The evening begins with an endless plate of appetizers and free beer (or soda) as they wait for the sun to go down. Because when it gets dark that’s when the real fun begins at Bear Mountain Golf Course.

If you haven’t tried playing a round of golf at night, you’re missing a fun time. The scorecard at the end of the evening might not reflect that fun, but all the smiles will.

More than 30 golfers took part in the Glow Golf event at Bear Mountain Golf Course on June 29. What is glow golf? We’re glad you asked.

First, let’s talk about the golf course, which looks more like a runway at a major airport than a golf course once the sun sets. Glow sticks line the course, mark the greens and tee boxes and serve as the pin at each hole. Golf carts are fitted with LED lights to help other golfers see the traffic on the cart path. And then there are the golf balls — glowing a variety of colors when the club strikes them.

Course marshall Gary Conrad says the response to glow golf has been “fantastic.” “We see new people, local people, visitors, all having a great time,” Conrad says.

Course manager Bjorn Bruce explained to the large group the rules of the game. Carts must remain to the right of the white lights on the path. “It’s all about safety,” Bruce says. “We don’t want you to end up in the pond or the creek,” he says.

Even with the last light of the day still keeping the sky relatively bright, the course quickly sinks into darkness. And when night arrives, golfers can barely make out the front of their hands much less the cart path. Those glow sticks and LED lights come in handy.

So, you want to give glow golf a try? There are a few more rounds available this season. The next two rounds are during the holiday weekend — Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. Another two rounds are available Aug. 23 and 24. Call 909-585-8002 to RSVP. Reservations are required.

Cost is $59 per person and includes finger food from the Clubhouse Grill and one draft beer or fountain soda, one glow ball, greens fee and cart rental. Additional glow balls are available for purchase at the Pro Shop. Dinner is at 7 p.m. The round begins with a shotgun start at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit The Bear Mountain Golf Course is at 43102 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake.

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