Golf With a Purpose

By: Lisa

Golf tournaments can be the bread and butter for many nonprofits hoping to raise vital funding for their operations. These events check all the boxes: fun for the participants, lucrative for the organizer and just plain feel-good for everyone involved, whether or not your game is on point.

Despite their immense popularity, pulling off a charity golf tournament requires quite a bit of organization. From choosing the right golf course to organizing an event with multiple teams to putting together prizes, there are a number of moving parts.

Realities for Children has run their Realities Cup golf tournament for 16 years. Last year’s event, attended by 136 golfers plus banquet guests and volunteers, raised a net of over $38,000.

“For us, the diversity of our fundraising efforts allows us to speak to different parts of our community about our mission and the needs of the children we serve,” says Executive Director Craig Secher. “A golf tournament is another demographic we have the opportunity to invite to be involved…and a golf tournament is a great deal of fun. Our guests and sponsors are wonderful people we look forward to sharing the day with every year.”

Ptarmigan Country Club is Realities’ golf course of choice. “They are longtime supporters, members and donors that truly care for the children we serve,” says Secher. “They go above and beyond in making it a great event experience and it is one of the most beautiful courses in the area for our guests to enjoy.”

While organizing a large golf event is not easy, Secher says it is less labor-intensive than their annual Realities Ride. However, “there is a great deal of care in making this a first-class experience for our guests and donors from the moment they arrive through course of play and enjoying the banquet.” New this year, Realities is celebrating their 25th anniversary in Larimer County. Attendees can look forward to seeing the impact they have made on the lives of children over the last 16 years through their participation in the annual fundraiser.

Here is a listing of some of the top golf fundraisers taking place in Northern Colorado this year. Perhaps your friend group or business can create a foursome and get in on the action?

The following dates were accurate at press time. Please check in with the organizer in case of a date change.

June 5 – Tee Off For Kids Golf Tournament, Mariana Butte Golf Course, benefitting the Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation.

June 8 – 38th Annual NCMC Foundation Golf Tournament, Greeley Country Club, benefitting NCMC Foundation’s Heart Safe City program.

June 19 – 8th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Mariana Butte Golf Course, benefitting Loveland Chamber of Commerce.
June 22 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County’s Annual Golf Tournament, TPC Colorado, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

June 29 – CSU Real Estate Golf Tournament, Harmony Club, benefitting the Everitt Real Estate Center and real estate students at CSU.

July 13 – Realities Cup 2020, Ptarmigan Country Club, benefitting Realities for Children.


July 27 – 24th Annual Prairie Dog Classic Golf Tournament, Greeley Country Club, benefitting Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce.

August 10 – 2020 Spartan Scholarship Golf Tournament, Mariana Butte Golf Course, creating scholarships for Berthoud High School students.

August 15 – 2020 Northern Colorado Tough Enough to Wear Pink Loveland Tournament, Mariana Butte, benefitting breast cancer patients in Northern Colorado.

August 31 – Chipping Fore Charities, Fort Collins Country Club, benefitting ChildSafe, Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (F.R.E.E.), Coats & Boots, The Namaqua Center, The Center for Family Outreach and Partners Mentoring Youth.

August 31 – UCHealth Northern Colorado Golf Classic, TPC Colorado, benefitting trauma services in Northern Colorado.