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1 Million Reasons to Hold A Shootout Contest

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Did you know that one of the best ways to raise money for your favorite charity or youth sports league is to host a golf tournament? For a small fee, most public golf courses will allow you to host an event and you can charge between $400 – $750 per 4-person team.

The key to your event being a success is attracting many golfers – the more golfers playing, the better. What can you offer that would get their attention? Food and drinks? Sure. Prizes for the winners? Definitely. What if you offered them a chance to win 1 million dollars? That might get their attention. Give your players the ability to support their community and a chance to win some serious money. What golfer would pass up on that chance? All they must do is make a Hole-in-One!

As a golf tournament director how great would your flyers and emails look with the following statement? Make a hole-in-one during our event and win 1 Million Dollars.

Sure, it sounds great, but you can’t afford to pay out that prize. It would bankrupt you and your organization. Here is the key – you don’t have to! Do you know how hard it is to make a hole-in-one? The odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1. That being said, it is still a gamble – you don’t want to promise your players a prize you can’t pay.

If only there was a way to offer this type of eye-catching prize without assuming the financial risk. We have the answer. Did you know that for a small fee your tournament can purchase Hole-In-One insurance? Basically, your tournament pays a small price to be able to offer the prize and if someone wins it, the insurance company is responsible for paying out the cash. Pretty cool.

The cost of the Hole-in-One insurance will vary based on several factors. How many players will participate in the shootout contest? Some tournament directors randomly select (via raffle) a couple of players that get a chance to make a shot from 165 yards after the tournament, while others may decide to put the “big” prize on a par 3 and let the entire field take a shot as they play their round. Obviously, the more players that get the chance, the higher the price of the insurance.

Still not sure it is worth it? Let’s assume you are charging $500 per 4-person team for your tournament. Do you think offering a million-dollar shootout prize will attract at least two additional teams? If it does, you have already covered the cost of most hole-in-one insurance. Do you run a tournament every year? If so, this type of prize will add excitement to your event that will bring teams back year after year.

You might have noticed we didn’t literally provide a million reasons, but you really only need one. Include a million-dollar shootout in your next tournament to enhance the golfer experience. You will gain more entries, raise more money, and your players will have a memory they will be talking about for years. “Remember that time I had a chance to make a 7-iron for $1,000,000?”.

Five Things Great Golfers Do Differently

Friday, February 19, 2021

Spring is coming! The April trip to Augusta National for the Masters is less than 2 months away. In other words, a new golf season is quickly approaching. Seems like a good time to ask – what separates elite players from weekend warriors? 

No – the answer isn’t they hit the ball better. Well, they do, but that isn’t the point. What is different about their approach to the game? What can we learn from them that will help us improve? We have identified five things that you can implement and make this golf season better than the last. 

1. Practice with Purpose – the first step to improve is to practice but standing on the driving range and rapid firing drivers isn’t the answer. Elite players have a plan when they spend time refining their game. Two things to keep in mind. First, spend at least half of your practice time working on your short game. Pitching, chipping, and putting. Professionals call this the “scoring zone” and your investment here will lower your scores. Second, use the same routine when you practice. Give each range ball thought. Pick an aiming point and focus on executing the shot. Pretend you are on the course. 

2. Consistent Pre-Shot Routine – do you have the same routine for every shot you hit? If not, you should give it a try. Pace of play is important, so we recommend something simple. For example, stand behind the ball and visualize the shot, step in, and take one practice swing, and pull the trigger. Do these same three steps for every shot. Your’e putting routine can be different, but that should be the only exception. 

3. Manage Risk vs. Reward – most amateur golfers lose strokes simply by making poor course management decisions. You don’t need to hit driver on every hole. You don’t have to try the hero shot. A good way to determine if you have a risk vs. reward issue – how many times in a round do you make more than bogey? Play smart and eliminate those high numbers. 

4. Can You Play Your Miss? A common misnomer is that elite players are better because they hit perfect golf shots. This isn’t true. What truly separates them is they can “get away” with their bad shots. It doesn’t matter how many great shots you in hit in a round if your bad ones are so terrible, they ruin your scorecard. If you hit 10 perfect drivers, but the other 4 go out of bounds – not a good day. Learn your tendencies and work to reduce the impact of your bad swings. Being able to play your mis-hit shots is key. 

