7 Quick Tips to Add Followers for Your Golf Courses Social Media Accounts

Gaining followers on your social media accounts is no easy task.

You need to set up your account, post regularly and follow along with comments. Most importantly, you need to have a strategy to add followers to your page.

Here are some quick tips on ways your golf course can add more followers to your social media channels:

On-Course Social Media Promotions

The easiest way to get followers to your social media accounts is to tell your golfers to follow you with on-course promotions. Some ways you can create on-course promotions to get golfers to follow you on social media are:

  • Clear Signage – include signs on your course, in the clubhouse and in the golf shop that tell your golfers you’re using social media.
  • Selfie Spot – Identify a popular picture taking spot on your golf course and include signage letting your golfers know this is a great spot to take a photo to share on social media. They will likely follow and share their experience at your course with their friends too.
    How to Gain Followers for Your Golf Courses Social Media Accounts

    Photo by Tom Prince

  • At the Point of Sale – Train your staff to let your golfers know to follow you on your social media channels for special offers, updates and course conditions.
  • Include a Scrolling Feed: Use a scrolling feed to show your golfers what you’re posting and what your golfers are posting on social media in your golf shop or clubhouse.

Engage on Other Social Media Pages

With more than 1.1 billion users, it’s possible to reach and connect with people from all walks of life, especially golfers. Local community pages, local golf-related pages, and local business pages are a great way to reach out and connect with your community and get more people following you on social media.

  • Local Community Pages: Regardless of where you live, there are social media accounts set up to engage your local community. In my town, Chino Hills Connections is a go-to resource for members of our community. Be sure to engage in local discussion to raise the profile of your social media pages.
  • Local Golf-Related Pages: You may have seen golf trick shot videos, golf equipment review sites, and golf course aficionado social media posts all over the internet. Connect with these influencers to raise the profile of your golf course and add to your follower count.
  • Local Business Pages: Local businesses are a great resource for golf courses to reach out to. Not only are they great prospects for events and tournaments at your golf course, but the people that visit those pages are likely people in your community.

Social Media Advertising to Target Golfers

An easy way to add followers to your social media channel is to use Facebook Advertising. With Facebook Ads, we recommend targeting golfers who live within 30 miles of your golf course.

  • Ads for Likes: You can run ad campaigns to target people who would be most likely to like your page. This will help increase your follower count.
  • Ads for Sales: We typically don’t recommend using ads for likes unless you’re just starting your social media account. What we suggest instead is using Facebook Ads to drive potential customers to a sale. While doing this they will be aware of your social channels and be more likely to follow.
  • Ads to Your Prime Market: With Facebook Ads, you can target golfers who are on your email list, who have visited your website in the past 90 days, or are the most engaged on your Facebook page. This high level of targeting insures that you’re reaching the right customers at the right price.

Use Hashtagging

Most social media sites use hashtags to help identify topics of conversation or categories of posts. Using hashtags in your posts will help add followers, specifically on sites like Instagram and Twitter.

  • Straight-Up Hashtagging: Example = #Golf – Using a hashtag like this makes your content usable on the various social media search engines. #Golf in Instagram as an example has more than 10,717,779 posts.
  • Local Hashtagging: Example = #SoCalGolf – Want to be searchable for a higher target market. Use local hashtags to be found by golfers who are more likely to play your course. #SoCalGolf in Instagram as an example has 7,304 posts.
  • Golf-Related Hashtags: Example = #GolfLife – There are tons of golf-related hashtags that can help your golf course get found by golfers all over the world. #GolfLife in Instagram as an example has 476,967 posts.

Run Social Media Contests

Run contests through your page to help spread word of mouth. They can get golfers to share your posts which can drive new golfers to your social media accounts. Some examples of contests you could run to gain followers are:

  • Photo Contest – Have your golfers submit a photo to your social media channel. The photo with the most likes wins. This will encourage your golfers to take a picture at your course, share it with their friends and invite them to your page to see it.
  • Share This Post with Your Friends Contest – Ask your followers to share a post. Randomly choosing a winner from the participants.
  • Majors Contest – Host a social contest during the major golf tournaments. Give your golfers a contest they’re happy to share with their friends.

Use Emails and Website to Promote Social Media Channels

Include your social media accounts in your emails and on your website. You can do this by:

  • Including your social media accounts in all employees’ email signatures
  • Sending an auto-responder email when they complete a round to ask them to follow your social media accounts
  • Having social media buttons on your website
  • Including a live social media feed, showing your actual social media posts, on your website.

Post Authentic, Engaging Social Media Content

The more engaging and authentic the content on your golf course is, the more likely you’ll have people want to follow you.

Think of your social media accounts as your own personal newspaper. The more subscribers you have, the more customers you’ll get.

