Mike Tait of SMT Events

Our guest this episode of The Chicago Golf Report podcast is the founder of SMT Events, Mike Tait. Whether golfers are shooting at thousands of dollars of cash, playing blackjack on the tee or firing his trademark Golf Cannon, Mike Tait has helped golf events raise over $24 million for charities since 2009.

After a highly successful career as a PGA professional and a golf club manufacturer, Mike Tait has made it his mission to turn the charity golf outing business upside down. With some of the most innovative, entertaining and profitable games and services to help golf outings, he’s quite simply the most experienced, most successful golf fundraiser in the North America.

In this interview we discuss:

  • How he has helped raise $24 million for charity through golf outings.
  • The personal tragedy that inspired him to focus on golf event fundraising.
  • Why golf is the biggest charitable impact sport in the United States, bigger than baseball, football, and basketball combined.
  • The most common challenge for charity golf outings.
  • Whether golf outing managers should focus on getting sponsorships or donations.
  • The tool all charity golf outings should use to make it easy for people to participate.
  • Why real-time electronic scoring and music in golf carts can hurt donations during an event.
  • Mike’s least-favorite part of a golf outing.
  • His favorite memory from a charity golf outing that he’ll never forget.

Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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