart.

 

I’ve run events in which we have fed up to 4000 in an afternoon.

 

 

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1 hour ago, SteddyGolf said:

 Not sure of your market but I’ve sourced that combination in Hawaii, San Antonio and Savannah. The numbers are real numbers based on my experience.

 

I sourced:

 

Adidas pull string shoulder bags for $12 each directly from overseas vendor

 

Bridgestone golf ball sleeve $6 per

 

Hats multiple vendor gifted

 

Ball markers from Korean connection $1 each

 

Tees and other little bits nominal cost.

 

 

The overall cost is not affected by region or location. You just have to be creative.

 

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He’s in the DC area and he is responsible for sales and everything related to event planning at a golf course. 

I would put his information and take on the cost as pretty solid and reliable 

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He’s in the DC area and he is responsible for sales and everything related to event planning at a golf course. 
I would put his information and take on the cost as pretty solid and reliable 


DC is an expensive market and a little atypical when compared to the rest of the US. However, I’ve put on these events as well and have always squeezed the most out of our budget. Granted I have connections in Korea and China that help tremendously.


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He’s in the DC area and he is responsible for sales and everything related to event planning at a golf course. 

I would put his information and take on the cost as pretty solid and reliable 

This was just a quick search without making phone calls. Prices good as of right this moment.

 

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For these three items the cost is $25. Tees bought in bulk placed in baggies are cheap cheap. A custom ball mark can be minted and produced out of Korea for about $1 each.

 

 

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