Rotary club plans 5th annual Indoor Golf Classic

The fifth annual Indoor Golf Classic calls for a night of good fun and creative holes. The yearly event will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St.

“The event is a putt-putt golf course that makes its way through the hotel using props and obstacles provided by the sponsors of each hole,” said Marc Schefsky, general manager of the Genetti Hotel.

Still contending with fluctuating, and often frigid, temperatures, the Genetti Hotel Indoor Golf Classic provides a fun, warm getaway from the isolation and boredom of the season, perfect for golf enthusiasts, those looking for a little fun this winter and the whole family.

In past years, the event has consistently attracted large numbers of participants ready to putt their skills to the test, pun intended.

“We generally run about 150+ people through the course,” Schefsk said.

Schefsky and those who flock to the Genetti to tee off enjoy the creativity that goes into building the course.

“River Valley Transit creates one of the most unique holes using old bus tires, and even the mini RVT bus,” Schefsky said.

No need to haul your clubs downtown to the Genetti — putters and golf balls will be provided.

Golfers have a great time putting around the hotel on holes that include elevator rides and stair challenges, one of which goes from the lobby into the basement.

Because the course evolves and changes each year, it is always an interesting surprise for both new and returning golfers.

In addition to all the fun, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the local Rotary Club No. 5331 charities, like the Loyalsock Interact Club, which is a youth club focused on worldly education and community service. It is one of Rotary’s fastest-growing programs.

What began as an annual fundraising pitch to the Rotary Club has grown into an ongoing staple for the Genetti Hotel that gives back to good cause, gives local businesses publicity and brings child-like fun back to winter.

The Williamsport Rotary Club No. 5331 has been serving the city since its inception in 1915 as the 173rd club in the world. The club actively engages in fundraising efforts and values “service above self” in its mission to make Williamsport and Lycoming County a better community, according to Rotary Club No. 5331’s website.

After a long afternoon of albatrosses, eagles, birdies and hopefully no bogeys, dinner is available for purchase at the Genetti Taphouse, conveniently located on the corner of West Fourth Street and William Street in the Genetti Hotel.

No reservations or tee times required. Large groups are welcome and children golf at a discounted price.

“(The Indoor Golf Classic) has evolved quite a bit over the years,” said Schefsky, who expects the event to be a hole in one for years to come.