It’s rare that I feature a party geared towards men. Nothing against them – but I think it’s safe to say that most of them don’t appreciate the type of attention to detail women put into party planning! However, all men deserve a special party now and then…..so whether you are planning a fabulous Father’s Day, a pre-wedding gathering, or a 40th birthday party, here are a few ideas to plan a summer golf outing:
- Course Selection – Budget limits, tee time availability, location, club amenities, and players’ ability should drive your decision on course selection. Considerations should include: course difficulty, carts, caddies, and bag carry options, course/clubhouse capacity, availability of locker room with showers, club and shoe rental options.
- Spread the word – Before you send out your actual invitation (I absolutely love this invitation from Tiny Prints – it’s the perfect balance of fun and masculinity!), you may want to send out a save the date card or an informational e-mail to get an idea of how many people are considering attending.
- Registration – The registration area is one of the most critical components of any golf outing. It sets the tone for the entire day. The registration table should be set up in a highly visible location and should have some sort of festive decor. Depending on the size of your event, the table should be manned up to two hours prior to the scheduled arrival time of your guests. Ensure that adequate personnel will be available to maintain a smooth flow of traffic, keeping the registration area moving effectively.
- Speed of Play – Maintaining an adequate speed of play is an important aspect in ensuring a successful golf outing. Slow play is annoying to other golfers and can disrupt the timetable for other planned activities. This can be managed by correctly pairing the members of your group by playing ability, or by choosing a format of play that produces timely rounds.
- Shot Gun vs. Tee Times – Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of the two standard formats for golf outings.
- Shot Gun Starts
- Shot gun starts permit all group participants to start and finish at the same time. This allows the group to remain together for other events.
- The entire group arrives at the banquet facility at one time.
- Can be scheduled for the early afternoon, allowing participants to get in a full morning of work.
- Speeds up play.
- Tee Time Starts
- Allows for a variety of starting times to suit golfers needs.
- Can maximize outing capacity (up to 220 players between 8 am and 1 pm)
- Flexibility allowed for guarantees on group size.
- Shot Gun Starts
- Contests – Contests can be an enjoyable source of entertainment for your players. However, don’t overload your event with too many contests….they can slow down play. Here are some suggested contests:
1. Longest Drive
2. Skins Game
3. Closest to Pin
4. Putting Contest
5. Nearest to the Line
6. Mulligan Sales
8. Flying Lady
9. Beat the Pro
10. Blind Partner
- The 19th Hole – After 18 holes of golf, your men will be ready for a relaxing break! Plan a lunch (you could even invite spouses that didn’t play to join in) at the course’s clubhouse that includes a buffet of sandwiches, salads and buckets of cold beer! Create simple, yet festive centerpieces for the lunch tables by using glass cylinder vases in different sizes. Fill them up with golf balls, limes, candles, sand….get creative! Dress up dessert by serving golf-inspired cupcakes!