When planning a golf tournament, you will need to consider the starting time and the starting format. Your host golf professional will likely suggest a “shotgun” start. In the December 2004 issue of Golf Digest it was reported that at a golf tournament in Walla Walla, WA in the month of May 1956 golfers were at their assigned tee boxes waiting to start their round, the head professional at the time Mr. Jim Russell fired off a shotgun to signal the start of the tournament.
What are the Benefits of a Shotgun Tournament
So you may be asking yourself, why should we do a shotgun tournament? First and foremost all of your players will be starting on different holes at the very same time. The benefit of this is that everyone will complete the tournament at the same time and can celebrate the day together. Whether you are hosting your customers, clients, and friends to a pre-tournament buffet or post-buffet everyone can enjoy each other’s company at the same time. By having all the participants in the room at the same time you can celebrate and recognize your players with prizes for the various on-course contests, lowest scores and even the golfer or team that had the “most fun.”