Thursday, December 12, 2019

How to Organize a Successful Golf Tournament Fundraiser

When it comes to raising money for an effort or an organization, there are all sorts of ideas out there for people to generate giving or loyalty through a golf tournament fundraiser.

Some fundraisers are spread over days, if not weeks. Others don’t sound like very much fun at all. Some fundraisers can be localized to just one day, can be a lot of fun and have the potential to generate some really amazing fundraising results. One that’s a favorite of ours, of course, is a golf fundraising event.

There are a lot of positive things to consider hosting a golf fundraising tournament. For starters, lots of people love to play golf, whether they are experts or simply just want to get out on the greens for a day of sun and fun.

And then there’s the money-raising potential.

Not only can you make remunerations by people who are donating to play, but there is a huge potential to generate donations from sponsorships by corporations who want to be associated with your efforts. Here are some pointers to use.

Thanks to givingassistant.org for this graphic.

The origination of this article can be found at GivingAssistant.org where you will find tips on how to plan a successful golf fundraiser in seven steps.

Thanks to Laura Newcomer for writing the introduction to this article.










Thursday, October 24, 2019

3 Great Ways For Beginners To Experience Golf in Las Vegas

Golf for Beginners brings to you this Guest Post by Brian Peña @ Red Birdie Golf

Golf In Las Vegas - an Overview

Over the years Las Vegas has made a name for itself by constantly rebranding.  Whether it was catering to families in the late ’90s or transitioning itself to the adult playground where “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, Las Vegas is always going through changes.

Most recently, Las Vegas has positioned itself as a complete tourist destination by attracting visitors with incredible nightclub venues, daytime pool parties, and some of the top celebrity chefs in the world.

While understandably most people always associate Las Vegas with gambling, it has begun to position itself as an outstanding golf destination as well.  Currently, there are over seventy courses within a 30-mile radius of the Las Vegas strip, including a couple located right on the Las Vegas strip; Bali HaiGolf Club and The Wynn Golf Club.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at three of the best ways for beginners to experience golf in Las Vegas.  So if you’re ready to pack up your clubs and experience golf in Vegas, let’s get started!

Top Golf at MGM Grand

Located right behind the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas strip, Top Golf is a great way for beginners or even those haven’t even started playing, to experience golf.

Top Golf at MGM Grand - Experience Golf in Las Vegas

Although Top Golf isn’t your traditional golfing experience, it’s still a fun way to experience the game.  For those that haven’t been to a Top Golf venue, the best way to think of it is as a driving range on steroids.

You can play competitive games, enjoy some drinks, and experience golf in a non-stuffy way it’s so commonly associated with.

This approach to introducing beginners to golf seems to be working as the numbers have shown an increase in millennials starting to show an interest in the game.

Cloud 9 at Angel Park

Located about 12 miles west of the Strip is a twelve hole Par-3 golf course called Cloud 9 at Angel Park Golf.

Cloud 9 at Angel Park

Some of the holes on this course are inspired by some of the most famous par-3 holes in the world and one of the cool things about this course is that it can even be played at night.

When playing this course you definitely won’t need your driver or fairway woods but it can still be very challenging setup, especially hole #10 which is a tribute to hole #17 at TPC Sawgrass!

Royal Links Golf Club

Finally, we come to a full-length 18-hole golf course located about eight miles east of the Strip called RoyalLinks. 

Royal Links Golf Club - golf in Las Vegas

As the name implies, this isn’t your typical desert golf course setup, it’s a links-style course in the middle of the Mojave desert!

This course features holes inspired by eleven different courses in The Open Championship rotation.  In fact, hole #10 at Royal Links is inspired by the 17th hole at St Andrews or the “Road Hole”.

At this course, you have the option to use fore caddies to simulate a complete golf experience, just make sure to stay out of those pot bunkers!

Vegas Baby!

There you have it, next time you make a trip out to Sin City don’t forget your clubs and make it a complete vacation experience.  Whether you’re in Las Vegas to have a traditional golfing experience or just hitting some balls in a party-type venue like Top Golf, this city has a variety of options for the beginner golfer to enjoy the greatest game made.


