The third annual event in Dover, Wis., welcomed 144 golfers to play a nine-hole round on the lake’s frozen surface, with six-inch holes drilled in to the ice and holes ranging from 125 yards to more than 400 yards. Playing on ice is “like hitting a golf ball on the moon—it just goes,” said one of the organizers.
On January 30, 144 golfers attended the third annual Winter Golf on Eagle Lake on the body of water’s frozen surface in Dover, Wis., the Racine, Wis.-based Journal Times reported.
The benefit outing is organized by the Kansasville-Dover Betterment Committee; this year’s proceeds will go to the nonprofit Love, Inc. in Burlington. Each two-person team got a tennis ball to share, and each player was allowed just one golf club of their choice. At every flag was a 6-inch-diameter hole drilled in the ice, the Journal Times reported.
Organizers laid out the nine-hole course Saturday morning, said Patrick Haley, betterment committee chairman. “The first year we did more or less a par-3 course,” he said. “This year we got in a four-wheeler and drove till we felt like stopping and cut a hole.” The result was a course with holes ranging from about 125 to more than 400 yards, the Journal Times reported.
“We call it a par-4 course,” Haley said. “But it’s also like hitting a golf ball on the moon—it just goes.”
The course took roughly 90 minutes to play, and participants—who paid $10 each, except for children younger than 12—could play the course as many times as they liked. With the temperature in the low 40s Saturday afternoon, many went around a second time, the Journal Times reported.
“If they want to play 18, we suggest they play the course backwards” the second time, Haley said.
Barry Centell was in a group of 10 friends who played the course about 2½ times around together. Centell said he also played once before, in the event’s first year, when the wind chill was 25 degrees below zero. That year, a friend of his, Lance Hoff, shot a hole-in-one, Centell said. The organizers, unprepared with a trophy for such a feat, awarded Hoff a Raisinets cap, the Journal Times reported.
Saturday’s winning duo, Haley said, were Annie Rowland and Becky Cira of Dover, with a score of 32. They won a trophy and a $25 gift certificate each to Michael’s on the Lake. The losing team, Ginny and Molly Blum, came home with a score of 132 and a trophy and gift certificate apiece, just like the winners, the Journal Times reported.