Get Started: Golf Event Ideas


There are multiple styles of golf games that you can choose from when planning your event. By selecting a unique tournament style, you can uniquely promote and build buzz around your event that will get people excited to participate.

Team Events

  • Golf Scramble: Participants play in two or four-person teams. Everyone tees off on every hole, and then they all play their second shot from the spot where the best drive landed. The third shot is played from the best second shot, and so on until the first ball is in the hole.
  • Best Ball: Participants play in two or four-person teams. Only one player's score counts, the lowest score on each hole is recorded as the team score. To keep teams from using the same player's score from every hole, there's usually a rule that says each player's score must be used a certain number of times (even if it's not the lowest).
  • Speed Golf: A speed golf tournament where are no caddies and no carts. Instead of taking a leisurely stroll around the course, players sprint between holes and to their shots. The final score is the sum of a player's score and time, so it's key to find a balance between speed and accuracy.
  • Alternate Shot: Participants play in teams of two and take turns hitting the ball. Player A hits the first drive, Player B hits it from wherever it lands, and so on until the ball is in the cup. The only other rule is that the players have to alternate taking tee shots.

Individual Fundraising

  • Pledge per Shot: Have friends and family pledge to make a donation every time they make par, a birdie, an eagle, or a hole-in-one.
  • Marathon Golf: Ask individuals to pledge money for each round of golf they play over a period of time. A hundred holes played over a weekend is a common length for a marathon golf tournament.

Take Your Golf Event to the Next Level:
Additional Fundraising Ideas

Your event doesn't just have to rely on individuals making a one-time donation! We've compiled a number of ideas that you can add to your event that will be a hit with your participants:

  • Beat the Pro: If you have a willing pro, station them at the tee of a short par-3 hole and offer players the chance to bet that they can hit a drive closer to the hole than the pro can. You can suggest a standard bet, or let each player decide for themselves.
  • Closest to the Pin: A contest that's best situated on a par-3 hole. You'll need two volunteers on this hole: one to take money and another for the all-important task of measuring. For a small fee, golfers can enter and see whose drive comes closest to the pin. The winner gets a prize of some sort; a gift certificate for another round of golf or to spend at the pro shop is a good option.
  • Longest Drive: A contest that's best situated for a par-5 hole. It's similar to the closest-to-the-pin contest, but for this one, the drives will be landing on the fairway. At the tee, ask players if they'd like to ante up for the chance at winning a prize. A variation on the longest drive contest is the challenge for the straightest drive.
  • Hole-in-One Challenge: A hole-in-one contest can be its own event or an add-on to a tournament. Designate a par-3 as the contest hole and offer individuals with a fantastic prize if they can sink the shot.
  • Putting Contest: A putting contest can be held before, during or after your golf tournament. The putting contest will serve as an additional fundraiser by charging the golfers for each attempt to qualify for the grand prize.
  • Post-golf Lunch/Dinner: A post-tournament dinner or awards ceremony is a great way to cap off your event. You can include a set donation within the cost of attending to ensure the meal generates a profit. Recognize the day's champions and speak about the impacts of skin cancer. It's also a perfect opportunity to have a raffle or silent auction.

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For more information on hosting a fundraising event, please contact Brian Hanley at or 212-725-5176.