Partnership fundraiser brings a new twist to golf

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[September 29, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

Friday night the game of golf took on a new dimension at the North Greens Golf Course in Atlanta. It was played in the dark.

The event was a first in a couple of ways. The first first is that it was the first-ever nighttime golf outing at the course. Atlanta Mayor Fred Finchum said he played night golf one time about 20 years ago, and it was very enjoyable. Steve Smith, the current development partnership president, said he, too, had played after dark once and also liked it. The two of them, in talking about doing a fundraiser for the partnership this fall, came up with the idea to bring night golf to Atlanta.

Finchum said the best part of the nighttime event is that it offers those who are not avid golfers the opportunity to get out on the course and have some real fun. They don't have to be particularly good at the game to enjoy this type of experience. He did warn, though, that the die-hard golfers who really strive to be excellent may not enjoy this type of game as much as others would.

For Finchum, the Friday night game was a test drive for something he hopes to see more of in the future. Finchum said the night games will offer anyone in the community, regardless of whether or not they are experienced golfers, the opportunity to come out and have a nice evening.

For Smith, the beauty of the event is that it is the first time the partnership has had a fall fundraiser, and he said he considered the first-time effort a great success.

Six teams of four came out for the evening. Their entry fee was $50 per person, with the money going to the operating costs of the development partnership. Smith said the partnership has set a goal of paying 20 to 25 percent of its operating costs through fundraisers. Up until this year, the only fundraiser the organization has had is the spring luncheon. But Smith said, for the first year out, this event was quite successful, and he looks forward to seeing it grow in the future.

Pictures by Nila Smith

The evening began at 6 with a happy hour in the clubhouse.

Golfers were treated to snacks, courtesy of Kroger.

Just before dark, everyone headed out to the greens.


Keith Snyder attaches a glow ring to his golf cart.

Friends share a laugh over a joke.


Mark Hughes is ready to go.

The game begins with a "shotgun" start.



Fred Finchum and his son Ron give the teams a good-luck send-off.

Each team will start at a different hole.  The night included nine holes of play.


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