Here is a cool emailer we just sent around about night golf. I really think night golf needs to reach out beyond just golfers and into the cross-sports world because young people are the ones who want to play at night and have no problem with staying up late. But the problem is that they are not all necessarilly golfers. But from what we’ve seen with how the golf industry is getting behind footgolf, it’s clear that what they are into is revenue and players paying to play, no matter what they are throwing, hitting or kicking. Why not put on events that incorporate as many social events as you can. Why not even include cosmic Cornhole. It’s an awesome game everyone likes to play.
Why don’t we bring disc golf, foot golf and golf together as one crossgolf sport?
There has been a mountain of golf press about footgolf (soccer golf) and how it could impact a golf course’s bottom line by adding another demographic. My take is that this is only the very first step golf courses can take to open up their venues to more sports played in more ways. Per this, we need to create a “crossgolf” category that allows footgolfers, disc golfers and golfers to play together.
Right now disc and foot golfers can play together, but golf is the odd man out because the ball flies so far. But there is a solution. Just as BMX revolutionized cycling and snowboarding helped skiing and Rollerblades helped hockey, why can’t we create a one or two club version of the sport in golf. When playing with a footballer or disc golfer having only a wedge and putter levels the playing field and makes the game a whole lot easier for beginners. This is especially true when you are playing night golf. Full bag night golf is a tough cookie because of the distances, dangers of darkness and golf carts and
SHORT COURSE CROSSGOLF: When you only play with two clubs, now a beginner can dial in that one club and begin to get good at just one club at a time. There is a lot of chatter in the golf industry about making the holes bigger and the fairways shorter etc. but really, just reduce the game down to its simpliest form of fewer clubs and you have a whole new game.The key is to have a target that can be used by discgolfers along with footgolfers and regular golfers. During the last few years at Glowgear we’ve actually seen the disc golf movement coming and we’ve been working hard to create a mobile target that not only serves all three cross-sports, but also lights up so players can compete at night. With a fully functional Night golf target light system a golf course can now put on very cool multi-sport events without having to create perminent in-ground targets, especially 2ft wide footgolf holes. The other key issue with allowing these three sports on your golf course are that most people who play any sport work at night, so why not make your course glow in the dark. This is key.
If you have an opinion on this, give us a comment and let’s hear what you think.
Another glowing day…lighting up our putting track. A very secret, but big magazine, did a very cool photo shoot with us yesterday. (We can’t tell you until the article comes out. Sorry) We set up just three holes inside our local soccer/hockey rink with synthetic turf. The cool thing was that it was during the day and it was magnificent.
From this cosmic shoot it hit me that the reason existing ‘glow stick’ night golf events seldom puts up cool photos of their events is because you simply can’t see them at night. Players put a glow stick around their neck and no one can really see them, even close up.
I am glad to say GlowGear lighting and putting track is the polar opposite. Our events have enough glow you can shoot them with your smart phone. How cool is that? That’s revolutionary!!!
The other very cool thing about our cosmic putting track is that there truly are a limitless number of configurations you can make. Everytime I set up a demo or event we come up with completely new designs. Go Night Golf 2014!!!!
NIGHT GOLF EVENTS CAN NOW BE ALOT MORE FUN
On the outside a night golf event or tournament is run like a normal daytime golf event, but when you produce a few it becomes clear that there are differences between night and day, kind of like…night and day. It’s really a whole new opportunity for the players, golf course and event promoters/charity fundraisers. In this article we will discuss the new opprtunities as well as the restrictions and differences playing at night bring.
Advantages of putting on a night golf event
OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS MORE POTENTIAL PLAYERS: Since 90 percent of us work, the evening is the best time to get folks to come out and participate in a golf fundraiser, nigh golf league or golf event. Most people, either rich or pour simply cannot take off time from work to play a daytime event.
- ACCESS A YOUNGER GOLF DEMOGRAPHIC: There are a lot of young golfers, adult knock around recreational golfers and non-golfers looking for evening sports to play. So now you have an even wider range of recreational athletes you can reach through such sports website registration engines as active.com and golfnow.com, teemasters.com, ezlinks.com
- MORE REVENUE FOR THE GOLF COURSE/FUNDRAISER: Since it’s the evening you will find a
significant increase in food and beverage sales, which can be a huge benefit to the bottom line of a golf charity event or to the golf course.
- GET MORE PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE: By combining on course play with night ‘cosmic’ putting and even a cosmic skills competition, you now can bring in the families and friends, which make your golf event more than just a pure 74 player pay to play event. Especially cosmic putting brings in the kids and families.
