Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Our Ladies Golf Board had decided to start a Birdie tree to help get interest in more players during this yearís golfing activities. We have had a Ringer board which I described in an article earlier. I was given the task of coming up with an idea of how to set up this Birdie Tree. Our golf course is a Twenty Seven hole course so we would have to have three sections to our Birdie trees.
It took me awhile but since I love photography and have many pictures of our golf course and have even set up a web site to show our beautiful course. Since I had many pictures of great trees on our course I decided to use an enlarged photo of a tree on each of our three nine hole courses. I mounted these pictures on a large deep green poster board as our three courses are named Creek #1, Creek #2 and Creek #3.
My next task was to find a way to attach our memberís names to each of these trees with a picture of a bird. I spent a couple hours in Hobby Lobby which was a chore as they had very few items with birds in their craft section. I settled on little plastic white birds and used epoxy to attach the birds to thumb tacks. I had ribbons of paper for our members to write their name and hole number when they made a birdie. These were then placed on the tree where they had their birdie.
I then got creative and found small pictures of eagles and placed them on the top of my board for any lady that had an eagle. Last year we had two of our members have eagles. I also thought we needed a hole-in-ones as well and cut out Aces from a deck of cards and attached them to the other side of this board. We did not have any hole-in-ones last year but we have seven par three holes so it will happen.
I found a small wicker basket that had two sections on a wire support. At the top of this support was a metal bird so it was appropriate for holding the container of small birdies and ribbons of paper. The bottom section will hold the score card of members who have had a birdie with the hole circled so I can keep a record of all the birdies this year. We also decided to charge a fee of $5.00 to be part of this game.
At first some did not think they wanted to join as they did not think they would have any birdies. Well lo and behold on our first day we already had a birdie flying on one of the trees. It did not take long and now another birdie is flying on another tree and we just started this game last week. It is going to be a fun time and I will have to keep track of this plus the Ringer board so a busy time with lots of enthusiastic lady golfers. I now have joined with my birdie flying on Creek #2.
Make things interesting for your members to keep them interested in their game and ways to keep improving. The Ringer board is a way that shows your game is improving and the Birdie Trees is your badge to show that improvement.