Your source for information about hosting a charity golf tournament.
Larger prestigious charities can do the buying a team sponsorship route and make quite a lot of money that way, especially since they are attracting a well-heeled crowd and the high entry fee keeps out the riff-raff.
I'm not sure this sponsorship scheme will work as wellfor small to mid-sized local charities that may not have a constituency of wealthy supporters who "want to be alone" with their peers enough to pay the premium costs of such an event. For the smaller npo's, it's like gold mining on a claim that's starting to peter out. You may have to have hole prizes and sidebar contests if you want to make enough to be profitable.
One hazard of the type of tournament Nina describes is that participants or volunteers have a bad habit of adding luxuries to such tournaments that eat up the profits. I had a student at one of my workshops that ran a tournament with a $5,000 per team sponsorship rate. They filled a full flight, almost 120 golfers and they LOST money. The player/volunteers turned it into a very expensive Pro-Am and by the time they finished paying the pros, there wasn't even enough to pay off all the expenses.
The volunteer committee dumped the pros and over-rode the "high-roller" types on the planning committee and went with a simpler format the following year. They lost few players with the change in format and made a nice profit for the college that year.
Most of the complaints about losing the pros came from over-privileged golfers on the planning committee who saw the event as a way for them to schmooze with pro-golfers. They had little regard for the real purpose of the tournament - to make money for the college!