Visiting 12 bars in one night while wearing your best country club golfing attire may sound like something out of a funny dream, but for UNC seniors, “Bar Golf” is one of the most anticipated nights of the year.
Held this Friday, Bar Golf is a longstanding, senior-led tradition unique to UNC. While wristbands are sold out, seniors who missed the sale can still participate in the tradition apart from the organized event.
“It’s a rite of passage,” He’s Not Here General Manager Fleming Fuller said about the night.
The event begins at 8 p.m. and the ultimate premise is to have at least one drink at each of the popular Chapel Hill bars, while keeping score of the drinks one consumes.
Fuller said the hype leading up to the event is part of what makes the tradition so exciting.
“I mean, when do you get an opportunity to have 1600 people playing the same game?” he said.
In terms of game rules, the night follows that of a traditional golf outing — 12 bars or 12 “holes” and each drink serves a certain number of points.
“Every bar is different, but at most bars there's three drinks,” Senior Emily Grund said. “The first drink will be something small and if you drink that, that's a bogey. And then if you get the second drink, that’s par, and then if you drink a third drink, that's eagle.”
Traditionally, a par is the expected score of the hole, while a bogey is one stroke over par, and an eagle is two strokes below par.