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Do Facebook Marketing Right for Your Golf Course

Last month, we covered the top six mistakes golf courses are making on Facebook. Those mistakes were:

  • Being overly promotional
  • Just posting flyers
  • Posting infrequently
  • Not engaging golfers with comments
  • Posting the same thing over and over
  • Not analyzing your efforts

For the full article please visit – The Six Biggest Mistakes Golf Courses Are Making on Facebook.

Now that we’ve covered the mistakes let’s talk about how to do Facebook right.

Ask Questions

The purpose of social media is to develop relationships with your customers outside of the golf course. It requires engagement. One easy way to do this is to create posts that ask a question. Engaging questions prompt your audience to answer which gives you an opportunity to extend the relationship even further.

Here are some questions we’ve posted for golf courses in the past which tend to get a lot of engagement:

  • Do you repair your ball marks?
  • What ONE thing would you add to the golf carts at our golf course?
  • You’re teeing off on our 167-yard Hole #12 with a pin in the middle of the green. What club is in your hands?

Just asking questions is not enough, you need visuals to go along with them.

Use Visual Content

Visual content draws the viewers into the post and, as a result, gets higher engagement. Golfers are twice as likely to comment on a post that has a picture or video than a post without. Facebook algorithms also show visual content to more of your followers.

Visual content can be in the form of photos or videos.

Using the above examples we could use:

  • a picture of a ball mark on one of our greens before we ask the question
  • a picture of one of our golf carts next to the clubhouse
  • an aerial video of the 167-yard 12th hole at this golf course

Once your golfers start engaging with your content it’s a sign that you’re beginning to do things right. Take it to the next level by engaging with your audience.

Engage Your Audience

Once your golfers start to comment on your Facebook posts you need to respond. Provide responses which try to extend the conversation. Don’t post a throw away comment that is easy to ignore.

The Facebook algorithms show your posts to followers more often when they have more engagement. If you focus on building engagement, your Facebook posts will show up to more people more often.

If you want to see great engagement in action check out our friend, John Hakim’s Facebook Page at Greenskeeper.org.

The more engaged your audience is on Facebook, the better job you’re doing with your social presence. To ensure your audience is engaged in your social efforts you need to be authentic.

Be Authentic

It’s easy to tell which golf courses outsource their social media marketing to a firm who doesn’t specialize in golf. For the most part, they try to use stock photos, funny videos and memes to drive engagement at your golf course. But, they rarely do.

Golfers follow your Facebook page to find out what’s going on at your golf course.

To be authentic:

  • use actual photos of your golf course
  • pose questions that only your golfers would know
  • update them on course conditions, course improvements and special promotions
  • highlight your staff members and golfers

Know of any other ways you can be authentic at your golf course? Add them in the comment section.

Be Consistent

I see it all the time. A golf course will pick up their social media presence only to let it slip in and out of dormancy. Consistency is important to continue to drive engagement and to make more of your golfers aware of the activities taking place at your golf course.

Inconsistent posting results in less engagement and, therefore, less exposure for your club.

Our average Facebook posts reaches approximately 1,000 people. Daily posting insures that our golf-related Facebook posts are being seen more than 30,000 times per month. Being inconsistent substantially drops the amount of daily exposure your golf course could be receiving.

Analyze Your Efforts

A successful campaign on social media depends on how well you analyze your efforts and can adjust accordingly. Facebook Insights is a part of every Facebook page and it is a great tool to help you monitor your efforts.

Facebook Insights can give you valuable information about:

  • Reach
  • Engagement
  • Likes
  • Promotions
  • Page Views
  • Post Performance
  • Demographics
  • Local Information

The metric we tend to look at the most when analyzing our efforts is how our posts performed. Each post shows how many Facebook users our post reached, which actions took place and how many people clicked through to the website. This information is critical in terms of catering your content to your customers. The more you analyze your efforts the more you’ll find what resonates with your audience.

Conclusion

In our last post you learned what not to do with Facebook marketing for your golf course. In this post you learned what to do with Facebook marketing for your golf course.

To establish a strong Facebook presence for your golf course you need to ask questions, use visual content, engage your audience, be authentic, be consistent and analyze your efforts.

These tips are designed to help you build a strong online presence for your business, but there is so much more that Facebook offers to help you get more golfers to play your golf course and play more often.

Thanks for taking some time to see how to do Facebook right for your golf course. We will be sharing more tips like this soon, Including a big one: The Difference-Maker in Facebook Marketing Today. Join our email list to ensure you learn even more about how to be successful on Facebook for your golf course:

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The Great Golf Course March Bracket

Conference Championships are here and March Madness is next. There’s always a ton of buzz around the tournament and people are thinking about their brackets.

Let your golfers embrace bracketology to choose their favorite hole at your course via an exclusive contest through 19th Hole Media.

We’ll set up and run a contest using your 18 hole handicaps as “seeds” to slot your golf holes into a bracket. Your golfers will choose their favorite hole at your course after five weeks of voting!

What better way to get in the spirit of March and stir golf sentiment at your course leading up to the Masters!

