We've heard of night putting with the daughter of the dean, but "DUI goggle putting" is a new one. Seems like cops really know how to have a good time when not in uniform.
The gimmicky golf hole is actually "everybody's favorite" during the annual Phoenix Police Crime Lab charity golf tournament on Saturday, says the lab's Erin Hurley. The goggles are typically used in demonstrations by police about the dangers of drunk driving.
"They simulate a .15 alcohol reading," says Hurley. That's the state limit for extreme DUI. "It's not what your eyes would see but how your brain reacts to it."
Golfers must walk with the goggles on before putting. "It's really hard," she adds.
That's probably true. But a real .15 blood-alcohol reading -- that actually improves our game sometimes.
Other specialty holes (without the goggles) include "Closest to the Crime Scene" and "Walk a Straight Line Drive."
About 144 people are playing the tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Phoenix, near South Mountain, with roughly half being cops and the other half business-types, Hurley says.
The money raised will go toward:
The event is already booked up this year, but you can always simulate the simulation at your local golf course by making good use of the beer cart.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.