5. Control Your Emotions – sure, you will occasionally see an elite player act like a toddler, but they spend hours working with sports psychologists trying to improve their mental game. It is a poker term, but it applies to amateur golfers. It is easy to go “on tilt” during a round – one bad shot leads to another and frustration grows. Learn to start over, relax, and look at the next shot as an opportunity for greatness! 

You may never hit your driver 350 yards or shoot under par, but you can experience consistent improvement in your game if you work on the above. Make 2021 a banner year for your golf game! 

How To Prepare For Your Spring Golf Tournament

Monday, January 25, 2021

What’s the key to pulling off a successful golf tournament this year? It’s preparation, of course! This spring, most golfers will be eagerly returning to the course as vaccines begin to get administered and COVID restrictions loosen. Golf was one of the first sports to make a return after the gathering restrictions in the summer of 2020, so it’s no surprise that golfers are becoming more comfortable with returning to the green. They are ready to play, so you’ll want to make sure your tournament is ready as well!

Set Your Tournament Goals

First, when planning your tournament, it is important to have specific goals. You can ask your team, “How much money are we trying raise?” or “What is the main purpose of our event?” Set goals that relate to your specific event. If you don’t have big goals, try to envision the little things that you can do to improve your event from last year.

Choose & Reserve Your Course

Make sure your desired golf course is available for your intended date(s). And before you choose your course, make sure you fully review the playability of the course, as well as the extra fees and features the course includes. Some courses may provide additional amenities for your event like rental clubs or catered box lunches. With the current times we are in due to COVID, you will want to make sure you ask how they are keeping their event safe and what sanitation protocols they follow.

Find Sponsors

If you want big sponsors for big money, consider why companies should sponsor your event and what they get. Sponsors will always want to know ‘what’s in it for them.’ Develop several levels of sponsorship packages that will meet your event goals and your sponsor goals.

Prepare Marketing Ensure your marketing is ready for the spring season. Get your golfers hyped and ready by sending email marketing campaigns and social media posts. A press release can be made to target specific industries that coincide with your event for both sponsors and golfers.

Hole In One Contest

One event you can host that markets itself is a hole in one contest! More games and contests make more money and create “bragging rights” amongst golfers. By purchasing Hole In One Insurance, it covers the cost of the prize in the event of someone hitting a hole in one. This concept can also be done with a putting or shootout contest which can generate additional income for your event. Many car dealerships and travel agents view Hole In One contests as a big sponsorship opportunity so reach out to a few local businesses and see what you can find!

If this is something that you would like to include at your next event, we here at US Hole In One are more than happy to help set up and send you a quote. Whether it is your first time or tenth, US Hole In One is here to make it easy with all of your golf tournament contest needs.

Pick Your Prizes

Keychains and SWAG merch shouldn’t be the only prizes you give away to your attendees. Give away major prizes and generate additional excitement for your event like cars, watches, trips and even $1,000,000! You may think that people won’t be judging, but you’ll be judged by the gifts and prizes you give your golfers. Give them quality and things that they will use and display. There is no better way to promote your event for next year than through word of mouth. If you put sponsors logos on your gifts and prizes, they will pay for all the gifts that you need and more for the exposure.

Need more information on making sure your spring tournament is a success? Contact US Hole In One at info@usholeinone.com or speak to a representative at 888‐882‐5440.

Plan A Chari-Tee Golf Tournament

Friday, June 12, 2020

Your next golf tournament can produce more than one grand prize winner! Consider benefiting a charity organization or cause to make a difference in many people’s lives! Charity golf tournaments are known to be a very lucrative fundraising strategy. They can also be intimidating and their costs can also be a little higher than your average fundraising event. It could be your first time planning a charity golf tournament or you want to find new strategies to improve your planning, budget and execution. Either way, we want to share tips to make your next tournament a success and raise money for your cause.

Pick The Right Golf Course For Your Event

Make sure you do thorough research and find a golf course that is just as excited about supporting your cause as much as you are. Don’t reach out to just one course, compare costs and services between a few different courses to ensure you are getting the best deal.

Pick The Perfect Date

This tip coincides with finding the right course. As your decision for picking a course may stem from whether courses are available. Our best advice is to be flexible. Courses may offer discounts for off-season or mid-week golf dates. You also want to find out when other golf tournaments are taking place in your area. Too many charity events could lead to low attendance and unattainable financial goals.

