We just finished up a poster for a day and night Footgolf ‘open house’ Friday, June 6th at Olathea Golf Course in LeClaire, Iowa. Kevin Bohach is the promoter setting it up. There will be a day and night round of play. They are setting up a mobile course using our glowgear night golf lighting and night target rings. The cool thing about this is that it’s completely mobile. There is no need to cut huge holes in the ground and have a perminent course. Now golf courses can put on night footgolf events whenever and where ever they want. This makes it interesting because every weekend they could put on an event and change the course so players are having a new experience everytime they play.
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.
This was a long weekend of about 5,000 kids playing 13 holes of golf. I am exhausted, but we got some great photos.
Here is a gallery of shots of the kids. They definitely had a great time. I can’t wait to set this up at a school or as a cosmic office golf competition. Stay tuned.
We had the fun job of setting up a simple 3 hole demo at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville last night. From it we created 3 new styles of holes and learned that the 90 degree turns are the very best to create bank shots. The first hole (yellow) had a 45 degree turn which was tough to catch just right, so we flipped some track and made a simple banker ramp to help players from jumping the rails. The blue hole had a perfect 90 degree turn that allowed the kids to make numerous hole in ones, which is always awesome.
My final orange hole was the true secret. I had wanted to simply make it a T shape so players had to lag the ball to the dogleg left. Instead I created a “ramp around”. Now players either lagged their shot or tried to hit the ramp just right and flip the ball around the circle. It was harder than it looked.
All in all it too only about 20 minutes to set up and the kids and adults checking it out had a great time playing over and over again. I can’t wait to see a full 9 or 18 holes in the ball room. I think it will be a cosmic crazy night of golf for sure.
Many thanks to the folks at Wildwood CC for the opportunity. Here are a few more shots from different angles. These holes are definitely going in our office golf idea manual.
We had a pretty great treat last weekend with a 12 hole event at Morgan run golf course in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. We set up 12 holes of cosmic putting event on their two stellar practice greens, along with a cool night golf chip shot to an adjacent green. (photo below) The cool thing was that we had it shot with a helicopter cam which I will put up the second we get the footage.
The other cool thing about cosmic putting is how to set up the holes on a putting green because unlike setting it up on carpet, which is very cool in it’s own right, you have the slope of the green to consider. We created several holes that went down grain and up grain to create different effects and challenges. I can’t wait to see what other ‘course designers’ will come up with in the coming year.Check out some of the holes from the event. Of course, many thanks to the folks at Morgan Run for the opportunity to showcase cosmic night golf.
Welcome 2014. Here are the top photos from our fall/winter 2013-14
3 HOLES OF PUTTING TRACK: We set this up in an indoor soccer pitch for a photo shoot. It’s amazing how bright the yellow track is under black light.
AMAZING NIGHT GOLF NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 2013: This was truly the first spin of our new track. We had not had it for more than a day. Right out of the press.
WOODHAVEN GOLF CLUB: Our first test event with the prototype cosmic putting track. Pretty cool response. These kids were awesome. We used them as models to show the course layout…and they love to pose.
OUR FIRST COSMIC NIGHTDISC GOLF EXPERIENCE: There is a massively cool disc golf course at Charlie Vitner Park in Louisville and here are some shots we took of cosmic clothing back in November 2013
OUR FIRST PROTOTYPE COLORED TRACK: This was our first event at a nice golf course in Chicago.
OUR FIRST OFFICE GOLF CONFIGURATIONS: These are some hole configurations we will be putting in our idea manual
SOME VERY COOL PHOTOS FROM 2013: Here is a nice library of product shots taken during last year. This shows how we are more than just night golf. We go as far as your brain can think.
THE NEON VIBE FUN RUN: We lit up a neon fun run with a mountain of lights…and it was awesome. Let’s do more of these in 2014
THE FIRST COSMIC PUTTING SHOT EVER TAKEN: This was our first night golf test with neon twine and our UV lights. Aka Glow Blasters. From this we began designing the cosmic putting course components.
We are proud to announce the launch of our 2014 Cosmic Night Golfers Tour. If you are a golf course or club who wants to be part of the craziest, funnnnnest and brightest night in golf, give us a call and let’s set up a cosmic evening of putting, skills and “18 holes without leaving the party”…because now it’s possible with GlowGear lighting, balls and clothing.
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!!!!
We are very proud to announce that our neon putting track is now available in four different colors. Neon Red, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange and Neon Blue. The great thing about Glowgear putting track is that you can use it anywhere from the office, home and golf course.
May the night putting begin!!! Night golf will never be the same again.
Glowgear putting track is great for:
- Junior Golf events
- Golf Fundraisers everyone can play
- Crazy office golf competitions
- Putting courses through your home
If you are a school or golf course who would like to do some crazy fun events this season, don’t hesitate to give us a gingle and let’s talk about turning your members or patrons into bigger and better golfers.