Contact us for details and pricing and then look forward to stirring sentiment and buzz at your course with us!

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How Donald Trump Won the Presidency with Social Media

Regardless of how you feel about the election results, you witnessed a drastic shift in the way politics will be handled in the future. Golf courses and businesses should take note of the power and influence Donald Trump was able to yield through social media.

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

Our President-Elect, Donald Trump, made controversial statement after controversial statement throughout the campaign and – every time – our political pundits said he was done. He would not recover.

But, he did recover.

Not only did he recover, but he continued to make more and more controversial statements and each time his influence grew.

His campaign is a testament to the new age of marketing – the power of social media.

Donald Trump’s strategy was to make sure eyes, ears and minds were on him and only him.

His strategy worked and it will work for your golf course.

Trump’s campaign relied on one simple premise:

“There is no such thing as bad publicity…” – Brendan Behan

If you’ve ever thought to yourself social media doesn’t work, it’s a waste of time, or it can’t help to get more golfers playing golf, Trump just proved you wrong. Trump used social media to persuade our country.

In a traditional campaign, any number of Trump’s controversial remarks would have doomed his run for the presidency, yet he thrived.

With each tweet, Trump defied conventional thinking and the reason it worked is because his statements dominated the headlines nearly every day of the campaign election cycle. Every late night talk show host, news anchor, newspaper, magazine and media outlet mentioned Trump on an almost daily basis.

The free press Trump received far surpassed the mentions of Hillary Clinton throughout the entire election. Whether good, or bad, Trump was on the minds of the American people and we have social media to thank.

As the results were being read, many pointed to the fact that this election would “rewrite the history books.” Its ramifications will reverberate throughout the future of political campaigns.

Trump was able to activate an untapped voter base. In the same way, golf courses can use social media to tap into golfers who have considered taking up the game, but haven’t yet.

In every debate, Facebook and Twitter were mentioned – they even had a selfie spot at my polling place.

Donald Trump Social Media for Golf Courses

Those engaging in discussions on Facebook and Twitter permeated news feeds and those who proactively supported or endorsed either candidate influenced our election.

If you’re active on social media you’re an influencer. You have the ability to persuade others to your way of thinking in today’s connected age. If your golf course is active on social media, you have the ability to persuade golfers to choose you over another golf course – OR – to choose golf over another recreational activity.

And when they choose you, you have the ability to generate a “base” of followers who will overwhelmingly support you and your brand. So much so, that they’ll take to Twitter, to Facebook and other social channels to tell everyone just how great your golf course is.

Trump demonstrated the power and appeal of reaching the masses. If you’re not using social media you have zero influence on those people using it. If you use social media, you have the potential to tap into thousands of people on a daily basis to convince them to play golf at your golf course.

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Southern California Charity Golf Classic Funds Distributed to Charities at Noon on Wednesday at the Chino Rotary Club

Everyone is invited to attend the distribution of checks to the participating charities (those in attendance) in the Southern California Charity Golf Classic this Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Chino Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Noon at the Chino Community Building located at:

5443 B St, Chino, CA 91710
The funds will be distributed as follows:
  • Chino Rotary Club will receive $2,357.23
    • $650 from the Chino Rotary Club will go to the Ayala Boys & Girls Golf program for their help working on the day of the Southern California Charity Golf Classic.
  • Love Them All Foundation will receive $1,932.50
  • Boys Republic will receive $1,932.50
  • Priceless Pets Rescue will receive $1,890.03
  • The Let It Be Foundation will receive $1,720.13
  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation will receive $1,550.25

I will also be bringing the golf shirts for those of you that ordered them. If you’re there, I’ll be able to give you your golf shirts. If not, I’ll be mailing/delivering them this week.

Correction $12,002.64 Raised!

Thank you to everyone involved in putting on this golf tournament. We’re proud to announce that we raised $12,002.64 for local charities.

In giving our final tally we forgot to include money that Boys Republic and the Love Them All Foundation sold in Helicopter Drop tickets which went directly to them. Boys Republic raised $410 in Helicopter Drop tickets and the Love Them All Foundation raised $210 in Helicopter Drop tickets raising our total money raised for the event from $11,382.64 to 12,002.64.

The Breakdown

When signing up for the golf tournament online, you were given the option to choose which charity you’d like to support most for the golf tournament.

50% of the money raised from our golf tournament was split amongst the participating charities and the other 50% was divided based on the charities you chose to support.

23 golfers chose to support the Chino Rotary Club, 13 golfers chose to support the Love Them All Foundation, 13 golfers chose to support Boys Republic, 12 golfers chose to support Priceless Pets, 8 golfers chose to support The Let It Be Foundation and 4 golfers chose to support Chino Valley Fire. 61 golfers chose to have their funds evenly distributed amongst the participating charities.