Determine Your Budget And Goals

How much you plan to raise effect’s how much money you need to budget. The costs of that go into meeting your goals will certainly influence your planning. Create a budget outline and that spells out goals, roles and responsibilities.

Provide Additional Contests & Activities 

Golf may be the bread and butter for your event, but it’s always important to look at different ways to raise money. Have you considered including fundraising ideas and contests. They add excitement to your golf fundraiser by giving golfers an opportunity to win money and prizes.

Here are some ideas:

  • Mulligan Packages. 
  • Fundraising Raffle.
  • Silent Auction
  • Hole In One Contest
  • Cash-Bar Golf Cart
  • Helicopter Ball Drops

Provide A Variety Of Sponsorship Opportunities

Not every sponsor wants to contribute in the same way. Be flexible with your sponsorship packages. Give your sponsors a variety of options to get involved in your charity golf tournament. Some sponsors may want to sponsor the entire event, others might want to be a food or prize sponsor. By broadening your options, you’ll have tons of opportunities to reel sponsors into your event. 

Make Sure Sponsors Are Marketed & Branded

Ensure all sponsorships are well represented at your event. This includes signage, cart magnets, logo inclusion on printed materials, thank you’s, and more. 

Hire A Photographer

Hire an on-site photographer to take pictures at the event. For those that wish they could have made it to the event, photos will be a great post-event recap on your social media, website and newsletter. It can also create more of a pull for registrations for the next event since people can see in the photos how successful the event was. 

Establish A Cancellation Policy

An event can get cancelled for many reasons outside of your control. One of the main reasons an event is cancelled is due to weather. Inclement weather can heavily impact your tournament with high winds, rain, snow, and/or lightning. Weather insurance can be a great safety net to protect your investment. Our sister company US Weather insurance can provide coverage for your next tournament. Visit their website for a free quote.

Whether you are planning a small or large event, we hope that this content has helped you get started organizing your charity golf tournament. Good luck!

Get Back To The Swing Of Things

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Swinging a golf club isn’t natural, and neither is getting adjusted to a world post pandemic. Adjusting to the new normal is hard for everyone. With some states slowly relieving stay at home orders, golfers are headed back to the green to brush up on their skills. It may seem like a cause fore celebration, but it’s not a transition that not everyone may be ready for. For those golfers anxious to practice at a place other than their living room, we want to share some tips to make the transition easier. 

Handle Your Emotions

Taking a break from golf for an extended period of time can make you feel a series of emotions. You may be excited to finally play again. Or you may feel insecure of your skills after not picking up a club for months. Change your mental game and your golf game will follow. Before returning, take some time to mentally prepare by reading a few books, meditating, and practicing mindfulness. 

Don’t Expect To Be The Best Golfer

There are no guarantees that your game will be in peak position when you return – just accept it. Don’t make it a goal to make a hole in one your first day returning. But make it a goal to make progress day by day. Golf is a game after all, so just have fun. Just being outside should be rewarding with our current situation.

Create A Workout Routine

Regardless of what critics may believe, golfers use a lot of muscle. Making sure that you workout before playing again is needed to ensure you avoid possible injuries. Create at-home-drills and do it consistently for a few days to loosen up your muscles. 

Practice Your Short Swing, Then Go Long

You will be rusty on your swing fundamentals. Start with smaller swings on the putting green. Make 5 consecutive putts at 20 feet. Once you are able to do 5, move on to 5 consecutive putts at 30 feet. Keep going, by lengthening your putts at each level. Once you’re done with your short game, work on your long strokes on the range. To start, use short wedges, then slowly level up to the full wedges. 

Be Prepared For Modified Play & Rules

Remember that you have to maintain your safety and the safety of others while at the golf course. This means that you have to follow course rules and CDC health and safety guidelines . These protocols differ from state to state so make sure to go to your states golf association website to see their guidelines.

We hope that you found these tips helpful and that you’ll utilize it once returning to the course. Remember to have fun and enjoy just being on the course again.

