It’s a new take on a company outing
Getting a large group to the golf course for a company tournament often takes months of planning, seeking sponsors, prizes, and forming teams. Scheduling is always an issue and blocking off a whole day or even a weekend feels like a big commitment. Alternatively, a round of night golf is akin to planning a company happy hour. Everyone is free to join in after work, no need to set teams ahead of time. The timeframe can be a couple hours on a weeknight and the atmosphere casual.
Night golf provides plenty of room for friendly competition. 2 on 2 teams can come prepared with different colors of LED glow balls and even get decked out in glow necklaces or bracelets to match. Organizers can add to the spirit of competition by offering free drinks or prizes to the best-dressed duo and keep everyone on their toes by alternating holes between best ball, worst ball, first to green and other games.
Cold Springs Country Club in Cold Springs Harbor New York is a private club that puts on a night golf event for its members each year. It’s a great way to get everyone together and push people out of their comfort zone. Even the most seasoned golfer may be outputted by a beginner when faced with a dark green. The cover of night is a great equalizer and changing the format of a traditional tournament from day to night gives golfers something to look forward to and practice for.
Night golf is a good introduction to the game for beginner golfers and young golfers
A less crowded course combined with the excitement of playing in the dark makes for a laid back atmosphere. Crowded courses and enforcement of golf rules and etiquette can be very intimidating to beginner and young golfers. Playing at night takes away some of that pressure because, well, no one can see you. This is a great chance for learners to get comfortable with the game without the impatient eyes of cartfuls of seasoned pros waiting to play through. Beginners and young golfers can practice getting to know the course at night until they have the confidence and comfortability with the game to hit the same course in the daylight.
The bright aesthetic of night golf is also a great motivator for kids who think golf is boring. It’s like a giant round of mini golf with neon-lit yard markers, green pins, and tee boxes. With all the excitement of their glowing surroundings, kids will be extra motivated to get to the green as quickly as possible. If you are night golfing with kids, consider playing best ball to get them through the course or focus only on putting and give them several different colors of glow in the dark balls once you get to the green. Once they’ve practiced up sinking putts in the dark using the neon pin flags as their guide, night golf is all they’ll be talking about.
It presents a new challenge for the seasoned golfer
Think you know your home course like the back of your hand or can read the green with your eyes closed? Night golf will test you on that. Playing in the dark is a shock to the senses and can make the most familiar of courses seem new and challenging. You’ll have to use your feet instead of your eyes to get a slope for the green and rely on neon-lit yardage markers as opposed to familiar landmarks that can be seen during the day.
It affords you more play time
If what you love is golf, then night golf is a great way to get more of it in your life. Tired of your 8am tee time getting rained out on spring mornings? Reschedule your booking for 8pm or better yet, play twice in one day. This may not go over well with family members who consider such behavior fanatical but when you head to the course after dinner, just take them along. Night golf is a new take on an old favorite that the whole family can enjoy.
It’s a shorter game format
Many clubs choose to set up their night golf courses on par 3 courses. This allows clubs to populate the course with more light and diminish the probability of night golfers losing balls or spending too much time in the dense rough of the larger courses. Heartland Golf Park in Edgewood New York opens up its par 3 night golf course from 6pm to last golfer standing daily. Take advantage of longer, warmer summer days and plan your tee time for dusk. You’ll be finishing just in time to catch the after dinner bar crowd in the clubhouse.
Another benefit of playing a shorter course at an off time, is getting the cheaper price tag to match it. Heartland offers the par 3 night round for just $20 per golfer. Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram sweetens the deal a little bit by offering shotgun style events in which night golfers can get their round of night golf with a cart, 1 glow ball, and 2 drink tickets all for $50. This is a fun, affordable alternative to entering an all day tournament as well as an exciting and unique experience.
It’s an excuse to get a new gear or a unique gift for the golfer that has it all.
Day or night, golfers love their gear. More than gear, they love an excuse to buy new gear. Night golf is that opportunity. Do you need 5 colors of LED glow balls to keep your options open? Of course you do. And glow tees? A non-negotiable. So if you think you or the golf enthusiast in your life has it all, think again. Treat them to a round of night golf complete with some of the matching toys for a priceless, memorable experience that will have them moving their tee times from AM to PM
Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products and the creator of the Night Eagle – the first timer-less glow ball, which has been covered by Golf Digest as well as the PGA Show.