Disadvantages of night golf
- TIME CONSTRAINTS: It’s the evening and people really are looking for a 2-3 hour experience that is social and cool. The one thing to consider is the fact that night golf requires about twice the time as day golf because players are generally walking and it just takes more time. As a result limiting your on-course play to 5-7 holes is a really good idea to limit overall time and player attention fatigue. You can also put on a creative ‘urbangolf’ event. (See below)
- DARKNESS HAS IT’S RESTRICTIONS: In the old days…last year…all you had were glow sticks and LED glow golf alls that hit like a rock and really didn’t give you enough light to be able to do more than brail around the golf course. Yes, new mobile lighting and black lighting makes a huge difference, but it’s still really dark out there. What this means is that it’s hard on the eyes more than playing during the day. The solution is to limit your events to no more than 7 holes.
- EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT: At night you have a different crowd that are looking for
razzle and dazz. So think about ways to light up their experience either as they leave, during the event or at the end. At night it’s more about the party than it is about playing precision golf. It’s about fun. Think of your golf course as being an event venue or night club more than a golf course.
NIGHT GOLF BEST PRACTICES: There are several things to consider when playing golf at night or creating an event.
- TIMING: You have less time than during the day. Most night golf events start at 7pm and should not go any further than 11:30. We’ve found that getting everyone back to the clubhouse or around the night putting green by 10:30 is optimum. This is why adding a cosmic putting event as a tie breaker can be very effective. It can extend the evening, change the pace and give you another competition while players are being social. It also adds to the energy vs. just having players out on the course.
TIGHTEN UP EVENT: Folks at night don’t want to play a full 9 holes. It’s just too much in the dark. We’ve found that older players quit around 6 holes, especially if you start after 8pm. They need their beauty sleep. As a result we recommend keeping your night golf events to a compact 6-7 holes.
- ADD NIGHT PUTTING: To create a more dynamic event and more involvement you can add cosmic night putting to your event mix with 6 – 9 holes. This is easy to set up and it’s a great way to bring in the family and kid contingent. Also, now players can compete over 6 holes in about 2 hours, then do a fast 9 hole putt off after they’ve checked in with their friends and had a nice cool ‘beverage’.
URBANGOLF IDEAS: Consider a modified urbangolf/putting event using the Glowgear limited distance night balls or the Glow Tour V2. On-course urbangolf events revolve around bringing only two or three clubs and playing each hole from 100 yards and in. We recommend taking target lights and placing them on the fairway with a ring of cosmic putting track. So now every hole is a 100 yard and in scoring shot and then players just need to chip into the circle to hole out. At night, this distance is plenty far and it allows the hot shots to really dial in their game while allowing the beginners to stay away from the drivers and long irons they have difficulty hitting even in the day time. It also saves on lost balls because most players lose their night golf balls when hitting driver and long irons. Now golfers are able to walk the course safely and hit shot after shot without lose balls and searching around.
- HIT AND CHIP GOLF COURSE DESIGN: The other advantage of playing this form or hit
and chip target golf is that it can allow you to play more than 6-9 holes in an evening. Best of all it opens up your course to a whole new level of shot making creativity where you can avoid water hazards that tent to eat night golf balls, while giving your regular players a whole new series of holes and hazards to play against than your day course. Now you can have players hitting shots they never imagined as you create shots they would never play during the day.
- CREATE MEMORABLE EVENTS: Night golf photography, especially action shots can make your event memorable. By using GlowGear night golf lighting and cosmic black lights, your players can now see each other on the greens and tee box, so they can now photograph each other with their cell phones. Combine these photos with your event camera shots and you now have the needed photos to post on your facebook page and promote your next event. Traditional glow stick night golf events are pretty much like brailing around in the dark and as a result it’s very difficult to catch victory putts and all the antics that can happen with you get a crowd around the cosmic putting green.
If you have any thoughts or opinions, tell us what you think. We are always looking for new ideas and opinions to make night golf better. Facebook us and let’s chat.
Happy Holidays to everything. Thanksgiving is upon us and we just had this sent in from Tim Galvin of Orlando. He owns Tournament Golf Events in Orlando, FL 888-557-9833 and puts on a bunch of night golf events with glowgear lighting. Well, it’s holiday time and here is what he sent us.
The cool thing about these lights are that they last up to 48 hours before they need recharging, so basically Tim put them out all night and when he was ready to go to bed he simply walked outside, pulled out his remote and turned off the lights. Then, the next night he turned them back on. So his lights can last a week or two without recharging. Pretty cool. What I can’t wait to see is all the light configurations everyone will create this holiday season. so Bravo Tim and I hope it was a fun time.
OFFICE PUTTING GONE CRAZY: It’s time to create night Office golf events and tournaments. We are super proud to introduce our ‘office golf in a box’ putting track that can be used during the day around the office and then lit up at night for a pretty cool neon night golf experience everyone can enjoy. We will be coming out with the complete pack starting in December 2013.
