Having fun and trying something new are the goals of a unique golf tournament set for Broadmoor Golf Links on Aug. 17.

Playing lights out will take on a whole new meaning for the inaugural Night Golf Tournament, a nine-hole in the dark event that has a shotgun start at 8:15 p.m., or around dusk.

The links layout at the popular Broadmoor course near the airport will be shortened for the four-person captain’s choice event, with the tournament playing most holes from no more than 150 yards.

The very affordable $50 entry fee includes a cart, glow necklaces, music, prizes, a drink ticket, appetizer ticket and glow balls.

With boundaries like water clearly marked by glow sticks, lighted cup holes and flags and the glow balls, players will be able to navigate the course while taking shots in the dark.

Golfers are asked to bring a flashlight and to wear bright colors – and to enjoy the very different way to play the game.

“I’m very familiar with doing this type of tournament (at a previous job), and night golf was a very popular event,” said Hollie Storrier, general manager of Broadmoor.

“We’ve had a lot of people inquire about it and have already signed up a lot of teams, so we expect a field of maybe 100-120 players.”

The party starts at 6 p.m. with drinks, appetizers and music as players wait for darkness to arrive.

“Everything is going to be glowing, and we will head out as soon as the sun goes down,” Storrier said.

Players who have participated in night golf talk about improving their game because they are so focused on feeling each shot. Instead of a visual reinforcement, players feel their swing and putting stroke and depend more on their natural movements and less on what they see.

And what they will see is very cool – soaring, glow-in-the dark golf balls flying high against a dark backdrop.

“It’s just so different, and something that is not done much around here,” said Storrier. “This time of year when it’s so hot, people want to play early in the morning or late in the day.

“It’s not going to be hot at dark and I think people are going to enjoy this because it is so unique.”

Players and teams can sign up at Broadmoor or by calling 687-1500.



What: Nine-hole captain’s choice event in the dark

When: Aug. 17, party starts at 6 p.m., shotgun start at 8:15 p.m.

Where: Broadmoor Golf Links

Entry fee: $50 per player, includes glow sticks, glow necklaces and glow balls, ticket for food and drink, music

To enter: Visit Broadmoor or call 687-1500