  • Chino Rotary Club will receive $2,357.23
    • $650 from the Chino Rotary Club will go to the Ayala Boys & Girls Golf program for their help working on the day of the Southern California Charity Golf Classic.
  • Love Them All Foundation will receive $1,932.50
  • Boys Republic will receive $1,932.50
  • Priceless Pets Rescue will receive $1,890.03
  • The Let It Be Foundation will receive $1,720.13
  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation will receive $1,550.25

Would love to get your feedback and thoughts on our efforts. Please leave your comments on our Facebook group page. Link is below . . .

Thank You for Supporting Local Charities

Sorry it’s taken so long to gather the amount raised for the Southern California Charity Golf Classic. We were still waiting on a few bills before we could give the final assessment.

I’m so proud of our team of organizers who helped put this golf tournament on. Thank you to Belinda Douglas, Dana Godfrey, Jan Edwards, Karon Mulligan, Lynnette Brown, Mark Bozek, Rick Bui, Ron Capps and Gary Christman for organizing our golf tournament this year.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Eagle Sponsor: SKC Company
  • Birdie Sponsors: The ESV Group Inc; KKW Trucking; Insurance & Surety Services, LLC; Foddrill Construction Corp.; Chino Valley Fire District and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Par Sponsors: Scott Foties, LPL Financial; Apollo Insurance Services; Los Portales; Ecko Products Group; Waste Management
  • Tee Sign Sponsors: REALiTEE Golf; Chino Commercial Bank; Edwards-Swift & Associates; New York Pizzeria, MK Smith Chevrolet and Roscoes Famous Deli

Golf Shirts

I have the golf shirts for everyone who ordered them on the day of the golf tournament. I will be delivering them and/or mailing them out soon.

Thank you all for everything!

Zeb

For the Community

This year we have selected some amazing charities to support at the SCCGC. Each of them provides a great service that really does so much to make the Chino Valley a wonderful place. Each of them also has passionate, caring and dedicated people that give so much of their time, knowledge and energy into improving our community.

  • Boys Republic – To give adolescent youth with behavioral, educational, and emotional difficulties an opportunity to achieve their maximum potential for responsible, self-directed life within the community.

  • Chino Rotary Club – To connect leaders within the community, exchange ideas about how to make a positive impact in the community where we work and/or live, and put those ideas into action.

  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation – To promote life, safety, and welfare of the public through educational programs, direct assistance, and financial support of charitable organizations, victims of tragic events, and injured firefighters.

  • Love Them All Foundation – To help children & adults with disabilities play organized sports and participate in social activities.

  • Priceless Pets – To rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats.

  • The Let It Be Foundation – To provide support and services to families of children diagnosed with life-threatening pediatric illnesses, thereby restoring the sense of normalcy in the home environment.

Find out more about these organizations on the SCCGC website, click here.

In Honor of Gary Christman

Here is Gary Christman at the first Southern California Charity Golf Classic. He delivered drinks and food to golfers during the tournament and planned to do the same this year. From the very beginning he was one of the biggest supporters of the tournament. In May, Gary passed away.

He was an excellent father, husband, friend, and community member who loved golf. He made great contributions to developing local junior golf and Ayala High School golf. We will always remember his kind heart and his smile which took over his whole face. Rest in peace.

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Set Up Automatic Posting On Your Social Media Accounts – And How To Do It Anyways

Before I tell you how to set up automatic posting for all your golf course social media accounts, let me tell you why you absolutely should NOT do it:

  1. It Screams Inauthenticity: To engage in social media effectively, you need to use each channel as it was intended. Posting the same exact message on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest will tell your followers that you’re not engaging with anyone, you’re just blasting out a message. Remember, the key word in social media is “SOCIAL.” If you think socially and interact with your followers you’re much more likely to connect with golfers and encourage them to play your golf course more often.
  2. Social Media Channels Will Limit Your Reach: Facebook and other social media channels have become more sophisticated in identifying when a third party tool like HootSuite is posting to your golf courses Facebook page on your behalf. As a result, they will make sure your posts show up less than if you posted them directly inside of Facebook.
  3. Your Message Won’t Look Right: Each social media channel operates differently than the others. Instagram and Twitter are #Hashtag heavy, while Facebook and LinkedIn are not. Twitter can only post 140 characters at a time. When you share blog articles each platform pulls different website data to automatically populate the posts. Each social media channel has its own socially acceptable behavior. When you set up automatic posting for your golf course, you’re failing to reach your audience in the way they’d like to be reached.
  4. You’ll Miss Out: If you only post in third party apps, you’ll miss out on opportunities that come from operating organically in each one of those social media pages. When logging into your accounts directly on your various social media channels you’ll be able to conduct outreach in those channels. If you’re relying solely on getting a message out there, you are missing out on opportunities to build connections and collaborate with other referral sources, golfers, local businesses, and your community.
  5. Neglect Advertising Opportunities: The advertising feature in each social media platform operates differently too. As more and more consumers flock to social media, these social media channels will require more and more advertising to reach target audiences. If you’ve seen your Facebook reach lately you have probably realized that Facebook only shows each post to a small percentage of those who have liked your page. Spending money on social media advertising is an extremely affordable and effective way to reach your target audience. Use of an automatic posting tool will not help you identify advertising opportunities within the various social media channels.

