Fourteen Women Brave Cold for Annual Mink Open Golf Tournament

January 5, 2016

Freezing temperatures and blustery winds could not stop the fifth annual Mink Open.

Held in Staten Island, N.Y., the Mink Open isn’t your standard golf tournament. Only four holes were played, with each player’s number of putts being the only strokes counting for their score. It was contested in temperatures that dropped below freezing, with players battling biting wind that would have sent less-determined participants running for the clubhouse. Oh, and several players wore full-length mink coats.

Yes, the Mink Open is a fur-required event played annually in New York that signals both the beginning of a new year and just how golf-crazed diehard hackers can be.

“Mink isn’t ideal for golf — it’s restrictive — but it definitely keeps you warm,” Dot Morel told The New York Times. “And if you’re playing golf in January, there’s not much else that’s going to keep you warm.”

Fourteen women gathered at Silver Lakes Golf Course to kick off the 2016 season in style. Some donned fur coats that almost touched the floor, while others wore only smaller fur accessories, such as earmuffs. One participant told The Times that “many group members are sensitive to animal rights and wear fake fur or garments handed down from family members.”

After the traditional mimosa toast before the event, the ladies headed outside to start the new golf year and returned after their rounds for lunch and cocktails.