17th Annual Putt-Putt on Pine Tees Off Thursday

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On Thursday, May 31, Leadership Long Beach hosts its 17th Annual Putt-Putt on Pine for the hundreds of wacky golfers to enjoy eating, drinking and exploring downtown Long Beach. This year’s event will have restaurants and business in three areas of Downtown Long Beach with wacky miniature golf along the way, plus the evening ends in the parking lot of MillWorks (the former historic Press-Telegram building) for the showing of the best golf movie, Caddyshack. All of this fun, food and excitement including prizes and a silent auction is just $40 a player.

Now in its 17th incarnation, Putt-Putt on Pine is a miniature golf tournament that has restaurants and businesses in downtown Long Beach and the East Village host a miniature golf hole that provides appetizers and beverages (alcoholic, in some cases). For the registration fee, the golfers can visit the establishments, play the golf hole-which in many cases is themed to the business/restaurant, sample the appetizers and drinks (there may be a small charge for the alcoholic ones), and compete for prizes/gifts. Groups of players can form teams around wacky themes with the spirit of the event built more on visiting, exploring and supporting businesses and restaurants. Overall, the golf portion of the event is not competitive, but the fun is.

Golf hole locations will include familiar locations such as L’Opera, George’s Greek Café and Taco Beach on Pine Avenue; Utopia, District Wine and Appleby Real Estate in the East Village; and new locations through HOPA (Historic Old Pine Avenue) include Kress Market, MADHaus (Music Art Digital media) and Vayden Roi Galleries. Local artists will be available to assist locations, especially the new ones, to help create golf holes to match their business. Golfers will help judge the best and hardest golf holes as well as vote on the holes with the best food and drink.

Putt-Putt on Pine is the signature Leadership Long Beach’s FUN-raising event to raise money for the organization premier principled leadership programs and activities. Putt-Putt on Pine supports and promotes the businesses of Downtown Long Beach and the East Village as well as provides a social outing for residents to see and visit the area in a very casual and comfortable setting.

17th Annual Putt-Putt on Pine event details:

Registration cost: $40 per player. Sign-up at www.leadershiplb.org or http://puttputtonpine17.eventbrite.com. Sponsorships are available.

  • 5: 30 PM – Players check in at MillWorks (the former historic Press-Telegram building) 604 Pine Avenue, pick up scorecards and silent auction opens.
  • 6 PM – Players head out to play their designated course. Transportation to miniature golf hole course locations via a special LB Transit shuttle.
  • 8 PM – Players return to MillWorks for awards and prizes, recognition and thanks to sponsors and supporters.
  • 8:45 PM – Caddyshack begins.

About Leadership Long Beach:

Leadership Long Beach was founded in 1989 by some of our community’s most influential and visionary stakeholders. These founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by developing and motivating leaders on issues important to the future and sustainability of our city. The leaders developed by the Leadership Long Beach program have shared experiences, associations and values that enable them to set imaginative, yet realistic goals, and achieve them through coordinated and effective strategies. Leadership Long Beach has three principled leadership programs – Leadership Long Beach Institute, Youth Leadership Long Beach and Executive Quick Start –and also offers continual leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year.

With 22 years of history, Leadership Long Beach is a community leadership program designed to develop demonstrated community leaders by increasing their knowledge of the Long Beach community and creating networks of individuals who can help each other solve community challenges. More than 700 leaders have graduated from the adult programs since the inaugural class of 1990 and half currently serve on area boards and commissions.

For more information visit www.leadershiplb.org.

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