With the introduction of our putting track we are looking to put together a number of day and night golf events through offices, on golf courses and through all kinds of environments. The strength of our office golf putting is that you can create any number of course configurations to mold to your office environment.
It’s taken a year of hard work and now Glow Tour V1 has made way for the GlowTour V2, the best feeling and longest driving night golf ball in the industry.
THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE: The GlowTour V2 is made like a real golf ball so it performs like a real golf ball. Most night golf balls are made in China with an LED inside that creates a serious compression problem. The problem is that the core has to very hard to protect the electronics and it is oversized to accommodate a battery. As a result LED night golf balls have a very thin mantle and hard core and therefore hit like a rock.
THE GLOW: Our secret is to go to the cosmic glow edge of existing ball skin technology by putting our proprietary glow pigment in the skin so that the ball lasts a solid 8 minutes between charges. So now you can hit the best feeling ball in night golf and when you get up to your second shot, just pull out your UV flashlight and give it a recharge. A small price to pay for unmatched feel and performance.
CLUB SAFETY AND FEEL: No longer will you risk breaking your driver because of a rock hard LED core or glow stick core. Just pure soft feel and performance.
DISTANCE: The GlowTour V2 flies just like daytime golf balls. Unlike LED night golf balls, we have a 90 compression performance core, performance mantle and skin so the ball flies just like the best balls on tour. As a result this ball allows you to hit the same shots you hit during the day with the exact same yardage. No need to club up and hope your ball makes it to the green.
SPIN: Since the Glow Tour v2 is made with a performance core and full compression mantle, it is the only night golf ball you can actually back up.
So come on and give it a try.
Here is Louisville Ky, the weather held out long enough for some serious cosmic putting and night golf Friday night at Woodhaven Country Club. We set up glow lights on 9 holes of the par 3 course and another 5 holes of cosmic black light putting. Since we only had one camera we focused our efforts on the intense cosmic puttathon that waged on through the night. This battle saw not one, but 6 victory poses in just one round. Call them flamboyant, call them flashy, call them crazy. This is cosmic night golf. Here are some cool photos from the event.
HOW TO SET UP A COSMIC PUTTING COURSE: The ‘Golf course in a box’ putting track snaps together easilly, but when you are faced with putting together 9 – 18 holes of night golf, it can seem a bit daunting. From this event it became clear that we need to create a hole configuration map so all you need to do is come to our website and grab the hole design you want. A single 32 piece box of putting track can make nearly every hole we put out on Friday. These hole maps will show how many straights and curves you need to create any hole you want.
If you would like to put on a cosmic putting event or buy ‘cosmic putting in a box’ we will have course configurations up very soon. If you have an opinion on what we are doing or want to chime in, in anyway, feel free. We love hearing about what our fans want to see and play.
NIGHT DISC GOLF:
This is our first cosmic black light glow test with our lights for disc golf. We went out to Charlie Vettiner Disc golf Park here is Louisville (disc golf review) (Youtube walk through) and lit up the 12th hole just as a test to see how our night lights would glow everyone out. It turned out to be a kind of neon disc golf fashion shoot. Things looked pretty good. Next week we are off to shoot neon action shots of players throwing and hitting for the glow basket for an event poster and video. Our goal is to put on a neon night disc golf tournament in early November. Stay tuned or contact the Louisville Disc Golf Club to get on the list. The more players we get, the more holes we can light up.
Under another moonlit evening, 62 cosmic ‘tron’ers teed it up at our course, Olathea Golf Course in LeClaire, Iowa. This is our 2nd night golf event this month with LaserGlow lights and we are excited about partnering with them for several events this coming season…our patrons just love it. The Laser Glow crew did all the work with set up/tear down and provided us with custom scorecards for all the players….since the glow lights have 17 color shades, each hole had it’s own color and the score card was color coordinated with the hole color. All we did was keep our doors open and the players came and had a great time!!!! Makes good business for everyone.
Believe it or not, we had many spectators in the clubhouse that evening, a bit unusual for something that didn’t start until 9pm for us. They hung out enjoying the spectacle until almost midnight. We provided some nice sandwiches and adult beverages and the beverage cart on the course proved to be a popular watering hole. We wouldn’t hesitate to do another event anytime our new night golf guys (laserglow) can fit us in. We already booked them for our annual member appreciation tournament called Septemberfest…..this time it’s “September Fest Under The Stars”…a true Cosmic glow Experience. They are planning on bringing their newest addition to their line of night time golf products called Cosmic Putting. We are really excited about that. Thanks guys at LGG and GlowGear for another GREAT evening with our “family of players” at Olathea Golf Course.
Gloria, Sue, Barry, Brent, Chrissy…..Olathea Clubhouse Staff