Need to cure those winter blues and get some “exercise” as part of your New Years resolution? Join the estimated 200 plus putt-putt golfers for our fun filled 3rd Annual Winter Swing Event. Our event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 starting with a 10 a.m. check-in and ending around 6 p.m. The Winter Swing tees off from F.O. Eagles located at 1917 Oak Avenue in Mattoon. Participants will visit a total of nine local establishments ready to keep everyone well hydrated with all of their libation needs. Buses will be provided to transport everyone from location to location. We will have a “shotgun” start at Noon to begin the fun and exciting competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams at the conclusion of the event. We will also have a prize for the best dressed golf team, which should inspire some unique outfits.

The Winter Swing’s other eight putt-putt stops include The American Legion, Castle Pub and Gaming, House Brothers Tavern, Jackpot Joe's Saloon, Rookies Sports Bar, Spanky's Food and Spirit's, Suite Dreams Hotel and the Triple Nickel Saloon. Each establishment will be creating a unique and challenging miniature golf hole at their location. Many of these businesses will be running specials throughout the event and provide snack foods to keep you energized. Last year’s participants said they had a great time and enjoyed the opportunity to visit many of these establishments for the first time. One of the golfing spots, House Brothers Tavern, has the distinction of being the oldest business in Mattoon that is still in its original location. They share this honor with deBuhr's Feed and Seed store, both in operation on Western Avenue since 1914.

You do not need to bring anything to the event; we supply the putters, balls and even dinner sponsored by Land of Lincoln Credit Union and catered by Don Sol Mexican Grill. Now that we have whetted your appetite, your next question has to be how do I join the Winter Swing? You can simply go to the Mattoon Chamber website at www.mattonchamber.com for all the details on registering your team of 4 golfers. You can also find us at the Mattoon Chamber office, 1518 Broadway Avenue or give us call if you have any further questions at 217-235-5661. We look forward to seeing you there.

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. I look forward to the continued success of our community in 2018!

Ed Dowd is the executive director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce.

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