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How To Add Excitement To Your Annual Golf Tournament

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Set the date, contact golf course, assemble sponsor packets, create media packets, and the list goes on. These are typical tasks involved in your annual golf tournament. But with the new year soon ringing in, it’s time to put a spin on your annual golf tournament. Shake things up and take a different approach this year to planning your tournament. Annual doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s time to offer something a bit more tempting to your golfers, to draw them into the event and to keep them coming back year after year. And our list of contest additions is a great way to do just that.

$1 Million Shootout

Is there really a $1 million grand prize? Yes, there is! There are stipulations on how to qualify, but your participants can win a cool million by hitting an ace! We would describe the contest more, but we think that the prize speaks for itself. 

Putting Contest

Many of our customers want to take advantage of the putting contest, perhaps to sell some additional raffle tickets or just to extend the event longer. A putting contest will get people involved. Choose between a 40ft or 50ft putt, either way, you are sure to inject some excitement into your next golf tournament.

Dice Roll

Select four lucky golfers from your event and offer him or her the chance to roll the dice and spell “C-A-$-H.” You can even add a preliminary contest to narrow down your golfers to four. For example, the golfers with the longest drive have the opportunity to roll for cash!

Golf Ball Drop

Through our sister company Interactive Promotions Group, you can add a Golf Ball Drop to your tournament. Contestants will each be assigned a numbered ball and those balls will be loaded into a helicopter or onto a crane and released above a designated target. Prior to the start of the contest, IPG will select a predetermined winning ball number and if the ball that lands closest to the target matches the preselected winning number then that person becomes a winner. This contest is guaranteed to grab the attention of your golfers at your next tournament.

We hope that you can now see that there is more to golf than swinging a ball off of a tee year after year. Give your golfers the chance to swing for top prizes at little cost to you. Speak to one of our representatives at 888-882-5440. 

Happy Black Friday: Here Are The Best Deals For Golfers

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Black Friday has long been the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, with retailers offering special deals on popular products as consumers shift their focus to the upcoming holidays. But this year it’s a short shopping season. This may also cause short patience and short budgets. So if you are looking for the best deals for yourself, or for the golfer in your life, we are here to help you find the very best golf gifts even in a short time frame.

Target

Target has a few deals when it comes to tech gadgets for golfers. Whether you want to improve how you practice or train, their items are sure to be helpful. 

Fitbit Versa Lite Smartwatch

$99.95 Reg. price $159.95

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

$99.99 Reg. price $129.99

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

$169.99 Reg. price $199.99

Walmart

Fitbit seems to be a popular gift item this year as both Target and Walmart have deals on their fitness watches. Walmart is discounting the Fitbit Inspire HR, Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate

For $69.00 instead of the regular cost of $99.95.

Dicks Sporting Goods

If you want a variety of discounts, Dicks Sporting Goods is your go-to store. You’ll find up to $200 off golf clubs. Up to 25% off golf balls and much much more!

Amazon

Amazon has been the dominant retailer for years now and we know why. For golfers, they can save up to 60% on golf shoes as they are running some incredible deals on Adidas, FootJoy, Skechers, Puma, Callaway and Ecco golf. If you want to bring golf practice into your home, we recommend the Phigolf Mobile and Home Smart Golf Game Simulator with Swing Stick. This is an entertaining golf game where you control the gameplay with your real golf swing! 

We hope that these deals help you with your holiday shopping!

What Is Disc Golf?

Friday, November 15, 2019

You may have been to a park or local course and saw a person throwing what looks like a frisbee at a chained pole. It sounds a little weird but this person was just playing a sport known as disc golf. Disc golf gets confused with frisbee as it is also known as frisbee golf but is played much like traditional golf. However, instead of clubs and balls, players use flying discs. The objective of the game is to complete each hole with the fewest number of throws.

Game Play

The first shot is from a tee box usually concrete or sometimes dirt or gravel boxes are typically marked with signs showing the distance and location of the basket or par. The basket chains are connected to a pole and the chains are about 3 feet high to help stop the disc. After your first drive from the tee box, your next shots are played from the front of where you disk came to rest. Once a whole has completed scores are taken and it’s off to the next hole. Most courses have 9 to 18 holes.

Disks

Disks range from about 150g to 180g to choose from depending on the type of shot you need to make. A disk drive that is used for long shots has a sharper edge with a wide brim making it extremely fast. Professional disc golfers can do a driver over 400ft the mid-range disc has a more rounded edge and is used for shots from where on 60ft to 250ft. Discs for putting have a very blunt edge and is usually made of soft or plastic so they can stick in the chains better.