Zeb Welborn, Michael Lautenbach, Cameron Carr, Amy Spittle, CGCOA, California Golf Course Owner's Association, Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Although I recommend not setting up automatic posting, it’s better than nothing. Realistically, posting on social media is time consuming and posting organically inside of each social media platform may not be feasible. For those of you that are interested, I’ll share with you some of the top tools to set up automatic posting for your social media channels.

  1. HootSuite
  2. TweetDeck
  3. Buffer
  4. SproutSocial
  5. HubSpot
  6. Social Oomph
  7. Social Flow

Of the previous tools listed, I’ve only used HootSuite and TweetDeck. Each one operates a little bit differently and has unique features. If you’re looking to automate your social media postings these tools are a great place to start.

If at all possible, avoid automatic posting to your social media channels.

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2016 SCCGC Results Are In: $11,382.64 Raised for Charity

Thank You for Supporting Local Charities

Sorry it’s taken so long to gather the amount raised for the Southern California Charity Golf Classic. We were still waiting on a few bills before we could give the final assessment.

I’m so proud of our team of organizers who helped put this golf tournament on. Thank you to Belinda Douglas, Dana Godfrey, Jan Edwards, Karon Mulligan, Lynnette Brown, Mark Bozek, Rick Bui, Ron Capps and Gary Christman for organizing our golf tournament this year.

Southern California Charity Golf Classic Organizers

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Eagle Sponsor: SKC Company
  • Birdie Sponsors: The ESV Group Inc; KKW Trucking; Insurance & Surety Services, LLC; Foddrill Construction Corp.; Chino Valley Fire District and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Par Sponsors: Scott Foties, LPL Financial; Apollo Insurance Services; Los Portales; Ecko Products Group; Waste Management
  • Tee Sign Sponsors: REALiTEE Golf; Chino Commercial Bank; Edwards-Swift & Associates; New York Pizzeria, MK Smith Chevrolet and Roscoes Famous Deli

$11,382.64 Raised!

Thank you to everyone involved in putting on this golf tournament. We’re proud to announce that we raised $11,382.64 for local charities.

The Breakdown

When signing up for the golf tournament online, you were given the option to choose which charity you’d like to support most for the golf tournament.

50% of the money raised from our golf tournament was split amongst the participating charities and the other 50% was divided based on the charities you chose to support.

23 golfers chose to support the Chino Rotary Club, 13 golfers chose to support the Love Them All Foundation, 13 golfers chose to support Boys Republic, 12 golfers chose to support Priceless Pets, 8 golfers chose to support The Let It Be Foundation and 4 golfers chose to support Chino Valley Fire. 61 golfers chose to have their funds evenly distributed amongst the participating charities.

  • Chino Rotary Club will receive $2,357.23
    • $650 from the Chino Rotary Club will go to the Ayala Boys & Girls Golf program for their help working on the day of the Southern California Charity Golf Classic.
  • Love Them All Foundation will receive $1,932.50
  • Boys Republic will receive $1,932.50
  • Priceless Pets Rescue will receive $1,890.03
  • The Let It Be Foundation will receive $1,720.13
  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation will receive $1,550.25

Would love to get your feedback and thoughts on our efforts. Please leave your comments on our Facebook group page. Link is below . . .

Golf Shirts

I have the golf shirts for everyone who ordered them on the day of the golf tournament. I will be delivering them and/or mailing them out soon.

Thank you all for everything!

Zeb

For the Community

This year we have selected some amazing charities to support at the SCCGC. Each of them provides a great service that really does so much to make the Chino Valley a wonderful place. Each of them also has passionate, caring and dedicated people that give so much of their time, knowledge and energy into improving our community.

  • Boys Republic – To give adolescent youth with behavioral, educational, and emotional difficulties an opportunity to achieve their maximum potential for responsible, self-directed life within the community.

  • Chino Rotary Club – To connect leaders within the community, exchange ideas about how to make a positive impact in the community where we work and/or live, and put those ideas into action.

  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation – To promote life, safety, and welfare of the public through educational programs, direct assistance, and financial support of charitable organizations, victims of tragic events, and injured firefighters.

  • Love Them All Foundation – To help children & adults with disabilities play organized sports and participate in social activities.

  • Priceless Pets – To rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats.

  • The Let It Be Foundation – To provide support and services to families of children diagnosed with life-threatening pediatric illnesses, thereby restoring the sense of normalcy in the home environment.

Find out more about these organizations on the SCCGC website, click here.

