Local Golfers Test Skills During After Dark Golf Challenge Event

Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Balls, Necklaces and Glow Sticks Keep Nighttime Golf
Challenge Competitors On Course To Win

IRVINE, Calif., (Oct. 14, 2013) ― Oak Creek Golf Club, a Tom Fazio-designed public golf course ranked among the top 50 U.S. courses in 2013 for women by Golf Digest, will host its first annual Glow Golf Skills Challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.  Hosted after dark, experts and novice players will test their skills without the benefit of daylight in four key areas:  longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one, chipping and putting.

Fees to participate in the Glow Golf Skills Challenge at Oak Creek are $57 to $65 and include glow in the dark golf balls, glow necklaces, and entrance to the reception at the Oak Creek Cafe following the challenge event. The challenge area will be dimly lit, and walkways and paths will be marked with glow sticks.

Any player who makes a hole-in-one at the closest to the pin contest will win a one-year Gold Membership to Oak Creek Golf Club, a $7,000 value offering a year of unlimited golf on the course.

“This is going to be a fun event with the excitement of competing at night which is unusual for golf,” said Rob Tanaka, director of golf operations at Oak Creek Golf Club.  “The technology of night gear in golf has changed a lot. The balls today are LED powered, and the light is activated 20 minutes at a time each time it’s dropped. The LED balls are also much brighter compared to the older ones with glow sticks at the core.  You can really see them fly.”

Tanaka said this first annual Glow Golf Skills Challenge event will be limited to 80 players and is open to anyone interested in competing. Players can register for the Glow Golf Challenge by visiting the Oak Creek Golf Club pro shop at 1 Golf Club Drive Irvine, or by calling (949) 653-5300.

Ranked by Golf Digest in 2013 as one of the nation’s top 50 courses for women, Oak Creek Golf Course is an official practice facility for University of California, Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Northwood High School, and Irvine High School.

In 2013, Oak Creek Golf Club was ranked as having the best practice facility, the third best opening hole, the third best greens, and the fourth best course in Orange County in the Reader’s Choice category by Southland Golf Magazine.  Last year, Oak Creek Golf Club was ranked as a top 50 Golf Range in the U.S. in by the Golf Range Association of America.

Oak Creek Golf Club is a public course designed by famed golf course architect Tom Fazio and is owned and operated by Irvine Company. The grounds include a state-of-the-art practice facility featuring 65 natural turf tees, a 9-acre all-terrain landing area, two practice greens, and a large practice bunker.  The facility includes a clubhouse available for private events such as weddings and receptions, and a pro shop featuring Nike Golf, Nike Apparel, Ashworth, Callaway, Cool Clubs, Taylor Made, Titleist and Ping brands. The Oak Creek Cafe, which is open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour, is the ideal after-game location to relax indoors by the rustic fireplace or outside on the scenic patio.

Membership programs at this public facility offer golfers access to daily savings, special events, and promotions.  Membership programs at Oak Creek Golf Club can apply only to the Oak Creek facility or as a dual benefit program to both Oak Creek Golf Club and the Pelican Hill Golf Club.

“We’re interested in hosting more events like this that bring our players together for social and learning opportunities, and also offers players not familiar with the course a chance to experience the facility and meet other players,” said Tanaka.  “As a public course, Oak Creek has a very active player’s club that continues to grow in popularity thanks to the quality environment, the excellent playing experience and value we offer.”

Designed by leading golf course architect Tom Fazio and opened in 1996, the 18-hole Par-71 Oak Creek course is a golfer’s sanctuary. Ranked by Golf Digest in 2009 with “4 Stars” and as one of the “Best Places to Play,” Oak Creek also features Orange County’s “Finest Practice Facility,” as rated by Southland Golf Magazine readers in 2009 and 2013. With a 100-yard wide natural grass practice tee, three practice greens and a large practice bunker, golfers of all skill levels have access to world-class resources to help improve their games. Located in Irvine, Calif., in central Orange County, Oak Creek is an hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. For more information, visit