Floating greens, golf boats and biodegradable fish-food golf balls highlight the annual “par-tee” on the water during the popular Conch Scramble charity golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 30, in Islamorada.
A full field of 50 teams has entered this one-of-a-kind golf experience to have a “hole” lot of fun honing their swings and raising money for charity one shot at a time. Boating and golf enthusiasts can still participate as spectators, including attending the kick-off party Friday, Sept. 29.
The opening party, from 6 to 10 p.m. at SD Marine Group, MM 85, bayside at the base of the Snake Creek Bridge, includes games, food and drinks. A silent auction and a 50/50 cash raffle will highlight the evening. Nongolfers are encouraged to attend the festivities and can purchase tickets for a $50 donation at conchscramble.com/events.
During the tournament, teams of four and a designated boat driver “caddy” make stops at Islamorada waterfront venues and come ashore to tee off. Each player will take shots at the floating holes using biodegradable golf balls that dissolve into fish food after 90 hours in the water.
Other locations where patrons can see and cheer on the fundraising teams include Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, the Oceanview Inn & Sports Pub — known locally as the “OV” — and Marker 88. An awards ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at a to-be-named waterfront property.
Trophies await the top three teams with the best scores, while additional honors are to recognize the best hole location, most team spirit and best costumes. Proceeds from the popular lighthearted golfing challenge help fund Florida Keys charities.