Archive for May, 2015

The Various Formats of Golf!

Friday, May 29, 2015


There is a variety of ways to play a round of golf, when it comes to golf tournaments you have many different formats to choose from.  Below are a few simple formats to use when hosting a golf tournament



  • The shotgun start format is when all groups of golfers tee off at the same time from different holes.  The purpose of all golfers playing simultaneously is that they all will end their round of golf at the same time.



  • A scramble is normally played with 4-person teams but it can be done with 2 person teams.  When a scramble is being used, each player tees off on each hole.  After each golfer tees off all of the player’s next shots will be played from the best spot of all the previous shots.  They will continue to play from the location of the best shot until one of the golfers holes the ball.  They will record only one score for each hole.

Best Ball

  • A best ball format can be used for a 2 person, 3 person or 4 person teams.  When you are playing best ball, every golfer plays the hole with their own ball.  After the hole is finished by every golfer, only the lowest score by any golfer in the group is recorded. In the end it allows the group to finish their round with the lowest “best”, score possible because they throw out the poor scores and only record the best score out of the group for each hole.

Four Ball

  • When you have a 2 person best ball match play competition it becomes four ball.  Therefore each twosome will have a score based on the lowest score achieved on each hole between the two golfers.

Alternative Shot

  • Alternative shot works best for 2-person teams. The two golfers will alternate taking shots until the ball ends up in the hole and there will be one score per twosome. They will also alternate hitting tee shots so if you have hole in one prizes for your golf tournament make sure you implement the appropriate rules for the par 3 prize holes.

Are you ready to get your hole in one insurance in place for an upcoming golf tournament? Give an US Hole In One tournament consultant a call at 888-882-5440 or email us at! We look forward to hearing from you!

Canceling or Rescheduling Your Golf Tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

At US Hole in One, we understand that lots hard work goes into planning your golf tournament.  However, despite the event coordinator’s best efforts, there are some things that cannot be controlled, like the weather, number of golfers registered or the lack of sponsors.  These factors can cancel your tournament days before or event or even the day of!  If this does happen, US Hole in One offers a simple cancellation policy.  The policy allows the director to call off the event if needed without losing the entire premium.

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Here at US Hole in One, we encourage our clients to get all necessary paperwork, applications and logos at least 10 calendar days before the tournament.  This also gives clients enough time so that they will not be charged for shipping and that they can make the arrangements for that day.  If needed, a client can cancel their policy any time leading up to the tournament.  US Hole in One must be notified in writing no more than a business day after the event and e-mail the information to or by fax at 888-603-8424.  The certificate fee, or cost of insurance, will be refunded less a $40 cancellation fee and the customer will be refunded the money the same way they paid for the policy.


If the tournament is being rescheduled, the hole in one policy from the originally scheduled date will be transferred to the new tournament date at no extra charge.

If you are ready to get a quote for your upcoming golf tournament or have questions about your current policy, please call one of our consultants at 888-882-5440 or e-mail us at We look forward to hearing from you!

Frequently Asked Questions about Hole in One Insurance

Friday, May 15, 2015

Here at US Hole in One, whether it is your first time purchasing insurance or your third, we try to make obtaining hole in one insurance as easy as possible!  For our new clients, it can be a bit confusing when planning their golf tournament.  Here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get here at US Hole in One.

faqsWhat is the minimum yardage for my grand prize hole?

The yardage for the grand prize hole must be at least 150 yards for the men and 135 yards for the ladies.  The ladies can always play up to 15 yards closer than the men’s tee’s on all par-3 holes.  If the prize value reaches $50,000, the minimum yardage then increases to 160 yards for men, 145 for women.  For grand prizes $100,000 and greater, the yardage MUST be at least 165 yards for men and 150 yards for ladies.

What if I do not know my exact number of golfers?

Any changes that occur after you send us your completed application need to be made in writing via e-mail or fax.  US Hole in One requires written notification prior to tee off on the morning of your event.  All changes must be e-mailed to or faxed to 888-603-8424.

What is included in my prize package?

