Who says you need good weather for a game of Golf? In the U.P., locals learned a long time ago that you can either hate winter or find ways to enjoy it, but neither attitude will change the reality, so why not make the most of it! When it comes to winter, it seems like the crazier the idea, the more fun it is, and St. Ignace took that to heart 34 years ago when they started the Ice Golf Scramble and Glow Ball Challenge.
“This event is really fun because it draws a crowd of folks who are as fun-loving as they are adventure-seeking. We have lots of return teams because it’s just a wild, random, fun little weekend to beat the winter blues,” says Events Director Quincy Ranville.
Start the weekend off on Friday, March 6th with a Cheboygan Brewery Tap Takeover at local bars and restaurants and try your hand at the Glow Ball Challenge; shooting a glow in the dark golf ball at a target, in the dark, on the ice, and hoping the shot is good. Winner gets a Mackinac Bridge tower tour!
“The Glow Ball Challenge is exactly as the name says, challenging,” says Event Coordinator Mark Sposito, “there is absolutely no talent involved, what works once will never work again. That’s what makes it fun though, being “good” at golf has no bearing so everyone just has a no pressure, good time”
On Saturday, March 7th, take to the green (or rather “white”) on a 9-hole course on frozen Lake Huron with a view of the Mackinac Bridge. If ice is good, your second 9 will be on the bay overlooking downtown St. Ignace and Mackinac Island (if not, you play the first 9 again). Then rest your tired feet afterwards with some live Irish music from some Michigan Irish bands throughout downtown and sample some traditional U.P. fare.
So if you’re on the lookout for something to help break of the winter blues, look no further than the Ice Golf Scramble & Glow Ball Challenge. Learn more and register at the event website. Special thanks to event sponsor Kewadin Shores Casino.