JC Golf: Third Annual Brewery Tour at Twin Oaks

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Eighteen holes. Nine local breweries.

If that’s your kind of golf math, we’ve got an event for you – the Brewery Tour at Twin Oaks on Aug. 8.

The tournament combines great golf and great craft beer for a unique afternoon on the golf course. This 1:30 p.m. shotgun scramble event allows golfers to sample a beer at every other hole. The nine participating local breweries each bring two beers for golfers to taste.

Now in its third year, Twin Oaks Tournament Director Scott Butler says the tournament already has a loyal following.

“I’ve got people booking eight-somes and 12-someones,” he says. “They want to make it a day with a group of friends. We had 40 people sign up before we ever sent out the e-mail announcing the date. Those people say it’s their favorite tournament now.”

The tournament is moving from Monday to Friday this year, which Butler expects will only increase the appeal of the event.

“If it can be, it should be even more popular than it was,” Butler says.

The premise of the tournament remains the same – it’s a safe and affordable way to experience the craft breweries of San Diego.

“You can never really go tasting to nine breweries in a day,” Butler says. “At most you could probably do three or four. And here you don’t have to worry about driving from one place to another. And you get to play golf.”

The five-ounce glass each player receives to taste samples doubles as a souvenir commemorating the tournament.

Butler says the tournament has become as popular with brewers as it is with golfers.

“The breweries are fighting to be part of it now,” he says, noting three new breweries – the Saint Archer Brewing Company, Modern Times Beer and Dos Desperados Brewery – join the line-up this year.

The returning six breweries are: Stone Brewing Co.; The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing; Oceanside Ale Works; Ballast Point Brewing and Mother Earth Brew Co.

Just as the event is a competition for the golfers, it’s a competition for the brewers as well. The golfers receive a scorecard to rate the beers – 1 to 5. The winning beer – the brew of the tournament – is put on tap for a year in the clubhouse, Butler says.

“Seeing as this is Southern California, it’s been an IPA both years,” Butler says of previous winners.

To boost their marketing and maximize the day on the course, Butler says some of the participating brewers create side games on the course and give out merchandise – hats, shirts, beer glasses etc. – as prizes.

“It’s cool that they’ve taken it upon themselves to find ways to make it a fun day for the golfers,” he says. “And it’s also cool for the brewers because it gets them in front of people who might not come to the brew house.”

For the $99 entry fee golfers, who must be 21 or older, receive:
• 18 holes of golf with cart
• Range balls
• On-course contests and food
• Souvenir tasting glass
• Two five-ounce beer tastings from each brewery

“To get 18 holes and 18 tasters, that’s a heck of a deal,” Butler says.

To reserve your spot today, call 760.591.4700.