In Honor of Gary Christman

Here is Gary Christman at the first Southern California Charity Golf Classic. He delivered drinks and food to golfers during the tournament and planned to do the same this year. From the very beginning he was one of the biggest supporters of the tournament. In May, Gary passed away.

He was an excellent father, husband, friend, and community member who loved golf. He made great contributions to developing local junior golf and Ayala High School golf. We will always remember his kind heart and his smile which took over his whole face. Rest in peace.

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Check-In Details for the Southern California Charity Golf Classic on Friday, July 29

Check-In Begins at 11:30am on Friday, July 29

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Southern California Charity Golf Classic this year. Check-In will begin at 11:30am at Los Serranos Country Club.

With Your Entry into the Southern California Charity Golf Classic, All Participants Will Receive:

  • Golf with Cart
  • Range Balls
  • Tri-Tip and Chicken Dinner
  • Entry into On Course Contests:
    • Long Drive Contest on Hole #1 (Winner to Receive Rounds of Golf)
    • Closest to the Pin Contest on Hole #2 (Winner to Receive Rounds of Golf)
    • Hole-in-One Car Prize Contest on Hole #6
  • Comedy from Mel Austin
  • Magic from Derek Nakawatase

Lunch will NOT be included, so please plan accordingly. (Los Serranos Country Club has some great options for lunch).

Additionally, we will be running several other on course contests and opportunities including:

  • Double or Nothing on Hole #2
  • Integra Golf Contest on Hole #10
  • Money Hole on Hole #17
  • Gary Christman Memorial Putting Contest
  • Helicopter Drop
  • Tee It Closer Advantage
  • Mulligans

One issue that arose last year was many people who signed up for the Putting Contest weren’t able to participate because they ran out of time. So, if you plan on participating in the Putting Contest, get there early.

Goodie Bag items are donated from:

  • Ecko Products Group
  • REALiTEE Golf
  • Southern California Edison
  • Tahoe Joe’s
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • KIND Bars
  • Rocky Welborn
  • Sam’s Club
  • SKC Company
  • Roger Dunn

Opportunity Drawing & Auction Items

  • MK Smith Chevrolet
  • Integra Golf Clubs
  • Zeb Welborn
  • Los Serranos Country Club
  • Strawberry Farms Golf Course
  • Robinson Ranch Golf Course
  • Desert Island Golf Course
  • Rocky Welborn
  • Roscoes Famous Deli
  • Tahoe Joe’s
  • Lillestrand Leadership
  • Los Portales
  • The Shoppes at Chino Hills
  • Blue Fire Grill
  • US Bank
  • Los Portales
  • Papachinos
  • The Let It Be Foundation
  • Southern California Edison
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Dana Godfrey
  • Boys Republic
  • Priceless Pet Rescue
  • KKW Trucking
  • Diamonds & Design
  • Smart and Final
  • Capriana Chino Hills
  • New York Pizzeria

And last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all of our sponsors this year. Please take the time to familiarize yourselves with our great sponsors and support them in any way you can.

Thank you all for your support of:

  • Boys Republic
  • Chino Rotary Club
  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation
  • Love Them All Foundation
  • Priceless Pets
  • The Let It Be Foundation
 
Reserve Your Tee Time – $149
ONLY $99 IF YOU BUY BEFORE JULY 29!
Your Tee Time will reserve your spot in the tournament, enter you into on-course contests, provide you a tasty tri tip and chicken dinner with dessert, get you a great seat for auctions and award presentations, and a bag full of goodies. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM

Become a Sponsor

We have a number of awesome sponsorship opportunities available. Click here to find out how you can become a sponsor!

Dinner Only – $36
If you aren’t much of a golfer, or if you recently had shoulder surgery, or if you won’t be able to make your tee time, you can still join us for a delicious tri tip and chicken dinner with dessert at Los Serranos Country Club. Your spot at a dinner table will give you a great seat to join in our raffles and auctions.

Nix the Golf – $125
If you want to give back to the community and help us reach our goal this package is for you. Feel a part of the tournament with our Nix the Golf Package and receive a high-quality hat, shirt, and towel with the Southern California Charity Golf Classic Logo. Plus, promote yourself, your business, or your organization in one of our contests where the winner will also receive a hat, a shirt, and a towel with the logo.

For the Community

This year we have selected some amazing charities to support at the SCCGC. Each of them provides a great service that really does so much to make the Chino Valley a wonderful place. Each of them also has passionate, caring and dedicated people that give so much of their time, knowledge and energy into improving our community.

  • Boys Republic – To give adolescent youth with behavioral, educational, and emotional difficulties an opportunity to achieve their maximum potential for responsible, self-directed life within the community.

  • Chino Rotary Club – To connect leaders within the community, exchange ideas about how to make a positive impact in the community where we work and/or live, and put those ideas into action.

  • Chino Valley Fire District Foundation – To promote life, safety, and welfare of the public through educational programs, direct assistance, and financial support of charitable organizations, victims of tragic events, and injured firefighters.

