Could you make a hole in one 150 yards from the 18th hole? What about for $1 million?
Four lucky people will have a chance to do just that at the Honorine Golf Classic Aug. 2 at The Country Club of Darien, thanks to a Million Dollar Helicopter Ball Drop. Just before the tournament’s dinner, the helicopter will drop all the numbered balls purchased by individuals in advance onto the driving range. The 20 closest to the flag will receive gold envelopes with prizes worth up to $3,500. Holders of the four closest will have an opportunity to shoot it out on the 18th hole. Whoever gets a hole in one from 150 yards out from the flag wins $1 million. (If more than one person makes the shot, the prize is split.)
Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $130,000 to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This year, it adds another, local beneficiary – The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded in 1988 in Ashford, Connecticut, by the late actor and Westport resident Paul Newman to give seriously ill children and their families a chance “to raise a little hell” in summer and year-round. The camp could use the support as a fire destroyed a space housing several program areas in February. But the camp is operating at capacity this summer and will begin rebuilding in September, says Andrea Keefe, Hole in the Wall’s director of corporate and community partnerships.
We’ll have more on the Honorine in an August WAG story that looks at how golf is good for business and nonprofits. In the meantime, here are the tournament details:
The eighth annual Honorine Golf Classic takes place Aug. 2 at The Country Club of Darien, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $475 for individuals and $1,700 for a foursome and include lunch, dinner and entertainment. Tickets for the dinner alone are $125. WAG readers can mention code WAG 21 for a discount on golf tickets. For more, visit honorinegolfclassic.com or call 203-762-9990.