16 Great Golf Trophy Ideas for Your Next Tournament
Written by Mike Noblin

Mike has been involved with sports for over 30 years. He's been an avid golfer for more than 10 years and is obsessed with watching the Golf Channel and taking notes on a daily basis. He also holds a degree in Sports Psychology.

Updated on December 13, 2023

Local golf tournaments and company golf days  – these events are a ton of fun and they’re even more enjoyable if a wide range of golf trophies are handed out.

Not sure what type of individual awards to hand out at your next golf tournament? You’ve come to the right place!

Here are 16 great golf trophy ideas to add a little more spice to your next golf tournament.


1. Tournament Winner

We’ll get the most obvious award out of the way right out of the gate. Depending on the type of tournament you are running, you may need a golf trophy for just one person or an entire foursome of golfers.

Just a simple trophy or plaque with some special engraving on it is a nice touch for the person or group with the lowest score. It’ll give them a memento that they can keep on their desks at work or on their mantles at home.


2. Water Hazard Award

Have a certain golfer that just keeps losing balls in the water?

Consider giving them a fishing pole or a ball finder as a funny award. You could also give them some goggles to help them find all of the balls they hit in the water.

Humor goes a long way to having an enjoyable round of golf.


3. Chipping Award

A lot of golf tournaments have a chipping contest either before or after the event.

Whoever gets closest to the pin from a long distance is declared the winner. A nice award idea for this person would be a new pitching wedge or sand wedge.


4. Bunker Award

Have someone that spends way too much time in the bunkers?

If so, consider giving them a little plastic shovel and a bucket to help them deal with all of their time in the sand. Maybe they can build a sand castle or two while they’re at it.


5. Longest Drive Award

This is a common award but you can decide how to handle it.

A funny award idea would be a Superman t-shirt for the person with the longest drive of the day. If you’re wanting something more formal, trophy cups, plaques, or medallions are always nice.


6. Shortest Drive Award

If you’re giving out an award for the longest drive, you might as well give one out for the shortest drive off the tee.

As a funny gesture, you could give this person a container of protein powder to help them bulk up before the next tournament. Hopefully, they’ll take the fun humor in stride and everyone will get a good laugh out of it.


7. Worst Putter Award

Have someone in your tournament that couldn’t sink even a three-foot putt if their life depended on it?

Think about giving them a gift certificate to play miniature golf. This will not only be a funny gag gift but a way for them to work on their putting.


8. Putting Contest Winner

Just as with the chipping contest, a lot of tournaments also offer a putting contest for all players to enter. The winner could receive a new putter or a free case of new golf balls.


9. Tarzan Award

This is for the golfer that seems to always hit his tee shot into the trees.

You could try to find them a Tarzan t-shirt or even give them a small tree as a memento of their hilarious performance on the golf course. They shouldn’t be left out of the awards ceremony just because they can’t stay in the fairway!


10. Dirtiest Clubs Award

Here’s a fun award that may take a bit of investigating to figure out. Try to find the golfer with the dirtiest golf clubs and golf bag. Get them a golf towel and a bottle of Windex as a hint for them to scrub up their clubs.


11. Closest to the Pin Award

In most golf tournaments, the sponsor will select a certain Par 3 hole on the golf course to hold a closest to the pin contest.

As the name implies, the golfer who hits the ball closest to the hole wins. A good gift could be a small engraved trophy or maybe a couple of new golf gloves.


12. Prize for Last Place Team

Who says that the first place team should get all the love?

How about a funny gift for the team that comes in last place? You could give away tennis rackets to all of the golfers on the last place team as a hint that they should maybe try a new sport.

If you want to go with a more serious gift, maybe give them each a free half-hour golf lesson with the club pro. That would help them perform better at next year’s tournament. Just don’t be shocked if they get some sweet revenge and beat everybody.


13. Best Dressed Award

Here’s an award that isn’t typically given out at golf tournaments but it’s still a neat idea.

Is there a golfer in your tournament that is dressed really sharp? Reward them with a brand new golf shirt.


14. Ugliest Swing Award

Here’s another gag award that may be worth handing out. Look for the person with the most atrocious golf swing and give them a small trophy or medallion for adding some much-needed humor to the golf tournament.


15. Best Beer Drinker Award

Have someone who averages one beer per hole? Give them a handy golf bag cooler and declare them the best beer drinker of the tournament. They’ll definitely appreciate this gift!


16. Raffle Award Winner

At most company golf scrambles, they will give out raffle tickets to each player in the tournament. Gather three to five nice prizes and hand them out to the winners. Here are some good ideas for raffle winners:

  • Golf Umbrella: Any serious golfer will appreciate this prize! It’ll come in handy when those nasty popup showers strike during a round on the golf course. You can usually get a good golf umbrella for somewhere in the $20 to $30 range.
  • Yeti 20 oz Tumbler: Anyone can use a good tumbler and Yeti is the best brand in the business. Golfers will love that they can keep their favorite beverage ice cold no matter how hot it gets on the course. They’ll also be able to keep their coffee warm for those early morning rounds of golf.
  • Golf Shoe Bag: Here’s another practical raffle prize that most golfers will love. Golf shoe bags are fairly inexpensive and will not only hold shoes but accessories like golf balls and tees as well.
  • Golf Hat: Since most golfers wear a hat or a visor, this would make a good raffle prize as well. Consider raffling off one for a man and one for a woman.


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Mike Noblin

Mike has been involved with sports for over 30 years. He's been an avid golfer for more than 10 years and is obsessed with watching the Golf Channel and taking notes on a daily basis. He also holds a degree in Sports Psychology.