My very first date with my now husband was to the driving range, followed of course by ice cream. You might think this set the tone for years and years of golf, but what it really did was ensure that for our second Christmas together I received a pair of golf clubs and a few times every year we hit a par 3 course together.
I LOVE the driving range. I LOVE being outside. What I don’t actually love is a 6 hour day on an emotional roller coaster. It really makes me wonder why everyone who retires wants to take up golf; I swear it has to be one of the most frustrating sports. One minute you are on top of the world and every shot is awesome…the next hole well 10 strokes in you’re thinking the hole must have some kind of ball repellant on it. I mean there is a reason why they have beer carts on the course, right??
This weekend I helped out with my second Oakley Pro-Am tournament and that is the way to golf!! A DJ rolls around in a supped up golf cart blasting some awesome tunes…amazing and friendly Professional Athletes like Ken Griffey Junior and Gary Sheffield show up….the Oakley team is so beyond nice and hilarious you actually wonder if they are paid actors (they aren’t)…there is free food and drinks throughout the course…and at the end of the day is a great dinner and HUGE raffle.
Ken Griffey JR signing balls for the raffle and Sheffield just being cool. I think they shook everyone’s hand!
Mobile DJ Dax!
Every Oakley Pro-Am raffle benefits the Infinite Hero project. This program helps to fund projects throughout the country that are designed to support the families of Veterans. For example they support the children of military families with needed counseling or events…very cool.
Now this sounds like a stellar way to golf to me! Are you a golfer? If I can just find a course that will let me start blasting music David and I can hit the links all he wants!
Calories burned walking an 18 hole course carrying your clubs: est 1200-1400
Calories burned using a cart for an 18 hole course: est 600-800
Calories burned dancing to DJ Dax at every hole: est 600-800
SEE if I were to carry clubs and dance with Dax it would be like running a marathon! Speaking of which a day walking a course with your clubs takes a lot of endurance, so runners have an edge!
What does working a Pro-Am mean?
As an Ambassador for Oakley it means helping out at registration, giving all the players their swanky new Oakley attire in the Pro Shop…and lots of silly moments. From riding around in the golf cart to say hi to players throughout the day, testing out bikes in the raffle or singing “Wheels On The Bus” when someone picks you up in a stretch golf cart….or practicing your running form when the golf cart dies…it’s all fair game! THIS is the Oakley way, you have fun doing whatever it is you are doing.
I swear Palm Beach is what people picture in their heads when dreaming of a trip to Florida.
Can you tell I’ve learned a lot from these amazing people? No I’m not employed by them, no I wasn’t asked to write about this or post about it. No I didn’t get paid to attend…I just kinda really love being around them. Positive living is infectious.
On a side note for those who are not golfers, the Pro-Am literally means a mix of Professional and Amateur players. Many are the pro’s from local courses who instruct and others travel around playing in these tournaments. For Oakley the goal as always is really to just have fun, but it is indeed a competition with winners and a big finally at the Skull Cup where winners from each of the tournaments are brought in to play for the ultimate championship. I have to say these guys have way more fun than what I see on TV.
I am grateful for people who are a clear signal that work can and should be fun. And that you’re better at it when it is!