Techniques

You would think that a frontal stance would be the appropriate way to throw a disc, but disc golfers stand facing the side in opposition to where they are throwing just like regular golf. This allows them to utilize their whole body when throwing. The back-end is the most used kind of throw in disc golf but there are many other ways to throw including thumber and tomahawk.

Supplies

There’s no limit on the number of disks you can carry. Golfers carry anywhere from one or two disks usually a driver and a putter to over 20 desks. A variety of bags are used to carry discs including single straps, over the shoulder straps, and even carts.

Disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports mainly because it’s inexpensive and inclusive. It can be played by anyone from school age to old age. It’s also easy to learn without a ton of rules. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide as well as throughout the U.S. Visit the PDGA course directory to get the location of a course near you!

Hole In One, Shootout & Putting Distance Requirements

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great to give your golfers the chance to make a 2-yard putt for 1,000,000 dollars? Or how about a 10-yard hole in one? Decreasing the distance can increase any golfers’ chances of making a winning shot which is why we have rules in place in terms of allowable distance. Whether it’s a shootout, hole in one or putting contest, to be eligible for our golf contests, it needs to meet the minimum distance requirements. Each of our contests types has different requirements. They also vary for men and women. So to be clear, let’s see what is considered acceptable yardage for our contests. 

Hole in One Insurance Contests

In a hole in one contest, the minimum yardage required is 150 yards for men and 135 yards for women. If the hole you have selected is not quite at these numbers, most golf courses do have about ten years of extra space on their par 3’s which means that you can set the hole up to include that extra ten yards. Just move the hole back. If you are taking advantage of the free bonus prizes for your additional par 3 holes then there are different minimum hole requirements for that. In this case, there is a minimum yardage requirement of 130 yards for men and 115 for women. This type of bonus prize includes items like the Callaway irons, a smart TV or the roundtrip plane tickets for two.

Shootout Contests

For a shootout hole in one insurance contest, the yardage distance is a bit larger. This is because when you are conducting a shootout contest it is usually for a larger sum of money like $1,000,000. For men, the distance is 165 yards and for the women, it is 150 yards. Please also note that the shootout shot(s) do not need to occur on a par 3 hole. You can simply set-up the shot at least 165 yards out from the hole on a par 4. Many groups choose this option and place the shootout shot on the 9th or 18th hole because it allows those who are not taking the shot the ability to watch from the clubhouse or cocktail area.

Putting Contests

For our single putt contests, we offer two distance options only: either 40ft or 50 ft for men and women. For our progressive putting, the distance starts at 10ft then progresses to 30ft and 50ft. 

According to Golf Digest, golfers average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers. Even though golfers go the distance with their swing, we want to make sure our distance for a hole in one is fair and obtainable for all golfers whether amateur or pro. If you have any additional questions regarding the yardage requirements for our contests give us a call at 888-882-5440.

What’s In Your Golf Bag?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Are you new to the game of golf? Like most other sports, golf requires a bit of an investment upfront. The game relies on several pieces of equipment and it can be intimidating at first when you see all the options available. 

There are several essentials you will need in order to play golf. You should focus on getting these before anything else. There are other things that can be considered optional rather than must-have items. This guide will make it easy for you to identify what should go in your golf bag so you can play your next round in confidence. 

Here is what you need to get started:

Clubs

Golf clubs can be expensive and easily go into the four-figure range if you buy each club individually. Make it easy on yourself and buy a set. You can get a good set online for a few hundred dollars. This set should include the following clubs:

  • Irons
  • Fairway Woods
  • Driver
  • Putter

You may get some additional clubs, like hybrids, but if you have these four areas covered, you will be able to play a round of golf without any issues.

Balls

Balls come in all colors, styles, and price points. You do not have to get the most expensive balls with fancy futuristic materials used on the inside to play a round of golf. If you are new to golf, or even if you have been playing for decades, chances are that you will lose a good amount of them. The more you learn what your unique playing style is, the more refined you can become with the kind of balls you play golf with.

Tees

You are going to have to put your golf ball on a tee when you plan on using your clubs. Tees are mostly all the same besides being different heights. Depending on what club you will be using at any given time, you will need to use different tees. Short irons will usually require the least amount of height on a tee whereas drivers will need the most. You want to make sure you get the most loft and distance you can when using your clubs. 

If you want an easy way out of a situation where you would be getting tees with varying sizes, just buy tees that are longer. You can always press them down further into the ground if you do not need the additional height. 

Gloves

The last piece of equipment you should have in your bag, or even just on you for the entirety of the game, is a pair of golf gloves. You will have a better grip on your clubs and also avoid potential blisters. If you are playing in the mornings, they will also help keep your hands warm. Make sure to buy gloves that offer you a snug fit that is not too tight when you make a fist

These are the essential pieces of equipment you should have in your golf bag. With this gear, you are ready to head to the links and play a fun round of golf. 

