It's the combination of fun, novelty holes, and financial support of worthy causes that have made the Monumental Tournament of Aces a success from day one.
Passersby may stop and stare when they see this large group of golfers all decked out in colourful outfits playing the most novel game of golf possible at the Links of GlenEagles this Saturday, Oct. 2.
"The key thing is that you've got to come out and have fun. We've always emphasized that," says tournament chair Glen Gryzko, of the Cochrane Rotary Club. "So you get dressed up in your loudest most ridiculously-coloured clothes, the brighter and better."
Now in its 14th year, it sold out a month in advance and the 174 fortunate ones will be teeing off at 2 p.m.
On most holes, golfers will be challenged to sink a hole-in-one from 50 to 165 yds, and with three pins on each green, each golfer will have 25 shots to achieve the ultimate golf of an ace. But there's a twist.
"The rub of the green is because we tee-off in tensomes, rather than the normal foursomes, there's close to 30 balls on the green if everyone is fairly accurate. So, you can get a hole-in-one by knocking your ball off of somebody else's or possibly knocking somebody else's in."
Other carnival-type games include challenges like hitting a golf ball into a net with a hockey stick, and ringing a gong,
Calgary sports fans will be particularly pleased with the hole called 'Innocent Bystanders.'
"That is where we have mannequins dressed up in colours and jerseys of teams that Calgarians don't necessarily like, such as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Oilers, and Edmonton Elks."
There is one legitimate hole-in-one contest sponsored by Cochrane Toyota where you can win $10,000 towards the purchase or lease of a new car.
There's also on-course food, wine tasting, post-golf banquet, prizes, and silent and live auctions.
The primary beneficiary of the tournament this year is the Big Hill Haven.
"They're an incredible group of people. They've grown and developed into a really strong organization that is going to be in place and serve the needs of the Cochrane community for a long time."
He says they've also been a tremendous partner in helping solicit sponsorships and prizes for the auction.
The Rotary Club is the primary organizer in partnership with Cochrane Search and Rescue.
Gryzko says tournament founders Kelly and Dianne Kimmett continue to provide significant support and mentorship.
The tournament was created by the Kimmetts in memory of their daughter Lindsay Leigh Kimmett. Her compassion for others here and around the globe is celebrated by this unique golf tournament and other charitable endeavours of the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation, including the Kimmet Cup.