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    What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    Followimg the mizuno golf pairs thread got me thinking. I've played in quite a few ranging from corporate events to pro ams to titleist matchplay. some good and some other not so good but in your opinion what makes a good golf event?

    The fee comparable to standard green fees?
    The value addedicated stuff- prizes, dinners etc?
    Or the social aspect of meeting new people?
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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    The overall organization of the day is often what 'makes' an event for me and can easily make up for other 'shortcomings' re price or course quality etc

    One of the slickest I went to was (ironically) run by Turkish Airlines and it was clear they knew their stuff about managing a corporate golf event (indeed several of the staff who were there, run these round the world for TA as their full time jobs, so maybe not a surprise they were very good at it)

    But from arrival through to meal etc it was organized to make you feel a bit special (at a course you're already made to feel a bit special anyway just on a regular day) and from a golfers point of view everything was as you'd want it

    Fees & prizes don't really come into it

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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    Perm any 1 or more from

    It's all about the prize table
    It's all about the course
    It's all about the charity being supported
    It's all about overall value for the entry fee

    Regarding how it appeals to enter

    Completely agree with Slab in terms of what happens next! Been on some really slick ones - but they have included professional corporate teams, clubs and not forgetting forum stalwarts such as Smiffy, Richart and TXL; all of whom have delivered brilliant experiences on the day.
    I've also been to complete shambles run by professional corporate teams, clubs and individuals!
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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    I'm not at all worried about the prizes as I never expect to be amongst them!

    Whether I enter would be determined by:
    1. How much the entry fee is compared to the quality of the course on offer
    2. Which charity is being supported


    How much I enjoy it is solely down to the quality of the organisation. The best ones I've been on make you feel like a pro for the day (e.g. chat with rules officials in advance, bespoke scorecard, starter, marshals on the course, recorders hut/office at the end).
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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    i think the only issue with some of these in particular the national comps is the better the prizes the more chance of unscrupulous types appearing.. short game wizards etc

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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    The best corporate events, imo, are slick and professional. Easy to sign in, friendly face, talk you through the day, a little goodie bag with some nice touches in, usually 3 balls, nice ball marker, pitch repairer course guide. Not cheap and nasty, it's about image. The course needs to be good, obvious but sometimes forgotten. Little touches like an open half way house or a buggy that comes round offering snacks and a drink go down well. Even something simple like someone coming round in a buggy asking how the day is going is a nice touch.

    Couldn't give a monkeys about prizes. It's lovely to do well but a round of applause and the pride of having done well is enough for me.

    I've played one open, a very different beastie to a corporate day. I still expect a friendly face, someone to tell me how everything will work, where to go etc. I don't expect goodies but a half way house / drinks buggy would still be a nice touch. You obviously get prizes at an open. Big prizes seem to attract dodgy golfers so I would rather see modest prizes, pro shop vouchers that can be widely used, that go down quite a few places rather than 2-3 big prizes.
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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    Quote Originally Posted by patricks148 View Post
    i think the only issue with some of these in particular the national comps is the better the prizes the more chance of unscrupulous types appearing.. short game wizards etc
    I find sticking to the Q format open events the only way round that!
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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    Charity being supported
    Quality of the course
    Cost (value for money)
    The company (and format)
    The quality of food.

    Most of the events I've been to have been professionally run and very sleek. Some have had some fantastic charity auctions or a guest speaker after. To be honest though, as long as I turn up play well, the charity makes some money, I can put up with most things

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    Re: What makes a good amateur/corporate event

    Its ultimately about the course and organisation for me. I want to feel like a pro for a day.

    Not bothered about where the money goes or who wins prizes.
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