More often than not, the problem with charity golf tournaments as I see it, is the fact that each foursome playing is remains disconnected from the rest of the event to some degree or another while they are on the course.
Meanwhile, the great thing about a bar is that you could enter alone and walk out with dozens of new friends. Barstools have that ability it seems, whereas golf carts do not.
So, when my brother, Scott, created Colorado Beer Week (which runs April 8th through 16th, 2011) I told him that in addition to events like the Fresh Oyster Fest with Rogue Ales on Wednesday the 13th, and the incredible Vertical Tasting event on the 14th, where guests will get to enjoy four vintages of the most award-winning beer in the United States (Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter from 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009), he should also host a beer and golf tournament with tee box craft beer samples being poured for the participants and more food and beer offered up after the last putt has been sunk; a sort of bar stool camaraderie set up throughout the course.
Scott then took my passing suggestion and ran with it. Instead of just any course, he signed up with the private Club at Pradera in Parker, Colorado. With music playing on the driving range and an exciting Jim Engh-designed course, it’s about as good of a fit as I could imagine. And Pradera’s own house beer from the Fort Collins Brewery will be poured during and after the golf. There will also be the standard silent auction to raise even more money for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. And after all of that – after toasting a fairway hit and a green in reg; after sampling the food and beer pairings in the private clubhouse after the event – the tourney players will have yet another after party offered up to them, this one cigar themed and held nearby at The Robusto Room.
So, I’m thinking I may stand corrected, because not all charity golf tournaments have to be uninviting it turns out.
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