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October 2, 2012 > Putting through Niles

Putting through Niles

Put your mini golf skills to the test and enjoy an afternoon putting your way through the neighborhood of Niles on a one-of-a-kind nine hole golf course. The "Pink Flamingo PeeWee Golf Tournament" boasts different and uniquely themed holes, created by various Niles residents who open their yards to the putting public. Previous offerings have included Happy Hole-adays, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hole, South Phole, and the pirate themed Port Hole. This year's course will feature the Red Forest Hole, Barnyard Hole, and Pie Hole among others.

While the course is created for a single day of fun, one hole exceeded its small town spotlight and ended up making quite an impression. Picasshole, created by Jennifer Barrows and John McClusky for the 2011 tournament, went on to be exhibited at the biennial Art Faculty Show at the L.H. Horton Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College where Barrows is an Art Historian. Purchased during a silent auction, Picasshole was donated to the Children's Museum of Stockton where it is still available for putting use. "Evidently what goes on in Niles doesn't always stay in Niles," says event chair and Niles Main Street Association member Nancy Haylock.

"We hope we'll have time to do Vincent Van Golf next year!" says Barrows.

Golfers finish their round at the Watering Hole where refreshments and prizes await from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with awards for best-dressed duffer, best hole, and overall score.

This year's tournament is sponsored by Alternative Mortgage and is being held in honor of Bob Wasserman, who was a big fan of the pee-wee golf event, as well as the town of Niles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased the day of the event at the Nile Cafe. Proceeds benefit the Niles Main Street Association, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and economic revitalization of the historic Niles District.

Pink Flamingo PeeWee Golf Tournament
Sunday, Oct 7
12 Noon - 4 p.m.
Nile Cafe
121 I Street, Niles
(510) 742-9868
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children

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