More about Red Birdie Golf: Our vision is to help beginner and intermediate golfers better understand the game and inform them about the best products on the market so that they can play their best and enjoy the game to the fullest.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tips to Speed Up a Slow Round of Golf

Tips to Speed Up a Slow Round of GolfIf the ranger has ever told your golf group to "pick up the pace", or if you are playing with one "turtle" in the foursome, this article might just help keep you on track to a four-hour round.

In golf, there is nothing worse than being stuck behind a group with empty holes ahead of them.

Your choices are slim as to what to do - you can "play through" making the group ahead wait for you to finish or you can drive past, politely letting them know that you are skipping the hole. Neither option is ideal as it throws you off of your game, interrupts your pace and may not allow for an accurate score.

If you or your group is guilty, it can throw off your timing and pace and your round will suffer. Amateurs see this problem occurring on a regular basis but it does happen within the ranks of the PGA Tour pros as well.

A Golf.com poll recently confirmed that there is a pace-of-play problem among top amateur junior golfers. Although measures are starting to be taken within the professional ranks, slow play is harder to control among average players.

Recently, Golf for Beginners offered three tips to speed up slow play on the golf course based on a recent occurrence by a tour pro. Since this hot topic is not going away any time soon, let's start by stating the pace of play rules for our readers and penalties for the infraction.

The R and A states that “The player must play without undue delay...”. The penalty for a breach of Rule 6-7 is loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play, and for a repeated offense, disqualification." Depending on the number of times the infraction occurs is directly relevant to the consequences.

In addition, the R and A has come up with a possible way to monitor the infraction at the club level. "Formulate a simple condition whereby the management establishes a time limit that it considers is more than adequate for players to complete the round and/or a certain number of holes (which will vary depending on numbers in groups and form of play). In the circumstances where a group exceeds the prescribed time limit and is out of position on the course, each player in the group is subject to penalty."

Golf for Beginners offers a few tips for those who are personally guilty of slowing down the pace of play. If you are new to the game, start at a forward tee box, count your number of shots and pick up your ball and move it forward if you find yourself slowing the group.

Be considerate and you will still have fun - you will continue to learn no matter where you are on the course.

For better amateurs, the USGA suggests that golfers become, "more efficient with your valuable time, as well as everyone else’s." Make assessments before you get to your ball so you are ready to hit your shot.

Speeding up pace of play will only happen if golfers recognize the gaff and take positive action while maintaining the decorum of the game.

How do you help speed up slow play? Let us know in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Recovering From Your Best Golf Round Ever

recovering from your best golf round
It's easy to discuss what you would do to recover from a bad round of golf but how do you follow up after your BEST round?

When you shoot a really low score in golf, do you tell anyone? Sure you do...you probably shout "I scored a 36" from the rooftops to whoever will listen...even if they don't play golf. Subsequently, when the score is not so great, it may still go into your GHIN but without any fanfare.

So, when you shoot your best round of golf EVER, is it followed up by an equally amazing performance?

How well do you recover?

It isn't easy but Golf for Beginners has a few tips to help you become more consistent from round to round.

Although I have several 9-hole rounds in the '30s, my average 9-hole/18-hole round is in the '40s and I am regular '80s golfer. That being said, future rounds have fallen quite short of my expectations...even my husband has to give me the "what's wrong with you" stare when we play golf, making me even more self-conscious of my shortcomings.

I am getting rather good at making excuses, and the weather, being hot and extremely muggy, is actually helping my defense, even though I should be able to shake off the heat and concentrate on one shot at a time.

SportsPsychologyGolf says that, in order to shoot a low round, "it takes a hot putter, a short game that is more precise than usual, plus a modicum of luck. But it also takes smart course management, complete focus on the task at hand, and total self-composure."

Whew, sounds like a lot of things have to fall into place in order to shoot a low score...right?

How often are all of the above ingredients put together in one round, artfully blended together on the course into one "professional golfer" package"?

For the vast majority of golfers, whether beginners or strong amateurs, Golf for Beginners suggests the following tips for a quick comeback in golf:

1. Have a short memory: Where it's good to fist pump after draining a long putt, it's just as bad to keep with you that snowman you made on the previous hole.

