Frozen bogeys

Golf-obsessed Albertans will go to great lengths to stretch out the playing season. They’ll whack balls from dawn to dusk, sneak in games between family events – even plan entire trips around the game when it gets too cold to play at home. For those who live near Pigeon Lake, though, winter is no obstacle. Every year, the town holds an ice golf tournament on the frozen waters of its eponymous lake. This March 14, more than 100 players are expected to bundle up in thermal underwear, Sorel boots and whacky team costumes (shamrocks and St. Paddy’s Day green are always popular) to tee off at Mulhurst Bay. The rules are no different from golf played on grass, but the bounces of fluorescent Titleist balls on rough ice are as unpredictable as the players’ off-season swings. After three rounds of nine-hole play, prizes are awarded for lowest score and highest score, best and worst costume and several other categories. Those not willing to brave the open wind on the lake can park along the shoreline and cheer on their favourite teams. A dinner and silent auction at Mulhurst Bay Community League hall follow the day’s play. Call 780-586-6263 or email to purchase tickets.