Santa Swindle Golf Tournament
How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?
Santa Swindle Golf Tournament where hundreds of avid golfers over the years have dressed as Santa to raise money for local charities. The Santa Swindle has become a a household name in the community as people stop to take pictures with Santa as they play golf and learn about their cause. On average $10,000 dollars a year is raised.
How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?
It started as a small group of friends meeting to play a round of golf in festive attire but grew into something much greater. Realizing the difficulty involved in playing in Santa suits and beards they decided to lay down some ground rules. The rules are simple. One additional stroke is awarded for a suit, beard, and hat allowing for up to three strokes against your handicap.
This group gained notoriety steadily over the years. Believe it or not, a group of Santas on the golf course grabs one’s attention rather quickly. With the course being visible from Montgomery Ferry dr. it was not long before the surrounding community and membership alike were stopping to take pictures and learning about the Santa Swindle’s cause. All the funds that are raised are donated to the victor’s charity of choice.