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11 Golf Outing Games That Help Raise Money

Games and Contest for Your Next Golf Outing

Like Golf Course Games, golf outing games and contests are easy to run and can add fun and competition during and after the charity golf events . Unlike a game you may play during a regular round of golf, these games are for the whole group and you usually don't know who won until after everyone has finished their round.

Most golf outings play a best ball format, so I am not going to go into the different formats as that is covered in the link above to Golf Course Games. I will, instead, describe the games that can be used during the round.

The most common games are closest to the pin and longest drive. Hole-in-one contests are very popular as well. In fact, every par 3 should have some sort of game. For charity events, many of the games are geared toward earning money for the charity.

What is your favorite game during a golf outing?

1. Longest Drive Contest

Played on a Par 4 or Par 5

The Longest Drive contest is just as it sounds. From the tee of a long Par 4 or Par 5, the golfer that drives the ball the farthest and keeps the ball in the fairway is the winner. Typically, there is a separate contest for men and women.

A contest proximity marker is used to keep track of the current longest drive and the person who the drive belongs to. The first group going off the longest drive tee is given the contest marker and the last group brings it in and turns it into the event coordinators.

2. Closest to the Pin

Played on a Par 3

On a par 3, a contest called closest to the pin provides a lot of fun when teeing off. The golfer who puts their ball on the green and closest to the hole is considered the winner. Use a contest marker to keep track of who's ball is closest to the hole. Typically there is a men's contest and a women's contest.

3. Fitzs Best Ball

Here's a Golf Game to play during an outing with a best ball format which was provided by one of our readers. Or this can be included as one of the golf outing's prizes.

The game is a point system based on the ball being used on the next golf shot. 1 point awarded to the golfer in the foursome whose ball is used including putts. Best shot always hits next. If the best sinks their putt, they add an extra point, 2 points for a birdie, 3 for an eagle, and 4 for a double eagle.

4. Joker's Wild

Great for a Par 4 or Par 5

After the team of 2-4 players tee off at the designated hole, usually the middle of the course. Each player picks one card from a non player holding 4 cards, face down. 3 cards are Aces and 1 card is a Joker. The whole team will then play from where ever the Joker player's tee shot.

5. Pink Ball

During a best ball golf charity event, one golf game to play is called Pink Ball. It starts with every foursome receiving a pink golf ball. A rotation is established with the foursome and the pink golf ball is rotated between the golfers who use the ball for that particular hole. The score of the golfer with the pink ball is recorded and kept throughout the round. If the the team loses there Pink Ball in a water hazard, out of bounds, or just can't find it, that foursome is eliminated from the contest.

6. Hole in One Contest

Played on a Par 3

A hole-in-one contest is a fun way to make some money for your charity and give every golfer the chance to win a lot of money. Typically on a hole-in-one hole, the first person to hit a hole-in-one wins a cash prize such as $10,000 or $1 million dollars. To run this hole, you will need a sponsor to buy hole-in-one insurance so that if a hole-in-one occurs, the insurance company will pay the prize.

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A person is staged at the tee box of the hole and collects a fee, typically $1, $5, or $10 for those that want to enter the contest. The person then watches to see if a hole-in-one occurs and reports back to the outing manager.

8. Beat the Pro

Played on a Par 3

This is played on another par 3. As part of the using the golf course, sometimes you can get the local pro to have some fun on a par 3. The local pro takes bets that he can hit the ball closer to the pin than you can. If the pro's ball is closer the charity receives the money, if your ball is closer you win the bet.

9. The Cash Ring

Another Par 3 Game

With the permission of the golf course, a 20 foot ring is painted on the green. A bet is made that you can hit the ball within the ring. If you hit your ball within the ring, you win the bet, if not, the charity receives the money.

10. 50/50 Raffle

During Post Outing Banquet

At the end of the outing, during dinner, a person is doing a 50/50 raffle. As the name implies the money raised while selling raffle tickets, 50% goes to the charity and 50% is given to the person with the winning raffle ticket.

11. Prize Raffle

During most charity golf outings, the hosts collect raffle prizes from the local businesses to give during a raffle at the post outing dinner. Golfers buy raffle tickets and the people with the winning tickets receive the prizes. The money collect goes to the charity.

What was your favorite golf outing event?

GypsyLyric LM on April 10, 2012:

Closest to the pin is always a fun hole. For our golf outing, I usually work that hole rather than actually golf. It can also be fun if you offer shots.

PennyHowe on July 21, 2011:

I enjoyed reading your lens. You have some great content for those persons wanting to run a golf tournament or golf outing. I am wondering if you would consider adding my "Mulligan Golf Cards"? They are a great way to add pizzazz and flare to a golf outing. Selling Mulligans is another way for charities to make money. Also they can be used for souvenirs, advertising, and raffles, to mention a few. If you have a minute, please check them out. Wishing all fun on the golf course and lots of money for your charities. Penny Howe

achraf lm on June 08, 2011:

nice lens on great games; thanks

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