Who says you need good weather for a game of golf? Not these yoopers. This St. Ignace event has become a winter tradition.
In the U.P., we 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. We took that to heart 34 years ago when we started the Ice Golf Scramble and Glow Ball Challenge. (This year, the event is March 6–7.)
“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 6 with a Cheboygan Brewery Tap Takeover at local bars and restaurants. Then 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. The 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 7, 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 holes 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 afterward with live Irish music from Michigan Irish bands throughout downtown and sample traditional U.P. fare.