What do you get when you combine more than 200 golfers, 1,500 hot wings, 36 holes of tournament golf and throw in a few kegs of beer and a band?
You’ve got Golfers Gone Wild, the wildly popular spring tournament at Twin Oaks that will celebrate its fifth anniversary on April 11th.
The tournament is a JC Golf concept that originated at the Rancho Bernardo Inn but has found a home at Twin Oaks.
Tournament director Scott Butler says the tournament has developed such a following that he gets asked about the date months in advance.
“People look forward to it now,” Butler says. “It’s a lot of hard work for us, but it’s a really fun day for the golfers.”
The toughest trick for the staff is turning the golf carts after the 8 a.m. shotgun to get them out for the 2 p.m. shotgun, Butler says. What happens in between for the golfers is part of what makes the tournament unique.
In the course’s beer garden, a band is playing and food and beer are being served. Hooter’s girls dole out around 1,500 hot wings. Meanwhile local breweries – this year it’s Ballast Point and Mother Earth – provide beers for tasting and Hornito’s does the same for tequila.
Golfers seek to sample some of all of it via a “passport” they’re encouraged to complete.
Butler says the beer garden experience makes the day as much as what happens on the golf course.
“It’s just a fun tournament that is different than what most people associate with a golf tournament,” he says. “This is more about the atmosphere of the event than the actual golf.
“We want people to just have a good time.”
As for the golf, Butler says the unique set up of the course includes two holes on the par-3 17th. Called “Seeing Double,” the hole provides a closest-to-the-pin contest to either pin.
Of the more than 200 golfers that participate in the day, a few choose to play 36, Butler says.
“Only the brave actually play both,” he jokes. “Historically we get about four foursomes that will play both.”
For the price – $55 a player, $220 a foursome – Butler says the tournament is an incredible value for players.
“To be able to enjoy at all that for $55 is a really good deal. It’s crazy.”
A few spots remain for Golfers Gone Wild. You can sign up at http://www.jcgolf.com or by calling 760.591.4700.