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Charity Golf Tour FAQ

54 Reasons...$1 Million Answers
  1. What is the Charity Golf Tour?
  2. Why did we create this Tour?
  3. When is the next Seminar scheduled and who can go?
  4. Can you tell us more about the uniqueness of the Charity Golf Tour?
  5. How can you accommodate 54 charities if you only have 17 locations and dates?
  6. When can we sign up?
  7. All this sounds complicated?
  8. We've already got a Golf Tournament planned for this Fall/Spring
  9. How does my company get paid for all of this work?
  10. When is the deadline to sign up for the Tour?
  11. When will the 1st Charity Golf Tour date be?

1. What is the Charity Golf Tour?

It is an exciting new Year Long Golf Tour that allows up to 54 pre-selected Charities to collectively come together as a group with the goal to collectively raise $1 MILLION Dollars. There are some criteria we have set up to determine if a charity is eligible to take part, but in most instances the only thing preventing a charity from doing so is a required # of people who set a strong fund raising GOAL of $20,000.00-Minimum, which will their contribution toward the $1 MILLION Dollars!

2. Why did we create this Tour?

Because we realized a need to help motivate leaders and supporters as well as guide & educate people who are experiencing a 1st time or long standing golf tournament about new methods and formats to plan a successful charity golf event! The most important 1st Step for all charities interested was to attend the Charity Golf Tournament Seminar at River Hills CC or one of the remaining seminars. This is important so as to understand what needs to change, what is no longer working, and how to manage a successful charity golf tournament based on the TOUR's 5-BUZZWORDS..EDUCATION, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, MULTI-MEDIA, COMMUNITY & COMMUNICATIONS!

3. When is the next Seminar scheduled and who can go?

The next seminar is scheduled for Oct. 3rd at Heritage Isles CC in New Tampa. (Directions will be sent to all who attended the River Hills CC event in case you have friends and associates from other charities whom you feel should attend! This will be an evening event with dinner buffet provided FREE for one!)

4. Can you tell us more about the uniqueness of the Charity Golf Tour?

The uniqueness is that there will be no more than 17 Tournament dates & locations chosen at yet to be finalized sites in Tampa Bay! Several of these sites are high traffic areas such as Channelside.

5. How can you accommodate 54 charities if you only have 17 locations and dates?

PAR 3-SHOOT-A-THONS:
a. We have 2 playing formats we will use: (Both of these have been trademarked by my company-Portable Golf Solutions).
  1. The 1st is called a PAR 3-SHOOT-A-THON, where players will tee up a total of 54 balls off the TEE BOX (3 at TEEING hole.. lengths moved in between 150 yards and 210 yards..essentially creating a PAR 3 hole at each of the 18 holes on the course). The players will be competing at Hole-In-One contests on each hole with each of their 3 balls struck off each tee.
    1. Ball #1 on each hole will be for CASH (from $1K-$18K depending on the hole#)
    2. Ball #2 will be for Prizes such as Plasma TV's, Surround Sound sets, Furniture etc.
    3. Ball #3 will be for Trips around the USA for (2) with airfare and Hotel typically for 5 days, 4 nights!
    4. (Each Ball will be marked 1, 2, or 3 with a SHARPEE.)
    5. If a player loses a ball in the water or out of bounds he must replace that ball& number with a magic marker application.
  2. Players will be required to solicit pledges per hole, or write a check for a minimum of $300.00-entry fee if 72 players are in the tournament. (Should that number be less than 72, then an adjustment on the entry pledge dollar will be made.for example.if you only can recruit 36 players in the tournament, then each player would be required to get $600.00-minimum in pledges as entry. (Remember the "KEY" gross number is $20K raised!)
  3. Players will also be playing in a TEAM SCRAMBLE TOURNAMENT and flighted into 3-flights by Team Handicap. First place awards will be given to each flight winner. (TEAM SCRAMBLE occurs when after everyone in the 4-some hits their 3 balls off each TEE, or 12 total, the best ball of the 12 hits is then played by the 4-players using a typical scramble format until holed as the (1) TEAM SCORE!
  4. We will have 2-of these PAR 3 SHOOT-A-THON Tournaments taking place at a regular golf course site. one in the AM, and one in the PM. (River Hills CC has been chosen as one of the host sites of these events! (A total of 7 Sites will be chosen for these type events. 2 charities X 7 dates= 14 charities!)
  5. Incentives and player gifts will also play a big role in the total amount of money raised with awards going to the person who gets the most pledges.
PORTABLE MINI GOLF PUTT-A-THONS:
b. The 2nd format is more for the universally accepted golfing demographic called the mini golfer, which happens to appeal to 1/3 of the world's population!
  1. The MINI GOLF PUTT-A-THON concept (Also trademarked by PGS), is a brand new and creative format to use when recruiting players and sponsors. The Mini Golf course will be built and taken down by a minimum number of volunteers from each charity at each location site to save on total costs!
  2. All players will be required to play 3 balls as the event above, at each hole (54 Holes), but in this case will play out all 3 balls and add the cumulative score of each ball for their final individual score for each hole. Balls will also be numbered 1, 2, & 3 but you should not have to worry about losing them in the water!
  3. Prizes will also be awarded to the best scores by flights in SEX categories.MALE & FEMALE! Pledge awards will also be presented to the top pledge solicitors! Golfers solicit pledges for the 54 holes they will play!
  4. The minimum number of golfers to recruit again is 72 (4 at each hole-18 holes), to allow the flow of play to be nice and smooth and not take any longer than 2 hours! A lunch or dinner will be served after play with an awards ceremony!
  5. Each Mini Golf location will accommodate up to 4 charities in 2 -hour timelines. (1/2 hour set up in between events!) Ideal shotgun starts will be: 9-11 AM.11:30-1:30 PM.2:00-4:00 PM.4:30-6:30. (Locations, preferably covered or indoor if during the rainy and hot season, can be chosen by the charities involved but must involve no less than 4-charities at each site..so recruiting other known charities is encouraged!)

