Intertidal golf

by Susan Anthony

What is it? Well, golf in the intertidal!

Also, it’s a Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser that occurs on a low low tide every year in the summer. Costumes are a must, and prizes given out for the best team costume. Check out the creative costumes in the photos below.

Lest you think it was all wet and grey, the sun came out (you can almost see it). Now the only obstacles are the massive amounts of Fucus. Credit: N Webster

Last year’s ball, now a loving limpet home. Credit: N Webster

Everyone meets at the Bamfield Inlet mudflats and gets a wedge (no drivers and putters necessary); then the whacking commences. The whole course is one big mud, water, and sand trap.  With additional obstacles such as rocks, trees, clams, algae, etc., this course requires you to  hone some skills that you wouldn’t require on any other course.

It’s not a rare occurrence to see someone whacking away at a ball while standing ankle deep in water, nor to hear someone shouting “FORE!” as a ball goes way off course towards another team.

Just adding to the fun, mud, mud, and mud. Especially around the “hole”. This means that even the most seasoned professional golfer has a challenge. Kind of levels the playing field. Credit: L. Palmer

Thermal image of hands. Credit: N Webster

It’s all for fun, and the money raised by the event goes to the Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department for new equipment.  This year, the money raised allowed them to purchase a thermal camera, which uses infrared to detect left-over hot spots from a fire.

Once you’re done batting around fruitlessly, racking up strokes, you hand in your score card (doctored or not) for comparison with others, and maybe buy a burger at the beached skiff starting area.  Erica won the ‘most honest’ award, for the second time in a row, while BVFD experts won with the fewest strokes. Best costume went to the Demons – Siobhan, Sara, Dane, Ross, Caroline.

Three Demons hiding in the woods! Credit: P. Demontigny

The day doesn’t end there, your intertidal golf ticket also gets you entrance to a delicious salmon BBQ for dinner: fresh local salmon cooked with three different sauces – Thai, herbs, and BBQ.

Finally, to round out the day, a performance by Chumbucket (featuring graduate student Greg McCullagh). They rocked until 1am, and are always a great time!  SO great in fact, we have no photos of the event.  Sorry.

Can’t wait for next year! Start dreaming up costume ideas that go well with gum boots!

Leys Lab (and friends) dressed up like a temperate rainforest. L-R Jasmine (thimbleberry), Pam (log), Brian (eagle), Nelson (ferns), Danielle (banana slug), and Sally (ferns) crouched in front. Credit: L. Palmer

The Palmer Lab. Dressed as Rich Palmer. L-R Suz (Rich Palmer), Nicole (Rich Palmer), Rich (Rich Palmer), and Jared (Rich Palmer). Jared is also sporting the lovely hat that comes with admission. Credit: L. Palmer