If the apparent requirement to dress in brightly colored plaid is the only thing that puts you off trying golf then Lincoln City’s Community Days has got the game for you.
On Friday, April 24, the time-honored tradition of Mudflat Golf will make its return to Siletz Bay. Play will run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, when low tide will have banished all that pesky water, revealing acres of flat, compact sand.
There are no collared shirts required to play mudflat golf, and spikes are frowned upon. The preferred attire is rubber boots, jeans and an old sweatshirt.
The squishy underfoot conditions mean that holes are not an option — so players settle for hitting the ball into Hula Hoops scattered across the bay floor.
Dave Price, president of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and longtime mudflat golf aficionado, said the unusual course lets players get away with behavior that other clubs simply would not tolerate.
“I can honestly say that, one April not too many years ago, after playing nine holes of Mudlfat Golf, I dropped to my knees and dug up 10 or 15 purple varnish clams from the last teebox,” he said. “So, while I went home with an appetite after a bracing afternoon on the breezy and cool Siletz Bay mudflat, I also went home with dinner.”
As well as being a quintessential piece of Lincoln City fun, the Mudflat Golf tournament is affordable — at just $5 for nine holes. Proceeds benefit the Taft High girls golf team, whose members also help present the event, with great help from Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Mo’s Restaurant, the Lincoln City Rotary Club and others.
The tournament is just one of the more than 20 special events that comprise Lincoln City’s Community Days. Others include the community-wide putt-putt contest and the return of the Beach Bark, a casual dog walk along the beach ending with an affordable barbecue hamburger lunch at The Eventuary.
The celebration will conclude at Chinook Winds Casino Resort on Saturday, April 25, with a banquet that honors Lincoln City’s volunteers and unsung heroes, starting at 6 pm.