I’m down in sunny Palm Beach Florida for the week. Being here makes me want to plan a fabulous soiree at the Breakers. Luckily, I will have that opportunity this July!

The Sunny South also makes me want to dust off my clubs and hit the tees. Yep, I’m a lady golfer – and one that used to have a talent for the game only to find that if you don’t nurture talent, it disappears. So I’m a terrible golfer with a great shot every here and there. It’s a good thing I don’t have to participate in the golf events I plan!

Golf events are a favorite of corporations, associations and bride & grooms alike. It provides the host(s) with a captive audience in a fun, relaxed environment.

However, planning a golf event is no easy task. And it is an important skill to master since golfing is almost always on the itinerary for high-impact, off-site events. Golf events have many moving parts: clubs, carts, teams, trophies, gifts, transportation, refreshments and strict time parameters.

Here are some hints:

  1. Utilize the on-site planner. Many times golf courses will have a staff member to help with the planning and execution of your event.
  2. Identify the maximum number of players that can be accommodated. Once that number is reached, close registration to avoid disaster on-site. Don’t forget your staff that will be playing (hopefully within each pairing) as that will affect total guest count.
  3. Develop a time line and event agenda. Include transportation, warm-ups and preparations, and refreshment time.
  4. Review the facilities and offerings of the venue and understand how they will impact your event: locker rooms, meeting facilities, rentals, carts, maintenance schedule, catering and sales.
  5. Develop a realistic budget
  6. Select tournament format: Scramble or Best Ball are the most popular
  7. Add contests and prizes
  8. Invite guests (make sure to ask about rentals; left or right-handed clubs needed; handicap, etc)
  9. Make pairings/teams

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