6. When can we sign up?

The sign up period opens up when you read the FAQ's and understand the requirements! Obviously, my staff and I will be managing the Tour and providing leadership, collateral, and planning processes for everyone to follow. In addition, we will create Sponsor opportunities for you to sell in addition to the player pledge entries to allow you to increase your gross and net! We have designed a PLAY-A-THON PLAYBOOK that will be given to each charity in order to make copies and distribute to each player recruit!

7. All this sounds complicated?

It can be a little overwhelming, that is why I have created the FAQ to start! I encourage those of you seeking for information, to e-mail me ASAP with your questions so that I can continue to add to the FAQ's for those who follow! In fact, using the principles I taught at the Seminar these formats should increase the excitement that you present your players and sponsors for not only participation this year but for years to come!

8. We've already got a Golf Tournament planned for this Fall/Spring

a. That is fine..go on with it! We hope you have taken good notes at the Seminar to help you succeed! Should you like to know how we might be able to help your golf tournament, let's plan to meet and discuss what we can do to help you! If you don't need any help (never met someone who couldn't), you are selling sponsorships and have a well thought out program giving your players and sponsor all they deserve for the money they are paying, then you don't need us! (We may be able to make suggestions on some items that could add to your bottom line so don't hesitate to call us for a review!)
b. HOWEVER...consider joining the Tour for a 2nd fund raising event maybe in the Spring or Fall -08! I can tell you that once we select our 54 charity partners, there will be no additions until this time next year! (I'm hoping to increase the number from 54 to 75 next year and raise $2 MILLION!)

9. How does my company get paid for all of this work?

a. I have put together a SPONSOR package that I am presenting to my own local corporate sponsors. My goal is to raise my own money to help pay for the portable golf course equipment, time, staff, transportation, and production expenses involved with 54 charities and events! I am in the process of recruiting "KEY" local media in radio, newsprint, magazine, online, and TV to accommodate our desire for Community Partners and very visible year long sponsors who can assist us in the process! b. Should my company fall short of our sponsor recruitment goals, we then would be forced to spread the cost out among the 54 charities. (An example: We would normally charge each charity $15 per person to play our Mini Golf course (72 person per charity minimum----4 charities in one day at one location) or $4,320.00 for the full day rental and tournament productions!

10. When is the deadline to sign up for the Tour?

It could be over this week! If you are interested NOW, don't hesitate to let me know and then we will have e-mail, phone call, and meetings face to face to move forward to the final selection step! (FIRST COME -FIRST IN!)

11. When will the 1st Charity Golf Tour date be?

Too early to tell but we would like to kick the 1st one off in late October-07!