10 Top Tips for Planning a Successful Golf Day
Whether you're the chief-organiser of a long-running golf society, or the designated office social planner, when it comes to organising the next group outing the pressure is on to ensure everyone enjoys their day. So, to ensure you don't lose friends with your menu choices, or severely limit your career prospects by forcing your manager to play a course that's way above their skillset, we've put together this handy list of things to consider when planning your golf day.
1. Planning – Everyone knows that kicking off the weekend with a Friday outing of golf and drinks is a great idea, which is why you'll find that you need to get in early to get your pick of dates, especially during peak season at popular courses. You won't need to know exact details for your day at the time of booking, but it's worth making enquiries about dates as early as possible to reserve your space.
2. Course – Chances are there will be a range of golfing abilities in your group, and while you want to impress your friends and colleagues with quality, you don't want to intimidate the higher handicappers who might struggle to get round a long or tricky course, it's supposed to be a fun day out after all! If you've not played the course before it's worth having a chat with staff who will be able to advise you on who the course is best suited for.
3. Venue – As well as having a good quality golf course, you need to make sure the venue has everything else you need to make your day a success. A bar serving cold drinks after a hot round of golf is always welcome, along with comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces to sit and relax at the end of the day.
4. Travel – The perfect venue could have everything you could possibly want, but it isn't much use if no one can get there. Make sure that there's plenty of parking available for the number of guests you're inviting, along with other transport options for non-drivers.
5. Food – Ensure there are tasty food options available for your guests when they come in from the course, and even set them up with a breakfast before they start to lessen the chances of 'hangry golf' incidents. A quality venue should be able to provide a range of catering options to suit every taste and budget.
6. Organisation – Once you've booked the date with the venue you can start to invite your guests. If it's a corporate day make sure you invite all your key clients along with staff from your organisation, this is a good opportunity to build business relationships and grow networks. Try to find out attendees' handicaps and dietary requirements, these will both aid the smooth running of your golf day.
7. Non-golfers – Don't forget the non-golfers! Just because they can't participate out on the course doesn't mean they should be left out. Consider inviting people to enjoy the meal and drinks after the golf, or organise other entertainment such as live music to make the shift between golf day and social occasion. The golf professional could even give them a taster session to make sure they feel involved.
8. Prizes – Arrange some prizes for the day, from overall placings to nearest-the-pin or longest drive prizes, the staff at the venue should be able to advise you on what would work best and even supply the prizes for you.
9. Go the extra mile – There are so many possibilities for additional items you can include to give your golf day the wow factor (and keep the office talking about what a fantastic event it was for years to come). Simple things like providing a branded goody-bag for every attendee are sure to impress, or if the budget allows why not go all out and organise a golf trick-shot show or even a fireworks display for the evening entertainment.
10. Communication – Staying in touch with your guests and the venue staff in the lead up to the day will ensure that everything goes smoothly. From last-minute dietary requests to late arrivals on the day, problems can arise but they needn't be stressful if you make sure you have everyone's contact details handy.
At Bush Hill Park Golf Club we're happy to share the work and can organise each element of your day for you – from breakfast to prizes we can do it all. If these tips have motivated you to get your golf day booked, make an online enquiry here or call 020 3146 9892 and we'll be happy to help you arrange a day that's memorable for all the right reasons.