Golf tournaments can be a great way to build camaraderie within a company, raise the profile of your organization in the Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington community, or do valuable charity work. A golf tournament could even be one of your team fundraiser ideas to make some money for your team, or to fund things like improvements to the club that you may not be able to fund otherwise. They do require a little bit of attention and organization, but the fun is well worth it.
Golf courses are great spaces for companies and organizations to hold events. They’re not just great fun for golfers; they’re also beautiful locations for families and friends to spend an afternoon.
Before you get started organizing your golf tournament, you need to figure out what kind of tournament you want to hold. Let Crosswinds Golf & Country Club fill you in about some of the most popular kinds of golf tournaments for players in the Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington area.
Different Kinds of Golf Tournaments
Shotgun Tournament: In a Shotgun Tournament, all golfers start simultaneously from different, pre-assigned holes and finish at the same time. This allows for golfers to gather together after golf for dinner, prizes or both! This type of tournament is usually more suitable for larger groups. Crosswinds is pleased to accommodate Shotgun Tournaments from 60 up to 144 golfers.
Staggered Start or Consecutive Tee Time Tournaments: In this type of tournament, all golfers start at the same hole, usually Hole #1, playing in groups of up to four golfers, with staggered or consecutive tee times every X number of minutes. This is usually more suitable for smaller size groups to minimize the finishing times from the first group to the last group. Crosswinds hosts Staggered Start Tournaments for groups with more than 16 golfers, with tee times every 8 minutes.
Different Ways of Scoring
Stroke play vs. Match play
The two popular scoring systems for tournaments are stroke play and match play. Many kinds of the tournaments can be played in either scoring format, so it helps to understand the difference.
Stroke play is what most people think of when they think of the game of golf. Each player hits his or her ball as many times as it takes to get it into the hole. At the end of 18 holes, whoever has the lowest number of total strokes wins.
Match play is a little different. Rather than having a total stroke score for all the holes, each hole is its own little competition; whoever gets the lowest score on a hole wins a point for that hole. Rather than total strokes, whoever wins the most holes wins a game in match play. In match play, if you do poorly on a single hole, it won’t completely wreck your chances of winning the whole game.
Now that you know the difference between stroke and match play, there are a lot of different ideas for golf games that you can play in a tournament. You could read various guides on sites like Golfing Revolution to learn more about this sport. While this list is by no means complete, some game ideas include:
- Scramble: players are divided into teams and each golfer from a team hits their own ball. Every player from a team hits their next shot from the place the best shot on their team landed. This is probably the most popular game for tournament play.
- Bingo Bango Bongo: points are awarded to players for being the first on the green, being the closest to the pin once everyone is on the green, and being the first to get their ball in the cup. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
- Best Ball: everyone plays their own ball but only the lowest score amongst a team is taken as the team’s score.
As you can probably tell by now, the number of different and fun ways to play a golf tournament is pretty much endless. If your Mississauga, Oakville or Burlington business or charity is looking for golf courses to host your next tournament, contact us at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club today.