Golfers and non-golfers alike took advantage of the beautiful weather May 29 and gathered on the Tanasi Golf Course putting greens for the second Chip, Putt, Suds and Strings event.
More than 50 people from Tellico Village came out to enjoy friendly competition, tacos, drinks and free music.
“It’s actually to get golfers and non-golfers together and enjoy the golf amenity,” Jim West, Village director of golf operations, said. “It’s where you can have some good food, have some beverages, enjoy some live music and play in an unintimidating, really noncompetitive environment. It’s a format where a total non-golfer can do it and have fun. It’s the second one we’ve done and the first one went great. We’ve got more than 50 tonight, which is pretty good at 5 o’clock in the afternoon and it’s 90 degrees.”
Participants are teamed up in groups of two and have the choice of putting or chipping shots as they play twice through the putting greens.
Golfers are then allowed to play rounds of cornhole, where each bag in the hole reduces the team’s overall score by one.
“You can chip or putt every hole,” West said. “You can make it in one with a putter or wedge on every hole. It’s just a fun, easy competition. There’s nine holes and the cornhole board kind of throws a twist in it in the end. Each player gets a couple of tosses and for each one they make, they get to deduct a stroke off their score. Apparently, we have a couple of really good cornhole players out here. I was watching a couple of ladies dunk one after another.”
Diane Clementi decided to participate after hearing about the inaugural Chip, Putt, Suds and Strings in April.
“This is my first time,” she said. “I just enjoy the music in the background, the beautiful weather, the water view and friends.”
Clementi picked up golf over the last month and believes this event will help her develop putting and chipping skills, which are often overlooked by many golfers.
“I mainly just enjoy being around people and being outside,” she said. “I see myself getting better every time I play. It’s in small increments, but I’m getting better. I’ve been working on both.”
Chip, Putt, Suds and Strings is one of three new golf initiatives implemented this year.
“The demographic of today’s golfer is evolving and changing, so we have to have relevant programming to keep people engaged in the sport,” West said. “Sometimes, relevant programming means noncompetitive, fun stuff. The reception at our inaugural event was tremendous, especially from non-golfers. This is once a month during the last week of the month. The day of the week could vary depending on conflicts.”
Village golf professionals have also introduced The Palmer Cup, which is named after longtime Tanasi employee Denny Palmer.
The Palmer Cup features seven total events throughout the year, where golfers total up scores to compete in a final shootout in September.
“We have The Palmer Cup, which is held on Tuesday afternoons,” West said. “It’s an individual event that’s patterned after the Knoxville PGA Pro-Am Series, where our pros play in it. We blind draw teams afterward and you earn points based on how you finish. We have a year-end finale that the top point earners throughout the year participate in, which has been great also.”
Drive, Chip and Hike is another new program that allows golfers to play nine holes and walk the course to soak in Tanasi’s scenery.
For information about upcoming tournaments and events, visit online at http://golftellicovillage.com.