I don't see it this way at all. I am more than happy to pay a lot more than $25 entry and have no players pack whatsoever as long as:
The course is high quality
The tournament is ran well
There are enough competitors to warrent the amount required for entry
The competitors are high quality and competitive
There are appropriate trophies
The payouts are an appropriate amount of cash
So for a tour 20 man tournament on an average course with a low level of competition relative to an A-tier, I would enjoy the tournament most if it was a 10-15$ entry with maybe some small plaques and a cash payout to maybe the top 4.
If it is a charity or fund raising tournament all of that is out the window.