Guest Author - Letta Meinen
On my Golf web site email I receive some interesting things that cause me to check them out. I received a short email from Paulette Firestone about tournament ideas. Her email was short and since this is one of my interests I wrote back to her explain many of the tournaments we have at my golf course. She had offered to send me details on how she as a two year chairman of their club’s women’s golf tournaments handled this matter. Yesterday I received a summary of what she and her assistants did to stir things up and it was amazing. I enjoyed it so much and asked her for permission to post it here to share with everyone.
Paulette explained that their attendance was down and she needed to find some clever ideas and recruited two other talented gals and they were off and running. I am going to put this in Paulette’s words as it was so interesting and helpful for all who are looking for new and clever ideas to drum up interest in your ladies golfing membership.
This is my second year being golf chairwoman at my club. I inherited a very low participation tournament schedule and very small participation. If we had 30 women it was a lot. I decided to make some very significant changes and pray to the golf Gods that it would work...Last year it was a tremendous success. I did it the American way. I decided to first do very eye catching
advertisements and take usual formats and make them unique in some way.
We started out by sending a calendar of coming events on Valentines Day in the shape of a red heart. That started the girls talking!
WE made huge posters for each event and put boas around the poster to make them stand out. The posters were displayed several weeks before each even on decorative easels.....next to a mannequin (bought on sale on line).The mannequin was dressed appropriately for each event. For the first event...mini golf camp.....we dressed her like a camper...with accessories
around her. We sent out eye catching flyers several weeks before the tournaments. We made the sign up board very "snappy". We worked like dogs.
The first event we had was a mini golf camp. We have 4 pros at our club who donated their time to teach 4 different stations. We divided the girls up so that each station had an equal amount of girls. After the stations we then
had a break and then went out for a 9 hole mulligan tournament. Each girl was allowed a mulligan on each hole so that she could practice what she had learned. We had over 100 women participate in this event. We charged nothing....it was a good advertisement for the golf pros to show their teaching methods. They each gained many new students from this one day.
Next we had what we called "Wild & Crazy Golf Tournament". We really went overboard and dressed the mannequin in knickers, argyle socks, crazy vest and visor. The tournament itself was billed as a tournament to shake off the winter cobwebs. Each hole had a card on the tee box that told them what help they would get on that hole....ex. Drive may be moved up 20 giant steps but no closer than 200 yards from green. We had a lot of funny, cute, help out there. The girls loved it...Again we had 100 women.
Next came the Red hat tournament. Again the new poster and the mannequin dressed appropriately and outrageously to match the theme. The tournament itself was loved. Every one was given red hat stickers and special score
cards and you would give yourself ....Bogey 1 hat, Pars 2 hats, Birdies 3 hats, etc. They used the best net ball of the 4some....Again we had 100 women.
Our partners tournament was great. We had a huge poster and called it Partners in Crime with pictures of Paris and Nicole on it....with the a saying on it that said,,,,Stealing Allowed...every 2some..partner got 2 "stealies", they were cards with Paris and Nicole on them and you could play them after a hole and steal your opponents score -the opponents could keep the score too.
We also had a Murder Mystery Tournament. We "murdered" 3 people at the club....the head pro, the starter, and the club manager. Each group played a best net ball and if they got a net par they were allowed to take a clue from a stick that had a clue on it. Sometimes you got the clue, sometimes you didn't....if you did not have a net par. At the end you could win for best scores and also if you could figure out who murdered each person...The ladies loved it....
Then came a Monopoly tournament...very involved to explain now.
I will ask Paulette to send me this Monopoly Tournament as I can add that on another article. On bellaonline.com they prefer are articles never have over 1000 words as it gets too burdensome to read. I will get more information from Paulette and post more reviews to include what she plans for this year as what she sent me sounded awfully good. If anyone else has ideas to share what they are doing for women golfers at their club I would love to post it here. We learn so much by sharing and it creates more interest for our women golfing members. Thanks Paulette for some interesting email correspondence, so nice to hear from ladies who are addicted to golf as I am.