Tee gifts, prizing, and other giveaways are always some of the most important aspects of any charity or corporate golf outing. Even for people who have run tournaments before, it can be challenging to determine the right amount to spend and what the participants enjoy most. Your local PGA Professional is a great place to start, as they host events often and know what makes sense for each particular outing. Here are the most important things to consider when looking at prizing and tee gifts.
What type of event are you running? - When I look at an event I ask myself whether it’s a competitive event or more of a recreational event, such as a charity scramble. For competitive events I tend to steer people to higher end trophies, higher priced golf-specific tee gifts, and stay away from “cheap” gift bag throw-ins. Recreational events are better to provide the same gifts to everyone, like balls and tees, and focus less on the trophies.
Other questions to ask yourself: What’s important to your players? Is quality or quantity more important? Are you using a gift bag? Do you expect the players to use the tee gift during the event? All of these questions will help shape what you should buy, how to package them, and whether you provide the gifts before or after the round.
What is your budget? - The first thing you will need to do is determine your total budget. From there it’s best to determine the per player budget so you can start to figure out the key items you want to include for everyone. Many events offer logo’d golf balls, towels, and other lower priced items which can go a long way. If you are sourcing from a few different vendors, you will want to pay careful attention to the extra fees like logo’ing, shipping, and minimum order requirements.
Can you get the items from the course itself? - PGA Professionals at golf courses do a great job stocking their pro shops with new equipment, top brands, and many smaller items that are perfect for a golf event. This is the most convenient way to get gifts and prizes because they are already at the golf course. Be sure to talk to the course staff or visit the pro shop prior to your event to see if they can help you out.
How can we help you run a great golf event? - If the PGA Professional at the course is unable to supply what you need, Nextgengolf can help! We work with our partners to provide pricing to support our high school, college, and 21+ tournaments. If you have questions about how to get tee gifts or prizing, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to help you out.