As I watch the U.S. Open on a Monday, it just doesn't seem to have the same feel. To me, there is just something special about winning a major on Sunday. Not that the winner of this year's U.S. Open will care what day it falls on, but as a fan I would liked to have seen them finish this tournament yesterday. Obviously, thanks to rain and darkness, that just wasn't possible, so I was thinking, why not play at night? There are already golf courses with lights on them and there are also companies that you can hire to bring lights out to a field. There are also balls that glow in the dark, which sounds like a lot of fun, but all of this is not what I had in mind. I am talking about golf with night vision goggles on. Now that is entertainment! Television producers could even provide fans of a night vision view of the golf course. Granted this may not be the most ideal situation for the golfer, nor may it be the greatest idea, but it sure would be entertaining. How funny would it be to watch Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods playing down to the wire wearing night-vision googles?
I have actually played night golf before when I was much younger and it was only a par three course but it was a lot of fun. It a feel of a more importants sporting event, probably because I played baseball all my life and was used to important games being played at night time. Obviously, it would be much more difficult playing at Beth Page Black at night than a par-three course, but it would definitely be something new and I bet more people would watch it than any other golf tournament in the history of the game. A major championship played at night. Can you imagine that? And if you are not a fan of lights being on a golf course, you could always opt for the glow-in-the-dark ball.
And look at these goggles. Yes they look heavy and uncomfortable, but not only would the players be able to see, but they would look like special armed forces on a secret mission to dominate every hole on the golf courese. As a matter of fact, if the PGA doesn't like my idea I think I am going to start my own golf league. OK, so it would probably only include me and about three of my drunk buddies that would do anything than involves night vision goggles and the chance to hit a golf ball at night. Either way, we would probably be able to break a few windows and get away with it. And also, as I was searching for what a golf course would look like while looking throught night googles, I found this picture which was labeled as an infrared golf course. I'm not quite sure if that is accurate, but it looks pretty damn cool and I would love to play on a course that looked like that no matter what kind of head gear I had to wear. This may be a dumb idea, but at least I have something to do this weekend.