If you are planning a tournament in the Fall or Winter, don’t be discouraged by the cold weather. A chill in the air can be a great opportunity for your players to experience unique interactions on and off the course. Here are some simple suggestions that players, sponsors and volunteers will enjoy.
- Ask a course pro to donate some time prior to tee off. A quick pass down the driving range line will give each player the opportunity to get a simple swing or strategy tip. The pro might also gain new students.
- Consider passing out at least one tee prize that golfers will most likely use in cold weather such as a Zippo Hand Warmer, Disposable HotHands, a Waterproof Valuables Pouch, a Clique Microfleece or High Visibility Yellow Titleist Golf Balls (yes, even the pros are using them!).
- It can be downright cold in certain climates – especially with an early starting time. Consider setting up a warming station on a couple tee boxes (perhaps those that have a history of long waits). You might want to offer hot coffee, tea, cider or cocoa. With permission, the course may allow you to operate a portable enclosed fire pit. Bring a smile and cheer to each golfer as they pass through.
- Don’t forget that golfers will work up an appetite while playing in cooler temperatures. Consider providing hearty season-specific snacks. Invite a local bakery to sponsor your event with a table full of Fall favorites such as miniature apple pies and pumpkin muffins.
- Be creative with hole contests. One tournament planner held a “Drive the Pumpkin” contest where scramble players could try to hit a pumpkin with their tee shot in order to win an automatic one-putt. Another event featured a “Mitten Putt” where each player had to wear a pair of winter mittens while putting on one of the greens.