Golf has for generations provided a bonding experience passed from father to son to become an essential fabric to families of golfers. Two years ago, Black Butte Ranch created a way to celebrate this bond by sparking a new tradition: the Father-Son Classic Golf Tournament.
The Father-Son Classic is back again at Big Meadow, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, on Father’s Day Weekend. Now in its third year, the Father-Son Golf Classic is the first of Black Butte Ranch’s four signature golf events. And the field is filling fast.
No wonder, really. The two-person best-ball tournament — the highlight of what will be a busy June at Black Butte Ranch — might be the most satisfying of all of Black Butte Ranch’s tournaments. Open to fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, stepfathers and stepsons, fathers and sons in law, as well as uncles and nephews, the Father-Son Classic will create memories no matter how well a golfer plays.
“The generational aspect of the event is what makes it fun,” says Jeff Fought, director of golf at Black Butte Ranch. “I played with my son last year and it was an absolute blast.”
Fought plans on playing in the event again, this year playing with both his father AND son. Such arrangements are possible at the Father-Son Classic.
After all, the purpose of the event is not necessarily just to win. Sharing a moment in time with your father or son on Father’s Day Weekend is often a win in its own right.
“It’s a traditional father son, and that makes the event pretty special,” Fought says.
Cost is $225 per team (discounts for Black Butte Ranch annual passholders and homeowners do apply), and includes a coffee bar breakfast and an awards luncheon after the tournament. Prizes in both gross and net divisions.
MORE IN JUNE
The boys won’t have all the fun in June. On Thursday, June 11, Black Butte Ranch will hold its very first Ladies 9 & Wine event of the season. The tournaments, which will be held on June 11 and 25 as well as other dates spread throughout the summer, are specially formatted nine-hole ladies event at Big Meadow designed to be affordable and non-intimidating for women. Each tournament tees off at 3 p.m. Cost is $40 per golfer ($20 for annual passholders) and includes nine holes of golf, one glass of wine, cheese tray or light hor d’oeuvres. To sign up download the registration form, call 541-595-1500 or stop by the Big Meadow pro shop.
Two more Couples Hit & Giggle events will be held on Sundays, June 14 and June 28. Designed to be noncompetitive and welcoming to golfers of all skill levels, the Hit & Giggle tournaments are low-pressure events meant to be fun and social for couples. Tee times begin at 3 p.m. Cost is $99 per couple ($59 for annual pass holders), and includes nine holes of golf, glass of wine or beer, and a selection from a five-item menu. To sign up download the registration form, call 541-595-1500 or stop by the Big Meadow golf shop.
Beginning June 25, and held every Thursday thereafter through Aug. 20, Glaze Meadow’s practice putting green will host the Junior Putting Challenge. The fun events will begin at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday and include divisions for youngsters age 6 to 9-years-old (nine holes), 10-14 years old (18 holes) and 15-17 years old (18 holes). Cost is just $5 and includes golf balls and an ice cream sandwich. Coolest of all is that after the event families of four (two adults and two children age 17 or younger) can play Glaze Meadow for $60. To sign up, call 541-595-1500 or stop by the Big Meadow golf shop.