Ice Golf is fun – it’s all about friends, blustery weather, ice and snow and parkas.
On March 16th, 2013 more than 135 hardcore winter golfers and dedicated volunteers left the warmth and coziness of the indoors and ventured out onto Pigeon Lake to face a day filled with fresh snow and cold, blustery weather.
On March 14th, 2015 it is estimated that approximately 216 enthusiastic Ice Golfers and 35+ committed volunteers will be venturing out onto Pigeon Lake at Mulhurst Bay to participate in what is earning the reputation as the region’s most successful fun winter recreation event; the 19th Annual Ice Golf Tournament. Yes, there will be ice and snow and there might even be some wind and cold, but the guests will be greeted with a warm welcome complemented by champagne and orange juice.
The Ice Golf Tournament is an annual fun fundraising event planned and hosted by the Ice Golf Committee of the Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Although canceled in 2014 due to unsafe ice conditions, the 2015 Committee is forging straight ahead with plans to offer a day overflowing with fun and friendship.
The event was established by the Chamber nineteen years ago with two main objectives in mind: First, to provide an event where residents and visitors can gather to visit with neighbours and friends, and make new ones. The fun event includes hole-in-one prizes, team prizes recognizing best costumes, (costumes and St. Patrick’s Day regalia are encouraged), greatest team spirit, excellent performances and the most honest teams humbly acknowledging embarrassing performances.
The second objective is to enable the Chamber to accomplish a number of mandates, projects, and community support initiatives. “We support local charitable groups and their activities. We reward academic excellence at two regional schools. We support local causes and work collaboratively to address environmental concerns. We proactively seek ways to enhance, promote and support this large regional community with its many awesome attractions, superior services and great people.”
The Ice Golf Tournament has reinvented the game of golf – with an Alberta winter flair. Ice Golfers tee off on the great white golf course on Pigeon Lake at Mulhurst Bay. The Lake is transformed into three nine hole courses with greens (rugs), flags, recycled Christmas trees planted along the course and more.
Winter golfing is basically no different from the summer game… except the green grass is substituted by mounds of snow serving as tees, the greens are green carpets, and the vividly colored golf balls just might bounce across the ice and disappear into snowbanks. St. Paddy’s Day theme is the reason a predominantly green clothed crowd in goofy get-ups is enjoying a day of ice golfing. The happy day is concluded by a sumptuous banquet and prizes to be won for all sorts of reasons.
The Ice Golf Tournament also is a chance to support a worthy cause and promote your business. The success of the Ice Golf Tournament depends upon the support of individuals, businesses and corporations. Join the Chamber by offering to support this unique event with prize(s) and/or cash for the winners and participants and to help pay event expenses. For more information contact the Chamber office at 780-586-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.