Celtic festival celebrates oldest Scottish sport

James Wilson
Sports Reporter

  In conjunction with the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce’s Celtic Festival held at the Barn Complex in Blairsden, Plumas Pines will throw a Celtic Golf Tournament the following day, Oct. 7.

  Brandon Bowling, Plumas Pines’ professional golfer and the event coordinator, plans to fill the day with festivities.

  Check-in will take place before 9:30 a.m., allowing golfers to use the putting practice area and driving range.

  Bowling plans to have a bagpipe musician playing traditional Scottish tunes to get everyone in the mood for the event. A traditional Scottish drink will be given to each participant for a toast to the bagpiper.

  Participants are encouraged to don Scottish attire, as part of the themed day includes a costume contest.

  Golfers will get a chance to play the game as it was originally meant to be played in a putting contest with a traditional wood shafted putter.

  “We have a really old hickory-shafted putter,” said Bowling. “Everyone today is using modern technology and we want to bring you back to the good ol’ days when golf was more difficult to play. The shaft of the putter is crooked and it looks really funky.”

  Everyone will have one long putt, and whoever is closest to the pin wins. In case of a tie, there will be a sudden death style putt-off.

  The shotgun start will be at 10:30 a.m. The tournament is a four-person scramble format, so handicaps are not required.

  “Even if folks have only played golf once or twice,” said Bowling, “it should be OK. With the scramble format, really anyone can contribute.”

  Based on the number of players, a hefty prize will be awarded to anyone that makes a hole in one on the par 3 11th hole.

  After everyone gets a round in, an awards ceremony will take place at Longboards Bar and Grill. Plumas Pines will award prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and best Celtic costume.

  Participants can keep themselves busy with appetizers provided by Sean Conry, Longboards’ resident chef.

  Registration costs $89 and includes golf cart use. Proceeds will go to the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce. The Celtic Festival along with the golf tournament are major fundraisers for the chamber.

  “This is really important,” said Bowling. “The funds will help keep the chamber’s doors open, help promote tourism and in turn help the local economy. This is ultimately our goal.”

  For more information on the tournament call Plumas Pines Golf Resort at 836-1420 or go to

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