Your prowess on the par 3’s at the Reidy Creek Golf Course in Escondido could pay off in a big way in April.

At 10 a.m. on Masters Saturday, April 11th, a group of lucky golfers will tee it up on Number 18, the picturesque last hole at Reidy Creek, for a chance to win up to three years of free golf.

Spots in the finals are earned through three qualifiers that are taking place in March. The final opportunity is Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m. Admission to play the 18 hole qualifier round is $35, including golf and cart.

A hole-in-one in the finals of the Reidy Creek Par 3 Challenge, being held on the Saturday of the Masters’ Tournament, April 11, will win three years of free golf at Reidy Creek from JC Golf. A closest to the pin that doesn’t hole out will be awarded one year of free golf.

JC Golf Director of Golf Erik Johnson says buzz has been growing about the event: “It’s been building with each event and we expect a pretty dog-gone good turnout for the final qualifier,” he says. “And it’s certainly a great prize at the end.”

In the qualifiers, golfers play their normal 18-hole round and simply mark their closest to the pin tee shots as they would in a typical closest-to-the-pin contest. Each hole’s winner earns one shot at No. 18 in the finale.

On the day off the finale, April 11, each winner will claim their earned chances with a shot at No. 18 for the big prize. That hole will be a fitting place to spend Saturday during the Masters. The hole has a feel of Amen Corner, with a green sounded by water and accessed via a stone bridge.

“There’s a little water on the right and it’s a skinny green with a couple of tiers,” commented Johnson. “It’s a unique golf hole.”

Also on the day of the finals, a barbeque will be served with craft beer tasting for participants, who are invited to stay and watch The Masters.

For information about the event, call Reidy Creek Golf Cousre in Escondido, 760.740.2450.

For more information about the course, see my overview of the Reidy Creek playing experience: JC Golf: Five Reasons to Play Reidy Creek

ohnson says the qualifiers have also had the secondary benefit of introducing new players to Reidy Creek, a par 3 course with sophisticated greens. “The course has been around over 10 years,” he says, “but a lot of people are still discovering it. It’s real golf, just with shorter clubs, and it’s always in great condition.”

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