The Fatty’s Golf Tournament in Breckenridge wasn’t always what it is today. The costumes and craziness have been a part of the tournament from the start, but the golf course has not.
It wasn’t until just eight years ago that the official Fatty’s Golf Tournament was played on the Breckenridge Golf Course. Before that the unofficial tournament, which began in 1977, was played in the streets of Breckenridge with players hitting whiffle balls from bar to bar.
Rick “The Pup” Ascher has been involved since the beginning.
“Back then, it was sponsored by the police department and there were parts of the course where you had to hit it over the Blue River, up an elevator and hit it off the roof and make it through a basketball hoop,” he said. “People used tennis rackets, hockey sticks, baseball bats — whatever they could get their hands on to hit the balls with. It was complete debauchery.”
Costumes were, and still are, highly encouraged. Ascher said his team always tries to stick with current events or what’s “trending” when they pick their costumes. They have been everything from a NASCAR foursome with their carts decked out as racecars to Father McDaniel and “Duck Dynasty.” His team has always put more effort into costumes than golfing and has won the costume contest in four of the last five years.
While people still wear costumes and hit balls around, it is now done on a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course, with real golf balls, Fatty’s Restaurant at the helm and an organization to play for. This year’s beneficiary is the National Repertory Orchestra, and all proceeds will benefit the orchestra’s youth programs in Summit County.
Fatty’s hosts the tournament, and teams can take a bus to the course from the restaurant, play the course and ride back to Fatty’s for a buffet dinner and even more fun. There will be a silent auction as well as numerous prizes, one of them being for the best costumes. Other rewards will be given for hitting the ball closest to the water without going in, closest to the sand without going in, closest to the cart path, for the longest drive with a putter, as well as a $25,000 cash hole-in-one contest for whoever can hit that illusive shot.
The tournament fee of $500 per team includes a golf cart, box lunch, gift bag and buffet dinner at Fatty’s for each player. The tournament sells out quickly each year, so be sure to register your team early. Hole-sponsorship opportunities are also available, with packages ranging from $125 to $5,000.
Michelle Lewandowski is the marketing and public relations intern for the National Repertory Orchestra.