Summer Recap Of Hole In One Winners!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

This year we have seen an overwhelming amount of hole in one winners. And every time we get a winner, it makes us remember why we do what we do. We love to see the golfers’ reactions after making a hole in one. We love making others happy and we love to help tournament directors hold a successful tournament. We love it when things work out, and they did for several golfers this year. So with that being said, we want to take some time and reflect on some of our most epic hole in one wins this year. Who knows, maybe your golfer can be next?

Memorable Wins

Many winners are still in-complete and total disbelief and their initial reactions were priceless. One of which was Brandon Mortensen who made a 165yd hole in one at the Tonaquint Golf Classic. You can see his reaction on our Youtube page. Who wouldn’t be excited winning $25,000 cash!

Other hole in one winners this year are as follows. You can see photos from their event on our Facebook page.

Winner: Heath Brown

Tournament: Helena Firefighters Association Golf Tournament

Location: Wallace Adams Golf Club in GA.

Prize: Two Round Trip Domestic Airline Tickets

Winner: Evan Sturm

Tournament: Butler University Event Classic

Location: Pebble Brook Golf Course

Prize: $11,000 Pebble Beach Vacation

Winner: Justin Hageman

Tournament: Heald Open

Prize: Set Of Callaway Irons

Winner: Sam Jirschele

Tournament: Fore The Kids event 

Prize: 2-Year Lease On A 2019 Ford Mustang Eco Boost

Winner: Orlando Guerra 

Location: Goliad Golf Course

Prize: $17,700 2019 Ford Ecosport

Winner: Gary Szelagowsk

Location: Homestead Golf Course

Prize: Airline Tickets

Winner: Rob Van Orsdol 

Tournament: Agri-Turf Distributing 4th Annual Malcolm Stack Charity Golf Tournament

Location: Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Prize: $10,000 Cash

Memorable Prizes

Even those tournaments that didn’t produce a hole in one winner, were successful in promoting some very cool prizes. We had the opportunity to be a part of the Genesis Open in Palisades, CA this year! Innocean sponsored a hole-in-one contest with us and gave golfers the chance to swing for a Genesis G70! Any golfer would have been happy to win such a sweet ride! And at the Farmers Insurance Open, amateur golfers had the chance to sink a hole-in-one. If they were successful, they would win a 2019 G70 3.3T Sport!

You can follow any new winners by following us on Facebook. If there are any winners that we missed, we apologize. Since there are so many, there is a possibility we may have overlooked a few or are still in the process of finalizing paperwork.

Do you want the same type of experience for your golfers? The year is not over yet! Check out our hole in one insurance promotions! 

Tips For Planning A Golf Tournament At The Last-Minute

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Planning a golf tournament is beneficial for so many reasons, even if you are planning it out at the last minute. You can still have a successful tournament. But since you are on a time crunch, it is essential to cut corners and shift your focus from overthinking to focusing on what matters. You’ll have to plan your event the same way you would if you had more time, but on a smaller scale. To help, here are some tips to help you plan your tournament at the last minute.

Effective Marketing

This is the most important part of planning your last-minute tournament. Drawing in golfers through effective marketing and promotions will make sure you get the number of registrations you desire. Tournament directors assume that they have to do it on their own, but they don’t. Take advantage of social media and post your event on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also use your mailing list to send or email flyers promoting your event.

Contests

Hole in one contests is a great way to bring excitement to your tournament. Since you are planning at the last minute, you want to be able to draw in as many golfers as you can. Offering cash prizes for a hole in one, longest-drive, shootout, closest to the pin, or putting contest will motivate anyone to play at your tournament. But the only way that this will be effective, is if you get insurance (US Hole In One insurance to be exact)! What good is promoting that you’ll give away $1,000,000 if you actually can’t afford to do so?

Get Professional Help

There will be additional details that you wouldn’t want to overlook. Help with signage, banners, freebies for golfers and more, are things to not shove under the rug. Having industry professionals like US Hole In One is key. We help thousands of tournaments each year with signage, contests, and freebies for golfers. Visit our website for details.

So what are you waiting for? You already waited till the last minute so go out and plan that tournament! If you need help, you can always contact our representatives at 888-882-5440 to help you plan your tournament today!

The Best Products For Tech Savvy Golfers

Sunday, July 21, 2019

We live in a world full of technological advances. Thanks to technology we have been able to organize our lives through our phones and even have self driving cars. So it should come as no surprise that golf has made a few leaps with technology as well. Golfers are now able to play golf in the comfort of their own homes digitally and even golf balls now contain chips to record a golfers distance and speed. We have highlighted a few promising products that seem perfect for the tech savvy golfer or any golfer that wants to find new ways to improve upon their skills. 

