As thousands of runners of all ages and abilities head for the start line of the London Marathon this weekend, many will be taking part to raise funds for their chosen charities. You don’t necessarily have to dress as a muppet or a banana to run the marathon for charity, but it does tend to get you more sponsorship!
There’s another type of marathon that really works for fundraising, and isn’t anywhere near as exhausting as running (or staggering) twenty-six and a bit miles. The relatively gentle setting of a nine-hole minigolf course can be a fundraising magnet if you stage the event right. Here’s how to do a mini-golfathon!
Pick your day. You’ll need several weeks or longer to publicise the event, and for participants to raise sponsorship. For a Summer mini golfathon, the time to start planning is now.
Plan the event format. It can be a 24-hour mini-golfathon where total number of holes putted can approach 250. Players sponsored per hole will raise quite a lot if they have the stamina! Make sure drinks and snacks are available for everybody. Alternatively, players can get sponsored for how many holes they putt in an hour, two hours, or another period that fits with your event arrangements.
Secure a venue. It can be indoors or outdoors, as our equipment works just as well either way.
Check with Putterfingers for course hire availability on your planned day. We usually have enough stock to accommodate everyone, but at particularly busy periods such as the Summer months it’s worth calling us to see if we can cater for you.
Get your publicity out there. We can help you on the day with minigolf course branding to promote your cause, but the lion’s share of the donkey work (to use a mixed animal metaphor) is up to you!
Approach local celebrities or public figures such as MPs, mayors and business leaders. Ask them to participate by hitting the first putt, speaking, or engaging in a photo opportunity with the public. Even better if you can do this before the event as well as during it, to raise interest and gain sponsored players. We can provide customised sponsorship forms if you don’t have time and resources to make your own.
Order your personalised scorecards from Putterfingers. It can take us a couple of weeks to get them printed for you.
Do more publicity. You can never do too much!
Ask local companies to sponsor a hole. They get publicity from it, and you get money for your cause. It’s a win-win. We can assist with adding their company branding to hole flags and course edge bumpers.
Arrange delivery and collection of your Putterfingers kit. We supply:
A 9-hole crazy golf course
Plenty of putters and balls
Sponsorship forms, if required
A staff member to assist with organisation on the day (subject to location)
Organiser packs with complete golfathon instructions.
Here’s an example of a mini golfathon staged by the charity Guide Dogs.
Everybody likes playing minigolf, which makes it the perfect activity for fundraising events. Here’s an example from the USA of how one boy staged a minigolf tournament to raise funds for a Multiple Sclerosis charity because his grandfather has the disease. The event raised over $10,000 for the charity through a $20 playing fee and private donations made by participants. 50 people attended the event, which is a good but not huge number, and generated donations in five figures. Not bad for a game of minigolf!
It’s fairly simple to organise a minigolf fundraising event or ‘mini golfathon’. You need enough equipment to keep golfers moving round the course instead of waiting, but 6 to 9 holes is enough unless you are completely overrun with players. The main part is the preparation work beforehand: visiting local sponsors and canvassing them to attend or sponsor the event.
If your event is anything like as successful as the one described above, the cost of hiring the minigolf course will be covered in the first hour or two and the rest will be funds raised for your chosen cause. You can get local companies to sponsor an individual hole in exchange for some advertising on a backdrop to the hole (we can help with printing company logos and artwork onto these).
We suggest the mini golfathon format in which players seek sponsorship for each hole they manage to play within a defined time period. If you have a 9-hole course then four times round the course in two hours is a reasonable target. The more energetic players can go for fifty holes. If you have 50 players playing 36 holes with 10 sponsors each offering 20p per hole, this will raise £3,600 assuming they all finish the four rounds. If sponsors offer more per hole or if you have more players, the amount raised can go up and up. Players who arrive without sufficient sponsorship can be asked to pay a fee for playing which also goes into the kitty.
A successful mini golfathon can become an annual event. Anyone from 8 to 80+ can play and it can’t be rained off, though it would be a bit soggy. The only barrier to success is the number of sponsored players and their ability to raise sponsorship.
Give us a call on 08450 570 321 to see how we can help you to organise a minigolf fundraising event.
The best type of charity fundraising event is one where people actively participate and have fun along the way. Add a competitive edge, and your event will really draw people in to see if they can outdo everyone else.
A crazy golf day is a perfect way to achieve that mix of fun, participation and competitiveness and raise surprising amounts of money for your charity.
One popular approach is to stage a crazy golfathon – an epic crazy golf playing session. Participants are sponsored per hole and the money raised can be substantial. Hundreds of thousands of pounds are raised annually by golfathons. The fundraising event can be anything from five rounds of crazy golf (45 holes) to a dawn-to-dusk or even 24-hour session, where totals can approach 250 holes! If a crazy golfer is sponsored just 20p per hole at a shorter five-round event and has 10 sponsors, they’ll raise £90 (if they’ve got the stamina!). If you can get 50 players on board it could raise £4,500 for your charity.
Stage a longer crazy golf fundraising event and the amount raised can be much more. Obviously this needs balancing with finding enough people willing to devote their day to playing crazy golf for charity! But if planned and announced well in advance of the day it can work well.
Children can participate too, of course. It’s exciting for them to get sponsored and see how many holes they can do. You might find you have a small army of little fundraisers eager to help you raise money.
One great idea is to get local businesses to sponsor a hole. Putterfingers can assist with the branding of hole flags and course edge bumpers. This can cover the cost of hiring the golfathon package.
Putterfingers provide you with a everything you need to run a crazy golfathon:
9 hole Crazy Golf course
Plenty of putters and balls
Staff member to assist with the organisation on the day (subject to location)
Organiser packs with complete Golfathon instructions.
We’re happy to give you advice on organising the event to help it all go smoothly, or for an extra fee we’ll organise and staff the whole event ourselves.