202 Magazine July 2012 (July 2012) - Page 63

playing in the loop / 202 fun / BY VIRGINIA CHAVEZ For die-hard golf enthusiasts, summertime means braving the elements of the hot desert sun with gallons of sunscreen and water at hand. While low-priced tee times and desolate courses may seem worthy of sacrificing the great indoors for a sun-drenched afternoon, one Valley golf course takes the heat off your shoulders. Don’t let the hot sun take the fun out of your favorite pastime, because Augusta Ranch Golf Club in Mesa provides a light at the end of the long summer tunnel with glow-in-the-dark evening golf. A fun-filled, nine-hole course sets the stage for a golf outing that outshines an average day on the greens. When the sun goes down, the fun begins. Groups of four line up to receive evening golf essentials including glow sticks, glow golf balls and flashlights to help lead the way. Golf carts adorned with glowing ornaments provide swift and safe transportation throughout a course lit up with glow-in-the-dark accents. Strobe lights atop flags and outlined-to-shine tee boxes ensure maximum visibility for a hole-in-one hit. Novice golfers intimidated by competitive crowds during peak season have found Glow-in-the-Dark a great fit. Glow-inthe-dark golf allows Evening Golf players of all levels Augusta Ranch Golf Club to partake in the eve2401 S. Lansing ning fun. “It’s a very Mesa, AZ 85209 relaxed atmosphere,” 480.354.1234 says Wade Henry, Date: July 21, 2012 Tournament CoordinaTime: 7 p.m. tor at Augusta Ranch Fee: $40 per person, Golf Club. “People come includes dinner out to enjoy a fun evening doing something a little different, it’s not a serious competition.” Teams play to win a variety of prizes including shirts, hats and gift cards. Even the losing team wins a prize - a much-needed round of free golf lessons for the group. Open to kids and adults of all ages, the event kicks off with live music, cold beverages and a buffet style dinner at the clubhouse before hitting the links. Kids can even enjoy arts and crafts and a bounce house for hours of play. “The event coincides with our family night event,” says Henry. “Everyone can enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment even if they are not playing.” The clubhouse also provides equipment rentals for those who need it. 202magazine.com / JULY 2012 / 202 MAGAZINE 63