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Playing Outdoors: Snolf, birding, free golf, kids fishing lessons highlight upcoming events

Terrace Lakes Resort in Garden Valley has found a way to extend the golf season even with snow on the ground.

The resort hosts Snolf.

Snolf is played on a groomed trail on the golf course. Snolfers wear boots and walk the nine-hole course that borrows from mini golf with windmills and other challenges. The golf ball has been replaced by a tennis ball, players only get one club and heckling is encouraged.

The Snolf Bowl is Saturday. The cost is $10 per person including a nacho bar. Registration is at 11 a.m. and play begins at 12:30 p.m. After the four-person scramble, four teams will advance to the Snolf Bowl playoffs — a three-hole horse race.

If you’re interested, call 462-3250 or email the Snolf Director at walzie33@gmail.com.


Birding season begins

The Hagerman Bird Festival is Feb. 12-14. The event welcomes beginners as well as experienced birders. The registration deadline is Feb. 10.

The same weekend is the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes during the Feb. 12-15 holiday weekend. Last year, more than 140,000 people submitted bird counts online, observing more than 5,000 species.

We’ll have an in-depth package on birding in the Treasure Valley in March.

Ladies night, free golf at Boise Golf Show

The Boise Golf Show is Feb. 12-14 at Expo Idaho. Two key notes about the event this year:

— Friday, Feb. 12, is Ladies Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Admission includes special offers and prizes aimed at women, light hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket, free play on the long drive and putting contest, a fashion show, raffle tickets, quick tips and a Q&A with local teaching pros. Women also receive two free single-day tickets to the Women’s PGA Championship near Seattle. Last year in Spokane, the ladies night drew 240 participants, according to show organizers.

— Every adult paid admission to the golf show includes a free round of golf from Eagle Hills. If you purchase online in advance, you also receive a two-for-one certificate from RedHawk and a $10 coupon for Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls that is only redeemable at the show. Admission is $12, with kids 12 and under getting in free. Tickets are cash only at the door.

Tickets are available online here.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14.

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Kids learn to cast

The Cabin Fever Reliever is Saturday at Karcher Mall in Nampa, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids First Cast will have an indoor pond set up for kids to practice casting at targets. Kids also can learn about places to fish, water safety, fingerprinting, archery and gun safety (with a pellet gun).

More info here.

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