Game Golf

Golf Game is a comprehensive system designed to seamlessly capture and display your golf game in a dynamic interface with stats, trends and even gives golfers the ability to review and share your round of golf. You don’t have to manually enter information to keep track of your game. The system does it for you in the background, so you can worry about playing.

HoleN1 Golf Cell Phone Clip Holder and Training Aid

You heard of a selfie stick right? Well this is a selfie for golfers who want to get instant feedback on their swing. The HoleN1 Golf Cell Phone Clip can be used to record your swing, and then immediately review every detail… alignment, foot movement, swing path, and contact.

Everybody’s Golf VR – PlayStation VR

Step on to the course like never before in the incredibly immersive Everybody’s Golf VR experience! You can practice your putting on the green or tee off at the driving range to perfect your swing. And did we mention that you don’t have to leave home?

Crestgolf Golf Putter Plane Laser Sight Golf Training

No need to use elevated string ties, or chalk lines. Lasers have stepped in to make practicing your putting skills easier. The Crest Golf Putter easily attaches to all putters and give a laser guide line during your putt to check your putting plane. Who knew that laser precision could increase your putting precision?

Prazza Radar Golf Ball Finder

Prazza is a golf ball finder that works from up to 100 meters! It’s a great way to save money from purchasing golf balls every time you hit the course. You can know have a golf ball for life. 

So are you ready to improve your game or just have fun with any of the above gadgets? And how do you see golf adjusting to keep up with future tech trends? Are flying caddies next?

 

5 Fun Ways To Play Golf This Summer

Friday, June 7, 2019

Summer has officially begun! This makes for the perfect weather to hit the green and practice your skills. But there are more ways to play golf this summer that is not only fun, but can bring together the family or be played at your next summer cookout. Leave the serious golfer on the course and have some fun with these golfing ideas below:

Floating Golf Greens

In golf, having your golf ball go for a swim is not ideal. All golfers dread swinging their ball into a sand dune or pond. But how about creating a water hazard for fun in your own pool? This allows you to practice being target-oriented and hitting over hazards. So why not add the funnest addition to a summer pool party. See a variety of floating golf green by visiting FloatingGolfGreen.com.

Golf Target Toss

Now you can host your own golf tournament in the backyard. GoSports BattleChip VERSUS is the ultimate outdoor game that combines the fun of golf with yard games like the traditional bean bag toss! This game is great for the whole family of a solo game for practice.

Golf Shot Party Game

This Golf Shot Party Game will provide hours of adult fun. You took many “golf shots” but nothing like this. In this version of golf, if you miss a shot, you take a shot. 

Portable Putting Green

Our sister company Interactive Promotions Group offers portable putting greens is easy to setup and guaranteed to draw a crowd at all types of events! Whether it’s indoors or out, their greens make for the perfect addition to a tournament, business event or fundraising event. And what’s even better is that your prize can be fully covered.

Mini Golf

The perfect way to spend a sunny day is on the miniature golf course. Play mini golf with your friends and family on a course filled with volcano, with ponds, rivers and waterfalls for maximum fun. You can have a relaxing round of golf or play competitive style complete with score cards. Practice getting a hole-in-one!

These games are guaranteed to get everyone up and moving and enjoying golf in ways they didn’t know they could. This summer, make room for some leisure golf to relax and enjoy with friends and family. For more contest ideas visit US Hole In One for details.

Tournament Directors Program: Get A Discount For Multiple Tournaments

Thursday, May 23, 2019

There is a lot that goes into being a Tournament Director. From developing the schedule, maintaining database of committee members and contacts, implementing marketing and promotional strategies, monitoring revenue, budgets, projections, etc. In other words, the Tournament Director wears many hats. This is a year-round job even if you have one tournament to prepare for, so we understand how hard it can be for directors who have multiple tournaments per year. For that reason, we have in place a Tournaments Director Program that allows for directors to get a discount for having more than one tournament.

We want to reward our directors for their efforts so we offer a 10% discount if they purchase 10 tournaments per year through US Hole In One. That’s right, the more you work, the more it should pay off for you. Every directors goal is to run a top-notch event that provides enjoyment and competition for their golfers and bring them back year after year. If this is your goal, you should definitely take advantage of our hole in one contests. Our contests and prize insurance packages offers a new way of reducing the stress and costs that comes with holding a tournament. Explore our site for more details or speak to a representative to see how you can have your multiple tournaments pay off for you!