Saturday, September 11, 2004

It's dark, it's raining, I'm drinking -- and we're playing golf - Glowball @ The Plateau Club

Rick, Paul and I were joined by our wives last night for the Plateau Club "glow ball" event. This is where we play an alternating shot scramble at night with glow in the dark balls. Sounds like fun! Just to make it more challenging, though, we started drinking at dinner just before the event and then -- on the third hole, the skies opened up and it started pouring rain. We were at 2 over after 4 holes when it started to back up. Standing around and waiting in the rain in the middle of the night sucks, so we bagged it and walked back to the clubhouse but it was actually quite fun.

They had said there would be "plenty" of glow balls but it was not long before the Plateau took it's ball tax and we were down to just 2 balls. When we are supposed to be hitting 3 balls for each shot, that makes it a little more difficult. Fortunately, one of us would usually top a shot and we could retrieve it pretty easily. It is amazing, though, how playing in the dark was not as bad as I though it would be. I had several very good 3 wood shots, my irons were a bit tougher but when you can't see how the clubface is aligned, it is harder to hit it straight. Rick's putting was on in the dark. He has been complaining about not being able to read greens and when he couldn't read them at all due to darkness, he made a lot more putts, including our birdie putt on 2.

If it hadn't been pouring rain, and if we had had enough balls to just play, this would have been a great event. As it was, we had fun and it was certainly memorable! Now I need to go and play the same course in the daylight. Perhaps I'll just close my eyes....

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