2011-05-06

Putt-Putt Golf Comes To Downtown

If the terms zany and wacky apply to you, Leadership Long Beach officials say they may just have the perfect event.

The 16th Annual Putt-Putt on Pine will take place next Thursday, May 12, along Pine Avenue and within the East Village Arts District in downtown Long Beach. Organizers said this is not an event to be compared to even the most amateur of golf competitions — miniature golf is the name of the game.

“It’s a fun or friend-raising event,” said Oscar Cosby, director of communications for Leadership Long Beach. “It’s open to the public and we have quite a few alumni come out to take part in the miniature golf festivities.”

Organizers said they anticipate about 18 holes available for play — last year about 200 people participated.

“Restaurants and other shops present a miniature golf course as well as some sort of hors d’oeuvre or food and drink,” Cosby said. “It’s casual — we call it a zany or wacky event. It’s all about fun and the groups end up with great team names.”

Past standouts include Kiss My Putt! and Block Heads (group from H&R Block) — there is actually an award for the most creative name.

“We want to encourage that,” Cosby said. “We don’t want it to be inappropriate, but we like it to be fun. Friends, businesses and work groups will come out and form a team.”

Each restaurant or store sets up a small miniature golf hole, generally using objects that help represent their businesses as obstacles on the course. Confirmed participants include: Appleby Real Estate Brokerage and Property Management Services, Sevilla, District Wine, George’s Greek Café, It’s a Grind Coffee House, L’Opera, Seaside Printing Company, Taco Beach, The “B” Store, Shannon’s On Pine and Village Grind.

Cosby said in the past Gold’s Gym used 5- and 10-pound weights on its hole, Appleby Real Estate used a giant apple in a unique way and Taco Beach strategically placed Corona beers — the holes will not be bland.

Leadership Long Beach was created in 1989 and offers youth and adult training programs.

“We wanted to make sure there was a program for people who wanted to get involved with the city,” Cosby said, adding that programs offer awareness and knowledge on key topics facing the city and the opportunity to get to know “movers and shakers” who help run it.

“Each program requires the participant to be part of a community volunteer project,” he said.

The cost of the Putt-Putt on Pine is $50 per golfer. That money will go toward Leadership Long Beach and the programs it runs.

There also will be a hole-in-one challenge that will net one lucky player a $200 putter, as well as a raffle for various

prizes.

Golfers are to meet between 5 and 6 p.m. at George’s Greek Café, 135 Pine Ave., to check in. The event lasts until 9 p.m., with an award ceremony a little after 8 p.m.

There will be voting for best taste, most challenging hole, most creative hole design and best overall effort.

“It’s a nice way to get people into the businesses and shops,” Cosby said.

For more information and to register, visit Leadership Long Beach’s website at www.leadershiplb.org.