While golf certainly comes to mind when thinking of Florida, it usually does not involve boats and aiming at holes that are actually on the water. This month however, that is very much the case as participants will tee off in the Conch Scramble on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Islamorada.
In this unique on-the-water golf tournament, teams of four and a “caddy,” their designated boat driver, make stops at nine Islamorada waterfront venues and come ashore to tee off. Each player has two shots at the floating “holes” using golf balls which are biodegradable and turn into fish food after 90 hours in the water.
Proceeds raised from the Conch Scramble will help fund athletic programs and facilities for Florida Keys students as well as academic support programs.
The charity golf weekend kicks-off with a party and team registration slated for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. The opening event will be hosted by Bob and Kathy Mau at their exclusive waterfront property at mile marker (MM) 80.9 oceanside. Non-golfers are also welcome and can purchase kick-off party tickets for $35 each.
To help with the fundraising, a live auction and a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned with live bidding to take place Sept. 26 at the kick-off party. Bidders can also participate in an online portion of the auction now through Sept. 26 at www.conchscramble.com.
On Saturday, participating teams are to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Islamorada Fish Company, MM 81.5 bayside, for breakfast, hole location assignments and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
An awards ceremony will take place later that day at 4 p.m. at the Ocean View Pub & Inn, located at MM 84.5 gulfside. Trophies will be handed out to the top three scoring teams, plus additional honors will go for the best hole location, most team spirit and best costumes.
Event information and online registration: is available at: http://www.conchscramble.com.