  • Love Them All Foundation – To help children & adults with disabilities play organized sports and participate in social activities.

  • Priceless Pets – To rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats.

  • The Let It Be Foundation – To provide support and services to families of children diagnosed with life-threatening pediatric illnesses, thereby restoring the sense of normalcy in the home environment.

Find out more about these organizations on the SCCGC website, click here.

Photos From Last Year’s Event

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In Honor of Gary Christman

Here is Gary Christman at the first Southern California Charity Golf Classic. He delivered drinks and food to golfers during the tournament and planned to do the same this year. From the very beginning he was one of the biggest supporters of the tournament. In May, Gary passed away.

He was an excellent father, husband, friend, and community member who loved golf. He made great contributions to developing local junior golf and Ayala High School golf. We will always remember his kind heart and his smile which took over his whole face. Rest in peace.

Sign up now to join the fun and help raise over 12k for local charities.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the Southern California Charity Golf Classic. Email Zeb Welborn at Zeb@WelbornMedia.com.

Last year, the money we raised went to:

  • Boys Republic: The money raised for Boys Republic will be going towards their new Culinary Kitchen project. The boys will not only learn the Culinary Arts but also how to be confident in a restaurant setting and help prepare them to become Chefs.  Boys Republic is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters. Since its founding in 1907, it has guided more than 30,000 at-risk teenage boys and girls toward productive, fulfilling lives.

  • The Let It Be Foundation: The Let It Be Foundation cares for an entire family, not just their sick child during the length of medical treatment. A family’s income level is not a qualifying factor to determine if they are eligible. Without love and encouragement, the disease can become the focus of their existence.

  • Wounded Warrior Project: Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001.

  • Bark for Life: The Bark For Life movement offers an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.

  • House of Ruth: House of Ruth’s mission is two-fold: (1) To advocate for and assist women and children victimized by domestic violence and children exposed to violence in transforming their lives by providing culturally competent shelter, programs, opportunities, and education; and (2) To contribute to social change through intervention, education, prevention programs and community awareness.

  • Salvation Army: The money raised for The Salvation Army went towards food to feed the homeless and impoverished community for their Wednesday hot dinner.

  • Corona Firefighters Benevolent Fund: The money we raised when to support Tayvin J. Sheridan. Tayvin was born August 5, 2011, six weeks premature with a hypoplastic right heart and an underdeveloped right arm, right ear and right side facial paralysis. He has received physical therapy since he was 10 weeks old and has undergone two major heart surgeries. Tayvin recently realized his “little ear” is not “normal”. The money we raised went towards his ear reconstructive surgery. He will also have a heart bypass in 2016 and numerous prosthetic arms in his future. Tayvin has made tremendous progress and has become such a smart, active and strong toddler. His determination is a true inspiration to watch.

  • California Scholastic Press Association: The money raised for the California Scholastic Press Association has been earmarked to help pay for a student from the Inland Empire to attend the CSPA Workshop. The CSPA hasn’t had many students from the area, but some financial assistance would make it easier for a budding journalist to attend.

  • Chino Rotary Club: The Chino Rotary Club donated funds to four students from the Share Your Passion Scholarship and to the Ayala Golf Program.
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19th Hole Media’s Top 10 List of 2015

At the end of the year, the 19th Hole Media team gets together to reflect on our successes and failures throughout the year. This meeting gives us an opportunity to fine-tune our direction and set new goals for the upcoming year.  These are the Top 10 things we accomplished in 2015.

Top 10 of 2015

10. Share Your Passion Scholarships

scholarshipsSince starting the Share Your Passion Scholarships in 2012, we’ve awarded scholarships to 17 deserving students. We have kept in contact with many scholarship winners and are still inspired by them. They continue to work towards following their passions and helping better the lives of others. This year we awarded 3 Share Your Passion Scholarships and gave out our first Student of the Year Scholarship Award to one of the hardest working students at The Tutoring Solution.

9. TV Appearance

11080661_10206382881436017_7712058961091484299_oZeb appeared on the Golf Life Video Channel for Fox Sports WEST. It was pretty darn cool to get on television.

8. Joined the Rotary Club

10984121_10154042856538840_6714998264776580589_nZeb was inducted into the Chino Rotary Club by Melinda Robbins, Dale Bright, and Steven Bremer. The Chino Rotary Club has been serving the Chino Valley since 1925. San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman spoke and my wife, Cindy, mom, Annie, and dad, Larry were all in attendance.

7. Speaking Engagements

zeb-speakingzeb-at-NGCOAOne of the things we enjoy most is educating others on growing their business. This year Zeb spoke with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, Baldy View ROP, Small Business Summit, the California Golf Course Owners Association and the Golf Inc. Summit.