  • The hole in one prize package includes bonus prizes for all of the other par-3’s on the course in addition to the grand prize hole in one.  The minimum yardage on those holes is 130 yards for the men and wherever you decide to place those tees the ladies can also play up to 15 yards closer.
  • You will receive a sign for the hole in one grand prize, which we will print a sponsor name on for you, the tournament name or you can email over to us a high resolution logo. Also, you will receive signs for the bonus hole in one prizes.
  • Complimentary gifts for every golfer in your tournament. The free golf clubs are from Warrior Golf.  Each golfer will have a choice of a wedge or a hybrid.  The clubs are valued at $200 and the golfers just have to pay the shipping fee if they choose to redeem the certificate.  The shipping on the wedge is $11.85 and for the hybrid it is $23.50. Each golfer will also receive a $10 off coupon from
  • FREE shipping as long as US Hole In One receives your application outside of 10 days of your tournament date.


If you have any questions please give our tournament consultants a call at 888-882-5440 or e-mail us at

Witness Requirements for your Golf Insurance Policy

Friday, May 8, 2015

It is extremely important to make sure you meet witness requirements for your hole in one insurance, putting and shootout contest in order to guarantee a payout in the case of a winner. The requirements vary per contest, some more intense than the other due to a high element of risk involved with the hole in one insurance.  For the full witness requirements, you can see them on our terms and conditions when you receive a price quote and application from US Hole in One.


Hole In One Insurance Policy.  The requirements are broken down based on the prize value you are insuring.  Any prize under $60,000 only requires 1 person who is 18 years and older and not playing in the tournament to sit at the prize hole the entire time at the tournament.  For prize values between $60,000 to $150,000, two people are required as witnesses with the same restrictions as above.  Prize values from $150,000 to $1,000,000 need 2 non participants , one being a PGA pro or a police officer and 2 playing partners and it must be videotaped.  The bonus prizes do not need a designated witness sitting at the hole for the entire tournament, as long as the tournament will be played in threesomes or foursomes.  No video is required for hole in one policies UNLESS the value is $100,000 or above or if the tournament has less than 25 players and a prize value of $25,000 or greater.

Putting Insurance Policy. US Hole in One can insure putting contests up to $25,000.  All putting contests must be videotaped; this involves the measuring of the putts as well as the person or people taking the putt. For values $10,000 and under, just one additional person over the age of 18 is required to witness and 2 witnesses are required for any prize value over $10,000.

Shootout Insurance Policy.  Just like the putting contest, all shootout contests must be videotaped.  Most shootout contests involve a prize value of $100,000 or greater, due to the high value.  In addition to videotaping the contest, two witnesses must be present and one has to be a PGA pro or active police officer.


If you have any further questions about hole in one insurance please e-mail or give us a call at 888-882-5440.  We’d be happy to help you out!

Bonus Prizes Packages for your Golf Tournament!

Friday, May 1, 2015



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Do you have multiple par 3’s on the course other than your grand prize hole?  When you purchase hole in one insurance from US Hole in One, we give you a package of bonus prizes to use on the other par 3’s, we ask that they be at least 130 yards.  These bonus prizes are a nice addition to your tournament and provide the golfers with the opportunity to win a prize on a shorter par 3 on the course during your event.

In a nutshell, you are insuring 4 holes and receiving 4 signs, 1 grand prize and 3 bonus prizes, for the price of 1! The standard bonus prizes are included with your certificate fee, however, if you want to bonus prizes that are higher in cash value, you can upgrade to the premium package for just $45!

Here is what your package includes along with a sign for each prize..

Standard Prize Package

  • Sharp LCD Flat-Screen Television
  • Set of Callaway Irons (3-PW)
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare for Two (2)

Premium Prize Package

  • Apple Entertainment Package
  • Callaway Woods(1,3, &5) and Irons (3-PW)
  • $750 Visa Gift Card

As stated above, the bonus prize holes must be a minimum of 130 yards and ladies can always play 15 yards closer than the men’s tee’s on all par 3 holes.  Our clients will most likely utilize all three hole in one insurance prizes since a typical 18 hole golf course will have at least 4 par 3’s.  This is so that if a golfer hits a hole in one on a par 3 bonus prize hole they will receive a prize as well.  These bonus prizes are a great way to keep your tournament eventful and fun!

Now that you have all of the information, all you need to do is contact a US Hole in One tournament consultant at 888-882-5440 or e-mail us at We can get you coverage for your tournament and answer any other questions you may have about hole in one insurance, bonus prizes, add on contests, event signage, and putting or shootout contests.  We look forward to hearing from you.