This week will see three evenings of night golf in Lee Valley. The event will mark the first time that Lee Valley will be lit up for a unique golfing experience. The ten-hole event will take place in darkness, with coloured lights marking the fairways, greens and hazards, and with a luminous golf ball in play, golfers will have no excuse for not keeping it in play. The team of four event takes place from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st March, the shotgun format will see the 20 teams start at 8pm with prizes and refreshments included on each night.
Thursday is fully booked but there is some availability on Wednesday and Friday. This is first time that Night Golf will be held in Munster and the idea came from Patsy Ryan. Patsy is a past captain of Lee Valley and he’s also General Manager of the Mardyke Arena, and he has been the driving force behind the novel event. The interest has been very strong too with the event set to sell out. “We set out to take 54 teams over the three nights and we’re now hoping to get up to 60 teams out” said Ryan. “The Marymount brand is one which opens doors and pockets so I’m sure we’ll hit the target. For anyone who tried it the launch it’s great fun and it’ll be a novelty that everyone will enjoy. I’d like to thank Robert from Cogan’s, starting off any project with a sponsor is a great boost to the event.
Teams for the Wednesday night are €300 and teams on the Friday night are €400.Anyone interested in playing in the event should contact Wayne Falvey in Mardyke Arena or Lee Valley Golf Club.
Stewart Kyle from Irish Golf Expo events is the man behind the technology and he’s excited about their first venture in Cork: “We are delighted to team up with Lee Valley Golf Club for the Night Golf extravaganza, raising money for Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. We will be lighting up Lee Valley with our revolutionary Night Sports USA technology giving golfers the chance to play golf in dark. Our Night Golf events have taken Ireland by storm receiving glowing feedback from players, club officials and charities. It really brings another fun element into the game and is a fantastic social occasion.” Kyle launched night golf last year and after holding a few events in Ulster he’s now extending the reach, providing the equipment to courses all over Ireland.