2. Overcome Obstacles: Pressure affects everyone differently but, according to Dr. Bob Rotella, "Having control of your mind and using it properly can separate you from the competition." Instead of thinking that you will ever get the perfect score, consider that "the essence of golf is reacting well to inevitable mistakes and misfortunes." Once you understand that the challenge and fun are in overcoming obstacles on the course, you will have a much happier time and perform better.

3. GASP: Not hitting the ball well? Sometimes, you just need to go back to the basics - Grip, Alignment, Stance, and Posture. Make sure you start, and finish, in balance!


We hope that your next round of golf is your best one ever and that you follow up with equally great rounds, one shot at a time.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How to Be the Comeback Kid in Golf

In Wiktionary.org, the comeback kid is "a person who repeatedly demonstrates the propensity to overcome downturns or periods of bad publicity and rebound to victory or popularity." In golf, the comeback kid has been related to Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Cantlay, and Rory McIlroy for rebounding after trying circumstances during a tournament.

After nearly five years on the European Tour without a win, Paul Casey finally broke through and has now earned the title! Rolling in two clutch birdies on the 16th and 17th holes on Sunday at the Porsche European Open secured Casey's win.

Overcoming adversity on the golf course or coming from a stroke (or more) back may be easier for the tour pros but not so simple for the average golfer.

Although not everyone has the longest drive or can make all of their GIR's (greens in regulation), golfers can learn to master the art of putting. Almost any golfer can learn to putt well to save the hole. (How many times have you breathed a huge sigh of relief after sinking a long bogey putt?)

comeback kid golf putting


Here are a few tips to help you assess your round, stop the slippage and use your putter to be the comeback kid on the golf course.

1. Visit the practice green before every round and roll a few putts to get down the speed and see the line.

2. While practicing, try to get within the "circle of trust" near the hole.

3. "Think Roll, Not Hit" - according to Dave Stockton, this mental golf tip is the key to distance control while putting. The two main thoughts surrounding putting are speed and line - you get the idea behind distance control and you are halfway to being a better putter.

Let's end this golf blog with a few statistics. Short game guru Dave Pelz states that "putting accounts for approximately 43 percent of your total strokes." Both putting and chipping account for "fifty percent of shots are hit within forty yards of the hole," according to GolfStateofMind.com.

I will leave you with this great putting demonstration by way of Phil Mickelson on Twitter. Enjoy!

Friday, August 23, 2019

3 Tips for Golf Beginners to Speed Up Slow Play

golf beginners speed up slow playSlow play has long been an issue for golfers - although it rarely affects the offender, setting up a shot or taking too much time viewing a putt can really put a damper on your game.

In the news recently, tour players have taken it upon themselves to personally address the situation, being more vocal in their opinions on the matter.

After Bryson DeChambeau recently took two minutes and twenty seconds to find his line and putt, Brooks Koepka had a word (or two) with Bryson which resulted in an agreement and supposed compliance.

The Rules of Golf encourage "ready golf" and state that a player must play a shot "with undue delay".

READ: What rules of golf do you always follow?

Since slow play is rarely addressed by PGA Tour officials, professional golfers have taken to their podiums to drive the message home to their playing partners. While the PGA Tour deliberates,, the European Tour is taking definitive action, introducing a four-point plan to curb slow play on tour.

Golf for Beginners believes that education is the key to helping players speed up golf on the course. Here are three tips to help beginners (and all amateurs) move through a course while continuing to enjoy the experience.

1. PRE-SHOT ROUTINE: Do you have one? If not, now is the time to start - it shouldn't take you very long from the time you step up to the tee box with ball in hand until the time you fire off your shot. Confidence will be the key to your success.

2.  THINK BOX: The VISION54 Team (Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson) believe that you start using your instincts more - how much essential data do you really need before stepping up into the "Go" zone?

3. HOW MANY SHOTS DO YOU TAKE? For beginners, if you find you are whiffing almost every shot, why not pick up your ball and drop it closer to the hole - chip and putt instead? For shorter hitters who can move the ball forward...but not far...why not tee up from the next forward tee box? You will probably have more fun getting green-in-regulation too!

Do you have a few golf tips on how to speed up play? Post them in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter, tagging @Golf4Beginners.