Topics for Zeb’s Speaking Engagements were:

  • Internet Marketing Strategies
  • Marketing with Facebook
  • How to Turn Your Business Into a Social Business
  • Marketing with LinkedIn
  • Marketing with Twitter
  • Social Media for Golf Courses
  • Innovative Marketing Tactics for Public Courses

6. #GolfChat

At the beginning of this year Zeb started #GolfChat. #GolfChat is a Twitter chat which happens every Tuesday at 5PM PST where some of the greatest minds in the golf industry come together to talk golf. #GolfChat has grown drastically since the beginning of the year and is a trending topic on Twitter every Tuesday. We’ve met so many amazing and passionate people working to grow golf.  A highlight of #GolfChat in 2015 was when professional golfer, Natalie Gulbis surprised #GolfChatters by giving away free tickets to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

5. Awards and Accolades

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 11.10.01 AMIt’s always nice to be recognized for the hard work you do. This year we were extremely grateful to receive a few unexpected awards:

4. Southern California Charity Golf Classic

11207321_10101061535855630_6436920246785791462_nWe hosted the 1st Annual Southern California Charity Golf Classic to raise money for several worthy charities on July 17 at Los Serranos Country Club.

With help from many in our community, the tournament helped raise $7,597.81 for charity.

We distributed the money to several charities including: Bark for Life, Boys Republic, California Scholastic Press Association, Chino Rotary, Corona Firefighters Benevolent Fund, House of Ruth, The Let It Be Foundation, Salvation Army, Share Your Passion Scholarship, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

We had such a great time with this, we’re planning on running it again in 2016!

3. Chairman of the Board at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

11755429_1665688123649805_2385826912900505227_nOn July 27, Zeb was installed as Chairman of the Board for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Becoming the Chairman of the Board has given Zeb an opportunity to help make local business owners more successful.

During his term of office, he set five goals to work towards in 2015/2016:

  • connect and work with other local business-related organizations
  • collaborate more with organizations that work to educate business owners
  • encourage and promote the involvement of young business owners in our community
  • enhance our use of technology
  • focus more on giving back

2. Lacey Gets Married

11934520_10101096973568170_4628964527126702956_o10339951_10208018878287700_1976316121632257612_nIn August this year Lacey got married to Ryan Bernholtz at a fun wedding in Santa Ana, CA.

In June, Lacey’s twin brother, Rocky married Megan Hutchinson at a beautiful wedding in Corona, CA.

Truly a notable year for the Welborn Family and there was another addition to family this year…

#1. Birth of Sebastian Welborn-De La Torre

monsterbashSebastian Welborn-De La Torre was born on Friday, November 13th at 9:52pm in Ontario at 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

Sebastian is a happy, healthy, and super cute baby.

Zeb says it’s awesome being a dad.


Thank you all for everything!  We hope you all have an amazing 2016.

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How We Generated at Least $936 from One Golf Course Facebook Post

In November, we ran a golf course Facebook contest at a client golf course which we highlighted in a blog post we wrote titled, How to Run a Facebook Contest for Golf Courses: A Case Study.  The contest, which reached 2,976 golfers and had 409 people engage in the post, was won by Art Franco, who said he never played our clients golf course before.

Facebook Marketing for Golf Courses

Fast forward to April when Art Franco won another contest at our client golf course.

Facebook Golf Marketing

In five months, Art Franco said he’d played golf nine times at our client course.  Our client charges $52 per round during the week, so Art brought an additional (9 x $52) $468 in increased revenue.

I continued to follow up with Art via the Facebook messaging service and here’s what Art had to say:

Facebook Marketing for Golf Courses

According to Art, every time he played our client course he brought someone different, who had never played the golf course before.  Assuming he only brought one other person each time our one Facebook post can account for (9 x $52 x 2) $936 in increased revenue.  If he brought a foursome each time he played golf, our one golf course Facebook post can account for (9 x $52 x 4) $1,872 in increased revenue.

The Recap

Art had never played our clients’ golf course before.

Art brought at least nine golfers who had never played our clients’ golf course before.

At the minimum, 10 new golfers had been exposed to this “hidden gem.”

Our client course, at the very least, made $936 in increased revenue in a five-month span from one golf course Facebook post.  It’s likely that the actual number of increased revenue from rounds of golf was closer to $1,872 and that’s not even including food and beverage and purchases in the golf shop.

But, it still doesn’t even tell the full story.

The Full Story

Ten new golfers were exposed to this “hidden gem,” if they’re all as enthusiastic about golf as Art is then at least ($936 x 10) $9,360, or if they all brought foursomes, $18,720 could be attributed to this one golf course Facebook post.

In addition to Art’s involvement at our client course, our two contests reached more than 4,299 golfers and had more than 832 people respond to them.

Lastly, all of this happened within a span of five months.  When you calculate the lifetime value of these new customers from this one golf course Facebook post, what would that number be?  Could you do this daily?  How much revenue could you generate from using Facebook effectively?

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