East Devon Golf Club members deliver some glowing golf in night time play.

PUBLISHED: 19:20 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:20 06 March 2013




Forty four players took part in a 9-hole competition of Night time golf at East Devon last Friday, writes Paul Willoughby.

The event was organised by the Club’s professional, Trevor Underwood ably assisted by his deputy, Matt Lockey. It was an extraordinary evening!

We were provided with translucent golf balls into which had been inserted luminous sticks.

This allowed us to see the flight of the ball for the first 75 yards or so (if we were lucky enough to get it in the air!) and for the most part enabled us to see the balls in the rough, so, theoretically, no lost balls.

There was one luminous marker on most of the fairways and each flag post had an illuminated tag hanging from the pole.

We were allowed torches to enable us to choose the correct clubs and see the holes in the greens, but that was that.

What fun – quite mad. Lining the club face against the ball was difficult enough but taking the swing was even harder; the arc travelled by the club is probably 15‘ or so and keeping it in line in the daylight is hard enough but at night with only the glow of the ball to guide you, it was very difficult. In my group we had a few airshots, a couple of shanks and loads of balls were topped, but it didn’t matter – we were all enjoying ourselves and were accompanied by hoots and calls from other golfers around the course doing the same - how sound carries in the dark!

Surprisingly it wasn’t pitch black as I had imagined it would be – the lights of Exmouth threw an orangey glow to the west – a good example of light pollution.

Two teams shone through the night; in second place was the team of Mark White, Sarah White, Keith Glover and Lisa Tinsley with 25.4 points and the worthy winners were the Town Club team of Peter Howarth, Steve Dicks, Rob Marker and Darren Mears with 24.8 points. The prizes were awarded after a very good supper in the clubhouse.

Well done, Trevor. A most unusual evening, great fun and we hope you’ll do it again.

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