Golfing Precautions To Practice When Returning To The Green

Friday, May 15, 2020

Golfers are used to following rules. As the rules of golf can change pretty frequently in comparison to other sports. But with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, golfers will have to follow health and safety guidelines while golfing at their local course. If golfers don’t comply, they will be removed from the course without a refund in some cases. But even worse, they run the possibility of putting themselves, friends, family and fellow golfers at risk.

There is no one general guide to follow when it comes to golfing during these uncertain times as the guidelines set in place vary from state to state. For example, New York is officially banning golf carts on the courses due to coronavirus, but will now allow carts for individuals with disabilities. Some states are less strict and are able to play close or as close to how they used to play before. 

However, simple practices like the ones listed below can help maintain your safety and the safety of others while on (and possibly off) the course:

  1. Avoid using a cart. Some courses may ban it all-together. Even though courses sanitize the carts, it’s just safer to not use one. A walk around the course would be the better option.
  2. Wear golf gloves. (I think we all know why)
  3. Food and liquor services in clubhouses may be limited with no sit-down dining. If possible take to-go orders only or eat at home before or after you play.
  4. Golf is already a social-distancing friendly sport. As you would definitely want to stay away from other golfers who are about to swing. But in general, stay six feet away from other golfers and employees when possible. 
  5. Be prompt. Arrive at the course just minutes before your tee time and leave directly after your round. No need to linger and socialize.
  6. Wear a face covering.

All of these new practices are not a fun addition to your game. But when it’s time to pull out a club, the game of golf is the same. The sport will eventually be played like before, but for now, we must all adjust temporarily for our safety and health. 

To see your states golf guidelines, visit your states golf association website.

What Makes A Great Tournament Grand Prize?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Are there ingredients that up a great tournament grand prize? Unlike making a soufflé or a beef wellington, the ingredients that make up a grand prize are pretty simple. We share our ingredients for a successful grand prize below. And don’t worry, no measuring cups or a baking sheet are needed.

Add A Dash Of Opulence

An over-the-top element like a luxury car or an expensive trip will get more golfers impelled to participate. But you don’t have to spend a lot to give away a huge prize. Before you select your prize, it’s a good idea to establish your financial projections for your event. If your budget allows you to give away a sports car, why not? But the luxury of getting hole in one insurance allows you to give away top prizes while only paying a small amount for coverage.

Presentation Matters!

Don’t just tell your golfers what you are giving away, but show them! Adding signage to your green can add more excitement to not only your golfers but sponsors as well. A sponsor wants recognition, and a sign with their logo or name next to the grand prize can definitely give them the exposure that they paid for. With US Hole In One, we offer full-color contest signs for your grand prize signs! 

Reasons For Failure

After you put all of these ingredients together, there is still a chance that your recipe for a successful grand prize can fail.There are a few reasons why. One reason could be marketing. Not doing enough means that golfers are not alerted about your tournament and all its perks. Another reason is the kind of marketing you are doing. Effectively, marketing needs to target golfers and in the right way. And this means understanding your golfers inside and out. If your golfers are not the kind of golfers to want elaborate trips and shiny things, you can offer them golfing equipment instead. Both, not marketing enough and properly, can spell disaster for a tournament and so getting it right is an important ingredient of success.

When it comes to grand prizes, you don’t have to think too hard about what to offer your golfers. US Hole In One offers grand prizes that range from golf vacations to a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. You can find more of the grand prizes we offer here.

If none of our prizes excite you, we can cover any prize you can dream up! We now offer a $2,000 Customize Your Own Prize package as well. If you have a unique prize you would like to offer at your golf tournament, we’ve got you covered! We can insure anything from concert and sporting event tickets to vehicles and vacation packages. Minimum prize value of $2,000.

Golf Clubs You Need In Your Bag

Friday, March 6, 2020

When you learn about the basics of golf, you learn that it is essential to play with specific gear. With that being said, a golf club to golf is like a baseball bat to baseball. It’s one of those key tools needed to play the game of golf. But you can’t play with just any club. You not only have to consider the quality of club you purchase, but it’s also important to consider your own skills and needs So with over 40 different types of clubs to choose from, how do you choose the right clubs for your bag? 

