Grab your clubs and your better half, as the Birchbank Golf Course is offering a smoking hot deal to area golfers, as it gets set to host its annual Mixed Golf Tournament this weekend.
The two-day, 36-hole tournament is a mixed bag, with the first 18 holes teeing off at a shotgun start on Saturday at 1 p.m. and playing a ‘Best Ball’ format.
Sunday’s round will use chapman rules, or alternate shot, with the shotgun start at 8 a.m. The two-person, handicapped modified ‘chapman’ tournament has both players on a team hit tee shots, and then play second shots using their partner’s tee-shot location. After both players second shots, the team must select one ball location from which to complete the hole using alternate shot format.
“There’s about 70 people in it right now, we’re hoping we get some more,” said Birchbank Golf Course manager and Pro Dennis Bradley. “Anybody in the area can play, it’s just a mixed open with two different formats. It’s a lot of fun.”
The two rounds of golf, a dinner, and prizes goes for just $150 per couple, and $125 for member couples.
“It’s a great deal for people,” said Bradley. “For us, not to have it full doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. It’s technically four rounds of golf.”
Saturday’s round will be followed by a dinner in the Birchbank Bistro. The event, sponsored by the Black Rooster in Castlegar, also will give away many great door prizes, a hole-in-one prize, as well as overall gross- and net-flight prizes.
“We’ve had about 80 people play in the tournament, and its usually a slow long weekend so it’s always nice to have people here.”
And just after the Mixed Tournament winds up, golfers from around the northwest will travel to Trail for the annual Rossland-Trail Birchbank Men’s Open hitting the fairways for a practice round on Thursday, Aug. 10, before teeing off on Friday, Saturday, and winding up on Sunday for the 54-hole championship.
“There should be about 120 of them for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” said Bradley. “You get three rounds of golf, two dinners, and a breakfast. I mean that’s another screaming deal for people in the area.”
The entry fee for the Birchbank Men’s Open is $215 for non-members and $155 for Birchbank members.