Shooting for par under the stars

The Caesarea Golf Club had a night match this week in honor of its new Par-3 course.

311_night golf (photo credit: Yaro Brill)
311_night golf
(photo credit: Yaro Brill)
Golf is traditionally a daytime sport, and Caesarea’s course, like most, does not have lighting. As long as the sun is shining the golfers play, packing up their gear as soon as dusk sets in.
Despite this, as a one-time event, the Caesarea Golf Club decided to have a match under the stars this week in honor of the opening of its new Par-3 course.
The new course, like the club’s main tournament links, is a creation of legendary course-designer Pete Dye, and consists of nine short holes, enabling one to complete a round in under three hours.
For the purpose of the night match, the players were equipped with special transparent balls, inside of which were placed glow-in-the-dark stick lights, so the balls would be visible in night conditions.
The golfers were also given flashlights and made use of the street lamps from the nearby neighborhood.
The match began at 8:30 p.m. and lasted until 11.
First-place winners were a pair of relatively new golfers, Eliran Beiruti and Ayal Verdi. Second-place runners-up were Chumi Musinzon and Nir Yaron, followed by Elias Said and Meir Mandelman in third place.
The Nearest-to-the-Pin award went to Inis Brunshtein.