When you’re just starting out, you don’t necessarily need a full set of clubs. A full set will often come with a variation of this grouping of clubs:

  • Driver
  • 3 Wood
  • 3 Hybrid
  • 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Irons
  • Pitching Wedge
  • Sand Wedge
  • Putter

New golfers can play a successful game of golf with just half of the 12 clubs that are in a full set. Beginners skills aren’t yet developed enough to take full advantage of full set and aren’t likely to see any different results when using a 6-iron versus a 5-iron. Ultimately you can’t go wrong with thinking long and short when it comes to clubs. For example, a driver is important as you need to get the ball off the tee. A putter is equally important when it comes to short strokes. 

However, the responsibility of this decision lies on you. You have to look at the areas that truly need improvement. At US Hole In One Insurance, we offer FREE golf clubs for all of your golfers. What’s sweeter than that? For more information you can call us at 888 882 5440.

Local Golf Tournament Sponsors

Thursday, February 27, 2020

What businesses or organizations have been your go-to when it comes to tournament sponsors? There are many avenues to head down when it comes to looking for a sponsor. If you are just starting out, reaching out to your own network of people and local businesses is a great place to look for sponsors. You can find a great partnership right in your backyard and we can prove it.

Local Dealerships

Dealerships are one of the more popular options for a golf tournament. Especially if you are holding a hole in one contest. Local dealerships love to get publicity and what better way then having golfers see the car that they are using as a hole in one prize?

Local Startups

Startup companies are always looking to get their name out to the public so sponsoring an event is a great opportunity for them to start becoming more locally recognized.

Local Restaurants

Local restaurants and breweries are great if you are looking for a meal sponsor. They can donate lunch or even set up sample stations along the course. 

Local Law Firms

Law firms can also benefit from sponsoring golf tournaments by reinforcing their brand, or even bringing in clients more directly.A firm’s associates and paralegals can mingle with the public. Getting to know people who will likely need representation one day is one way to draw in direct leads through event sponsorship. 

Overall, you don’t have to reach out too far when it comes to finding a sponsor. Target places that you personally enjoy because local businesses are more inclined to support their loyal customers. For more information about adding value to your event, give our website a glance. We offer prized insured contests for your golf tournament.

Types Of Putting Contests For A Golf Outing

Friday, February 14, 2020

You may be familiar with just one style when it comes to putting contests. However, US Hole In One offers three types of putting contests that you can hold at your next tournament – single putt, progressive putt and add-on putt. All contests give your golfers the opportunity to take a chance to putt for a prize. But there are differences between the three as well. To make sure you pick the right putting contest for your event, allow us to explain how they work and how you can benefit from them.

Single Putt Contest

With a single putt contest, you can allow your golfers to attempt a single 40 or 50 foot putt for a prize. If they successfully putt the ball into the hole, they win the prize, and US Hole In One Covers the cost! Depending on your budget this putting contest can be done with multiple participants. Or you can narrow your participant down to one lucky putter by holding qualifying rounds, or pre-selecting through a raffle to name a few options. Prizes can vary from a big cash prize to vacations and almost anything you can dream up.  

Progressive Putt Contest

This contest allows you to get more people in on the fun! Have your golfers start with the challenge of making a 10-foot putt. For those that are successful, they move onto a 30-foot putt.  The challenge then progresses to a final 50-foot putt for the grand prize. If any of your golfers are able to make all three winning shots, they win!

Add-On Putting Contest

The last type of putting contests is an “add on” that is purchased along with a hole in one insurance contest. The add on putting contest is 60 feet and the prize values are $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000. Since the add on putting contest has a discounted rates it is only for one person from the tournament.

Additional Benefits For Holding A Putting Contest

Whether you choose a single add-on or progressive contest, they all come with a complimentary putting sign which you can customize with your sponsor’s name or logo, your putting hole number and the prize to be won. You can find additional information about our signage by viewing our putting application or hole in one application. This can give you an idea of deadlines, requirements and more

Also, we also do not charge you for the shipping of the sign as long as you get us the application 10 days prior to your event date. Some other companies add fees onto their services for sending you the material you need for your event.

Keep in mind that we offer a wide range of golf contests including the standard hole in one insurance. If you are considering a hole in one contest or a putting contest, choose the company that has the means to ensure your security and to ensure your contestants have a fair shot at winning a fabulous prize. We also have a low price for our services which we match with a 110 percent low price guarantee. If you find a lower price we will beat it by 10 percent of the difference as long as it comes from a legitimate competitor. For more information on any of our putting contests give us a call at 888-882-5140.