Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce golf tournament tees off Sept. 14

Golfers can win a trip to either Thailand, Iceland, Bali, or South Africa

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is returning in full swing this year.

This is the 15th time the tournament has been held in Sooke, after taking a year off in 2016. Chamber president Kerry Cavers said they didn’t have the tournament last year because “the fate of the golf course was uncertain” at the time they were planning it.

She explained that this year they are stepping it up by adding activities at many of the course holes so that even people who aren’t golf experts can have just as much fun.

Some of these activities include a Jell-O shooters hole, a “beat the pro” hole where people attempt to out-drive a pro golfer, a marshmallow drive hole, shortest drive, a hole that someone gets to choose which club you have to drive with, and more.

Participants will golf nine holes in teams of four, and this year the tournament is 19+ due to alcohol being served on specific holes throughout the day.

The event will also feature a drink cart, a stocked bar, and Grilled to the Mac food truck will be on site for people to enjoy.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Cavers. “And it will give businesses a chance to network in a non-business environment.”

Some tournament sponsors this year are Telus, the Sooke News Mirror, and Sooke Oceanside Brewery, who will have a tiki bar and will serve drinks on one of the holes.

Cavers said there will be a dinner following the event, as well as music and a silent auction, and on the first hole the chamber is sponsoring a nine to 11 day trip to either Thailand, Iceland, Bali, or South Africa if someone gets a hole-in-one.

“The community as a whole needs to come together, and work together more because we’re not each others competition, we’re each others colleagues,” said Cavers. “By doing these kinds of events people get the chance to build relationships which opens the doors for more collaboration. Once everyone starts working together, the progress for the business community becomes exponential.”

Seventy-two golfers are expected to participate in the tournament at thee DeMamiel Golf Course, and half of the tickets have already sold. Tickets cost $35 for golf and dinner for chamber members, and $40 for non-members.

Guests are welcome to join after 3 p.m. for music and dinner, and tickets cost $20 for members or $25 for non members.

To register for the tournament or to find out more, please go online to SookeRegionChamber.com.

dawn.gibson@sookenewsmirror.com