The First Hurdle
As soon as the idea for 100in100.ca was born (as with any large scale challenge) hurdles to its success start to become apparent – guess that is why we call them challenges. One of the first hurdles that came to mind: ‘getting permission to play at each of the 54 private courses on the list’.
It was not so much the process of getting an invitation that was the hurdle (i have played private courses in the past and all it takes is having a connection with a member) the challenge would be getting connected to a member at each of the 54 courses across Canada.
Connections are Key
So I started looking at the list of private clubs and thinking ‘who do I know already’? Through living & working in Vancouver I had the 3 local clubs covered, but how would I make connections further afield? My first thought was: ” I used to work at Deloitte and they have offices across Canada, plus accountants are often members of private clubs or know those who are”. So I figured that I could probably knock most clubs off the list via the process of reaching out to my connections for their connections – time consuming but i felt ultimately it would be successful.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get
Before I had really started to pursue the Deloitte path, I had another one of my ‘in the shower’ Eureka moments one morning. My Dad always said “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” so I decided there was nothing to lose by just asking the clubs for an invite; the worst they could say is “No”.
So I did just that and sent an email to one of the GM/Head Pro/Director at each club, 54 emails in total. The response was amazing!!! Over the next week I received 22 invites, phenomenally positive feedback about 100in100.ca and offers of help with The Challenge. It is a very humbling experience when those who have never met you offer to help – it was a special feeling and one that will stay with me forever.
The importance of getting ‘official support’
The math geniuses among you have already worked out that that still means that 32 private clubs didn’t extend an invite. Some clubs (as you would expect) had reservations, they wanted assurances that 100in100.ca was a genuine ‘charitable’ event – fair enough.
So I committed to getting the ‘official’ support of the Mike Weir Foundation to boost the credibility of 100in100.ca. It was quite the process but I did achieve it in early 2013.
I will be re-approaching the private clubs (who didn’t respond to the initials email) now that I have the official support; I will also be approaching all the public courses too and will post an update about how that goes at a later date.