In the rough, competitive, and exciting world of sports, noble disciplines such as mud wrestling, underwater chess, and wife carrying attract massive audiences and bring people together in celebration of the unbreakable human spirit and the breakable, but still at times impressive, human physique. (Sports like basketball and football also seem to be somewhat popular elsewhere in the world. Maybe South America, who knows.)
Anyway, in this article, we’ll talk about one of the noblest and most exquisite sports on this green Earth of ours - a genteel activity of leisure (And a fair amount of mosquitos, if we’re honest.) - Night Golf!
Quite right and indeed! Invented in what must have been a bout of sheer genius, this cheeky sport now has a growing fandom, as well as player base around the world. Read on and learn how to set up a game, as well as how to obtain a set of glow in the dark golf balls - Walmart edition.
Without further ado, here’s the deal.
The Pros of Organizing a Night Golf Event
While not many people will be aware of what on Earth you are talking about when you first mention nighttime golf as a potential sporting event, if they've got even a little bit of competitive spirit in them (and possibly a borderline masochistic willingness to brave through swarms upon nasty swarms of mosquitoes), chances are - you'll have more attendees than you can handle! Here's how night golf benefits the sport of golf in other ways.
Attract New Players
Thanks to the non-official nature of a nighttime golf event, as well as the curious environment with limited lighting, potential players may feel more at ease playing at one of these events than they would otherwise, especially if they're rookies. Also, the idea of playing for a couple of hours and then swinging over to the nearby bar for a couple of beers certainly appeals to most players, no matter their current skill level.
Amass a Decent Amount of Money for the Golf Course
Golf courses are like college students in the following ways: 1) they always seem to suffer from a chronic lack of money, 2) they have a looming debt over their heads, and 3) there's always some beer in their vicinity. Therefore, if you'd like to help out your local golf course pay off its student loan, erm- we meant golf club debt, organizing a nighttime event can be a perfect way to gather some funds!
Since night golf gatherings often gather players AND their families, there's much more room for your club to sell food and drinks, which, in turn, means more money for renovating the course!
Gather Lots Of People
When it comes to night golf, it tends to attract both the players and their clueless friends and families. The thing is, a nighttime event of any kind is bound to feature more of a relaxed atmosphere, so if you do set up one of these events, expect lots of curious people and not so much stressing about the sport itself.
The Cons of Organizing a Night Golf Event
While the glorious sport of night golf scarcely has any disadvantages related to its gentle proceedings or general appeal, a minor technical difficulty or two can spring up every now and again. So, we’ve created this section in order to address these petty occurrences. None of these should deter you from creating a wholesome night golf event, though.
As you might expect, as the sun is about to set and the dusk comes forth, there is going to be less light around the golf course. (And also elsewhere on the entire part of the globe you’re in, for that matter.) With less light, a full-length game of golf can be a bit too much, even for the toughest and most skilled of the players. To work around this issue, shorten the games by lowering the number of holes or otherwise organizing an alternative golf event with a shorter duration.
The Equipment You Need Can Be Expensive
While the idea of swinging your club like a madman in pitch-dark may have its merits, a decent game of night golf where you’d actually like to play with other people surely needs more structure to it. And by ‘structure’, we mostly mean lighting. Other than equipping yourself with glowing golf balls (which we’ll talk about in a minute), providing additional mobile lighting is a must in order to illuminate enough of the course to make the cheeky game playable!
Walmart’s Wondrous Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Balls!
This brightly-colored set of three represents the latest technological marvel coming from the company rather intuitively called Night Sports. Made out of durable resin, these golf balls meet the official size and weight requirements, meaning you can use them in official competitions.
The department in which these glowing balls differ from their non-glowing counterparts is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the color. Namely, the pack of three we’re featuring here comes in three different colors, none of which, curiously enough, happens to be white! Instead, you’ll be using the high-quality golf balls with blue, red, or green finishes, all of which have an LED light stuck in its center!
To maximize the effectiveness of their illuminating purpose, so to speak, these balls have an afterglow effect, meaning that you’ll be able to track them down easily in the space of some 8 minutes, after you’ve hit them. Plenty of time, indeed, unless you’ve managed to hit a lake, or maybe a passing bat snatched it or something or other.
All in all, night golf is an up-and-coming activity that’s bound to ‘illuminate’ the path towards the sports of the future! Whether you like it as another cheeky way to enjoy your favorite sport of golf, or just fancy having fun with your friends while drinking beer and sometimes making the ball enter the hole haphazardly, we warmly recommend you try it out.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to stack up on those glowing golf balls before venturing to your nearby course! We wish you loads of fun and may you never hit a bat in midflight.