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September 27, 2011 > Golf goes flamingo

Golf goes flamingo

By Julie Grabowski

The zaniest of golf tournaments returns to Niles for an afternoon of "wild, wacky, and tacky" fun at its finest. Now in its thirteenth year, the Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament draws anywhere from 125 to 170 golfers ready to putt their way through a course like no other.

The one-of-a kind green covers a six to eight block area with eight uniquely themed putting holes in the yards of Niles residents. Those who volunteer are responsible to come up with their own theme and corresponding decorations. Past years have had a South Phole where players putted through the arctic amid igloos and penguins; The Putt Mondrian, a hole in the style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian; the Port Hole requiring "putting the plank" and getting the ball from ship to shore; and Alice and the Mad Hatter's The Rabbit Hole where players putted a four-foot "golf" ball from a teacup onto the green.

This year's offerings are no less clever; among them the Three Hole Punch created by the Niles School, Pee Wee's W-hole Great Adventure, Pablo Picashole, and Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont's (LEAF) The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hole, based on the classic Eric Carle book.

The Nile Cafe serves as the game's kickoff point, and putters are supplied at each hole, but golfers may bring their own if they feel they might benefit from the help of a trusted friend! The course ends at the Watering Hole where refreshments will be available and prizes awarded for the best-dressed duffer (the wackier the better), best hole, and overall score. Prizes are fittingly flamingo in nature, from purses and flip-flops to lamps, salt and pepper shakers, and yard "art."
"This thing is a non-goal event. It's really just a party in Niles," says Niles Main Street Association Vice President and event co-chair Nancy Haylock. The day is simply an opportunity to stroll around Niles, take in the town and its unique offerings, and have some fun.

When asked if they've considered expanding to a larger course, Haylock says that with young kids you want to keep everything within walking distance and at a size that doesn't wipe everybody out. Eight holes seem to be just right. She also highlights that the event sprung from "the fertile mind of Laurie Manuel," longtime active Niles resident. It is hosted by the Niles Main Street Association, which works to preserve the history and celebrate the vitality of the historic Niles District.

"It's a great and fun day for the whole family. It's kind of campy fun for the adults and the kids love it," says Haylock. It is also an opportunity for teens to help out with the event in order to fulfill their community service requirements, and the money raised goes to the beautification of Niles.

Event sponsors include Alternative Mortgage Sources, Antique Treasures, My Friends and I, Dave and Carol Nishihara of Legacy Real Estate & Associates, Keith's Collectables, Bite and Browse, and the Nile Cafe.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and are available for purchase on the day of the event at the Nile Cafe, located at 121 "I" Street. For more information call Nancy Haylock at (510) 795-8670.

Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament
Sunday, October 2
Golf: Noon - 4 p.m.
Watering Hole: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
(510) 795-8670
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children

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