Published Sept. 24, 2010
by Melisa Camp
Fore!! Golf carts, sunshine, greens, Bloody Mary’s and carbon offsets? Welcome to your non-traditional green golf tournament! Today I volunteered at a green golf tournament at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. They are popping up all over the place and may be a fun way for your company to raise money and awareness for a cause.
Today was the 2nd Annual Carbon Neutral Golf Event hosted by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and Eco-Aid with proceeds going to UMOM homeless shelters. Renewable carbon credits were purchased to off-set the carbon used for the resort, food, travel, and golf course. IFMA invited USGBC to share a tent and distribute information to players on the course.
The Charity Green Golf Tournament hosted by 4 Green Golf is coming up on Friday, October 15th at McCormick Ranch. Proceeds of this tournament will go toward the Green Phoenix Chamber and ASU’s School of Sustainability. Again, Eco-Aid will assist in purchasing carbon off-sets, event day materials will be recycled, bio-degradable/recycled products will be used at event meals, and web-based registration and communication will be used to save paper.
Special incentives for using public transportation, driving a hybrid, or car pooling will also be offered in addition to the green goodies they plan to give away. Some of take aways include an eco-golf towel, bamboo tees, and a Dixion Earth Ball. Sponsorships opportunities for the event range from $20,000 to $250 and cost to play is $125 for Chamber members, $150 for individuals, and $500 for a 4 person team. Contact my colleague Bob Wikes to learn more or sign up.
“You can’t beat a day away from the office” replied one golfer when asked why he signed up. Spreading the word about going green, networking, raising money for a charity, and yes, a day out of the office are all really good reasons to participate in green golf event.
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To the left is the littlest Green Golfer at the Tournament today. And yes, I am guilty of wearing heels on a golf course in the photo of me in the red shirt above!