[September 29, 2012]
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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