The ONPAR team discover a Night Golf phenomenon at Staining Lodge Golf Course a stunning venue for our night golf experience courtesy of Tony Johnstone PGA
The ONPAR team discover a Night Golf phenomenon at Staining Lodge Golf Course, courtesy of Tony Johnstone PGA.
Weary after a busy day at the office, the thought of heading out to play golf at 9pm on a Wednesday night was a tiring yet somewhat intriguing proposition. What were we getting ourselves into? Surely, we won’t be able to play real golf and see anything, will we?
As we arrived at Staining Lodge Golf Course, the stunning venue for our night golf experience, the sky was swiftly losing its dusky light on this mild summers evening. We received a warm welcome from Head Professional and event organiser Tony Johnstone, who was busy mingling with the other teams. Convening on the outdoor terrace with a refreshing pick-me-up, we had just enough time to psyche ourselves up and await our instructions for the evening ahead.
In his welcome, Tony was fully equipped with assurances that we’ll soon get used to the disappearing light. With the help of his creative use of LED fairy lights, light sabres and the best night golf balls on the market, we’ll be navigating our way around this Fylde countryside course in no time.
In teams of 4, the format for the event was a Texas Scramble, so immediately we were settled by the fact that if we took longer than the 8 minutes of ball light up time to find our ball, we could still score as a team, and have an enjoyable round.
Following a quick warm-up on the club’s refurbished driving range next to Tony’s coaching suite, we set off to hole 6 to await the shotgun start. Immediately surprised by how much we could see and how well Tony had managed to light up the fairways and pins, we swiftly played our round.
Only one or two lost balls from a couple of wayward shots into the water and some amazing shots in the short game area meant our team scored nicely. Towards the last hole, the sky was now very dark so the additional torch that came supplied assisted our judgement of distance and lie of the putting greens.
The Night Golf course was a par 24 over 6 holes, where we scored a respectable 22 points. With less than one point separating the top three teams, we came third, losing to the winning team consisting of Ryan, Alix, Phil and Nick who scored 21.6!
We thoroughly enjoyed our first-night golf event and would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to give it a go. It is a completely different experience to playing in the daylight, and we’d never have thought we could have upped our daily steps so much, and so close to bedtime. Thank you, Tony.