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Hosting Your Charity Golf Tournament During A Pandemic

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

If you’re planning a golf tournament during these COVID days, you most likely have lots of questions.

How can we socially distance while playing golf? How can I host a charity golf tournament but keep with CDC health safety guidelines? What do I do to make the charity golf tournament “worth it” for my sponsors?

The Magnolia Golf Group has been planning golf tournaments for twenty years. To say that 2020 has been a year unlike any other is the understatement of the century! We are constantly learning and searching for answers on how to keep our clients healthy while fulfilling our mission to inspire our clients to exceed their fundraising goals while creating extraordinary event experiences so they can change people’s lives. We understand that just because the world looks different these days, people are still in need and non-profits still rely on the generosity and fundraising of others.

We have compiled a list of things to keep in mind as you are planning your socially distant golf tournament. After reaching out to numerous Atlanta- and Nashville-area golf courses, we have found that many have implemented new rules like eliminating cash transactions. At registration, the golf course recommends raffle tickets and mulligan packs are purchased by card. This will limit contact between your registration volunteers and the golfers at check-in.

Also, consider the location of your registration. It is encouraged by the venue to move registration outdoors so that your golfers can stay spread out as they wait to register. The same recommendation goes for your after-play awards reception. If you are looking to host the awards ceremony following the tournament, you could make this an outdoor event if your venue has the space for this.

In June, Magnolia Golf worked with the Tennessee Kidney Foundation to host their annual golf tournament. Tennessee Kidney’s tournament transitioned from the usual shotgun start to tee times to help people stay separated and to eliminate congestion at registration.

An important question our clients have been asking us as plans come together for their tournaments has been, “How do I feed my golfers?” We have seen success with tournaments utilizing the boxed meal option that their venue provides. If you are not hosting an after-play awards reception, your golfers can grab a meal to-go on their way off the golf course. Boxed meals remove the potential for cross-contamination and eliminating buffet-style meals. If you are still hosting a socially distant awards reception and would like to seat your golfers and feed them, we recommend a plated meal with servers delivering the meals to the golfer’s seat.

If your tournament is still looking to fill sponsorship opportunities, consider adding a “hand sanitizer sponsor” or “mask sponsor” to your brochure. This is the perfect opportunity for your sponsor’s brand to be extended and taken off the golf course. The sponsored hand sanitizers can be waiting for the golfers on their golf carts. At the time this post was published, golf courses are allowing two golfers per cart again. As you are planning, be sure to have additional carts available if your golfer does not feel comfortable sharing a cart with someone in their foursome.

As you are planning your charity golf tournament, if you have any questions email to speak with someone from our Tournament Management team so we can begin helping you plan a successful and safe charity golf tournament this year.

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