Golf Off the Beaten Cart Path

By Richard A. Webster
Golfing at night can present unusual challenges compared with daytime golf.
Golfing at night can present unusual challenges compared with daytime golf.

Why do people like playing golf at night? Corky Newcomb often hears this question, and to answer he describes a recent encounter with a teammate from his high school baseball team. “He’s a hell of a golfer and I asked him if he ever played night golf,” said Newcomb, president of Nitelite Sports, a manufacturer of glowing sports equipment including golf balls. “He said, ‘Yeah. It’s the funniest thing. I don’t know why, but every time you hit that glowing ball and you see it out there bouncing after it lands, it makes me laugh my ass off.’ “One of my friends came up with the line, ‘It’s the second most fun you can have in the dark,’” Newcomb continued. Scot Baraw gets a similar question about snow golf. Every January during the Stowe Winter Carnival, dozens of people trudge through sometimes waist-deep snow to the golf course, makeshift clubs in hand, often dressed in Halloween costumes. They’re raring to hit a paddle tennis ball around the greens -- or in this situation, the whites. “I really think it’s the insanity of it all,” said Baraw, who organizes the event. “You have a lot of professional people, grown adults, out there in the middle of winter playing golf in a costume. Picture it -- it’s crazy.” Golf is no longer relegated to the pristine conditions of a spring day, when the sun is shining and the weather is ideal. A growing number of people are looking for new challenges within the sport they love, and for some, that means playing in the pitch dark or dead of winter.

Night Golf

Snow Golf

Playing in the snow dictates hitting to the whites.
Playing in the snow dictates hitting to the whites.

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