Frozen Four

Friday August 19th, 2011

Chilly Open
February TBD; Chisolm, Minnesota
This annual event started in 1984 and traverses three nine-hole courses set up on Lake Minnetonka. Wind chills of -31 degrees didn't stop 500 hardcore golfers from teeing it up in 2007.
Entry Fee: $35
Phone: (952) 473-9595
Tournament Web site: http://www.wayzatachamber.com/chillyopen.html

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic
March 15; Nome Alaska
Played on a six-hole, par-41 course laid out on the frozen Bering Sea. Participants get shotgun shells to use as tees and "snake bite remedies" — small bottles of vodka — to ward off the chill.
Entry Fee: $50
Tournament Web site: http://www.nomealaska.org/vc/festivalframe.htm

The World Ice Golf Championship
March 20-25, Uummannaq, Greenland
This masochist Masters began in 1997 on a "course" that weaves among glaciers and icebergs 373 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The other players aren't your only competition: temperatures on the course can fall to nearly -60 degrees (F).
Package Fee: $2,826
Tournament Web site: http://www.greenland-guide.gl/icegolf/welcome.htm

Pillar Mountain Golf Classic
March 29-31; Kodiak, Alaska
It started with a bar wager. Over 20 years later, the world's sturdiest golfers, clubs in had, ascend 1,400-foot Pillar Mountain each April Fools weekend and trade their golf spikes in for crampons. The PMGC covers one weekend and one hole — a par 70.
Entry Fee: $50
http://www.2camels.com/pillar-mountain-golf-classic.php

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