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Golf has always been a traditional game, displayed in the way we act and conduct ourselves on the golf course. While many of these traditions remain, technology has changed golf equipment significantly in the past 25 years, as well as altered the way we score and analyse our rounds. With clubs that hit the ball for you and apps that analyze everything but the beer you’ve consumed, technology is starting to take over the game of golf.
Charity golf events have been around almost as long as the game itself. In 2012, charity golf events in the United States raised 3.9 billion dollars across 143,000 events. It’s hard to believe that we are only starting to see technology impact these events. New technologies such as live scoring, GPS systems, and live auctions have increased player experience, but event management software solutions make life easier for the organizers and contribute to the success of the events.
While there are a number of tools that help with the registration process, we are now starting to see software that is specifically designed to assist with the demanding process of managing a charity golf outing.
Here are 8 reasons why you should consider using a golf specific management tool for your next event:
1. Complete Player Database
The days of manually entering players into an excel spreadsheet will be behind you. The software will automatically track all players and expose any unpaid players.
2. Online Payment Processing
Your players will have the ability to pay online and you’ll no longer be forced to chase after cheques and outstanding payments.
3. Sponsor Management
Your sponsors will now have the option of paying by cash, cheque, or online and you’ll have instant access to everything you need (outstanding invoices, contacts, logos, etc)
4. Budgeting Tools & Reports
Another excel spreadsheet that can now be deleted. You now have instant access to all finances and with live tracking all you’ll have to do is sit back and watch the revenues come in.
Eliminate the constant strand of email threads and weekly calls. With multiple admin and user levels, golf courses and committee members can gain access to event information instantly.
6. Player Engagement
With automated emails and text messages, keeping players informed and engaged has never been easier. Have you ever tried to round up a group of 144 for dinner? Not easy! With text and email capabilities, players will receive important notifications instantly on their phone.
7. Online Presence
Show off your event! With easy to use website builders anyone can now quickly launch a website and start to create that online presence.
8. Save Time
Running a charity golf event is no easy task and can consume a lot of your time. Using event management software will no doubt save you a ton of time and allow you to focus on the more important aspects of your golf event.