If you have ever attempted to organise any sort of event that involves a large amount of men, you’ll know how ‘easy’ it is. Trying to agree on a specific date, making sure everyone pays on time, hoping that people turn up at the right place at the right time…
…we can feel a headache coming on just thinking about it!
Truth be told, trying to plan a golf society day with a load of blokes is always going to be interesting. So it means that choosing the right venue – a golf club that will ensure that once all the planning has been done, the day itself runs like a dream – is so important.
Here are our top tips when planning a golf society day:
Pick your players
Make sure you have enough players to pull together a tournament. 12 – 16 is a good number. Anything over 20 may be too much to manage unless you’ve organised tournaments in the past. Remember too that people will always drop out. Here at Warley Park, we know that numbers can change so we can be flexible when booking initial numbers to avoid unnecessary stress and expense.
Choose a venue
If you’re a member of a golf club, it will probably be your first port of call but the important thing is to choose a venue that offers good value for money and is as accommodating as possible. It’s likely that your players will be of varying abilities, so your ideal golf course would be one that is challenging but isn’t impossible for less experienced golfers.
Set a date
This will probably be the most frustrating part of organising a golf society day. Sadly it’s unlikely you’ll find a suitable date that everyone can do, which is a shame but there’s nothing you can do about it. All you can do is go with the date that the majority can make.
Cost your day
You will need to work out the costs, add a little to provide yourself with a small fund for any prizes and trophies, and then divide it by the total amount of players. And then you have to get people to pay you! A good idea would be to ask for an initial deposit as it will make them less inclined to drop out. And then it’s a case of ‘chase, chase, chase’ for the rest of the money!
Prizes and trophies
Over the years we’ve lost many of our high street engravers and although online options are available, it’s important to do some research before ordering to make sure the quality is good.
The handicap system can sometimes prove an issue if you have infrequent golfers who have high handicaps and something of an erratic game! You may want to look into a three quarters handicap as this will even out this discrepancy. Having a prize for the best gross score will give the more accomplished golfers a challenge to play for.
There are a number of different types of competitions you could choose, including Medal, Stableford, Matchplay, Four Ball Better Ball, Foursomes, Greensomes and Texas Scramble. Choose which one will suit your players’ abilities.
On the day…
Provide your players with the full address, date and time of your golf society day. Make sure you arrive early with all the necessary equipment, prizes, pencils etc so that you’re not panicking on the day. And then put your trust in Warley Park Golf Club!
Not only is our course fun, accessible and challenging for all abilities of golfer, our facilities are second-to-none. Our in-house team will work with you to organise food and drink as part of your golf day package, and then ensure that all your guests are well taken care of… leaving you to relax, enjoy your golf society day and take all the credit for a job well done!