As I've written before, I am not the most consistent golfer. In fact, the only thing consistent about my game is that someone, most likely myself, will get injured in the process of making it around 18 holes, and there will be an impressive display of profanity muttered throughout the match.
So, I'm left to wonder if playing golf at night with a glow-in-the-dark golf ball would hurt, or actually help my game?
On one hand, it's hard enough to hit that tiny little ball in broad daylight, let alone aiming at a small glowing spot in the darkness. But on the other hand, maybe it would be easier to find my ball once it is a glowing spot in the shrubbery/rough/lake/tree, rather than an irritatingly non-iridescent one hiding under something?
In its 12th year, the tournament pits golfers against the darkness, or maybe it's better to say against their own night vision. Participants on teams of four golf the first nine holes in the daylight, teeing off at 6 p.m. Pretty standard fare. But then things get interesting.
After the front nine, golfers will break for dinner—which has been donated by Smoky Davis. Once their bellies are filled with delicious smoked meats and assorted goodies, they will return to the golf course, this time under the cloak of darkness.
Armed with glow-in-the-dark golf balls, players will attempt to play an additional five holes.
"If people haven't tried hitting a glow-in-the-dark golf ball it's ... challenging," said Emily Kovarik, spokesperson for Parks and Rec. "We recommend people bring flashlights."
Kovarik laughed as she said teams are spaced out a little more once night play begins, in an effort to avoid any unfortunate accidents.
But whacking a glowing golf ball around a course in the middle of the night is more than just warped fun, the event is actually a fundraiser for Park and Rec's Adventure Program, which designs and organizes outdoor adventures and social activities for adults and children with physical disabilities.
Each year, roughly 1,000 people take part in the program, which includes everything from waterskiing and camping trips to dance classes. Money raised through the moonlight golf tournament goes to support scholarships for both adults and youths. Typically, the event raises between $2,000 and $4,000 for the program, Kovarik said.
The scramble-style tournament costs $55 per person, which includes green fees, dinner, drink tickets and a golf cart, as well as door prizes. Teams of up to four players are welcome, and individual players will be matched with each other. There is room for up to 15 teams, but registration will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition to welcoming golfers, Kovarik said she is looking for donations of goods and services for a raffle, as well as corporate sponsorship for each hole of the course for $100 per hole.
Winners (survivors) of the tournament will receive "a small prize," but more importantly bragging rights. Of course, whether you brag that you can master a golf course, daylight or no, or you that you golf better in the dark is up to you.
To register for the Moonlight Golf Tournament, stop by the Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, or call 208-384-4486.