Up North: Three Decades Later Bob Maas' Golf on Ice Tournament Still a Hit

Updated: March 18, 2020 10:50 PM

Three decades ago Bob Maas grabbed an auger and began drilling holes on Fish lake. However ice fishing wasn't his goal. With tennis balls, clubs and friends he teed off Freedenberg's first annual Golf on Ice tournament. 


"It's a great event for the last hurrah of the season before the ice melts," said Tammy Benson, the owner of Blue Max bar and restaurant in Freedenberg.

"He had this thought of everybody getting together and having a great time, a great party. You know, friendship, love, that's what it's all about," said Jim Maas, the grandson of Bob Maas, the founder and namesake of the event.

Two generations later, Bob's grandson Jim, is happy to see the party is still as fun as getting a hole in one.

"This means a lot to me because basically there's only a few of us left and my grandpa would be so proud to see what's going on and I know he's here with me, he's here with my family," said Maas.

This year Blue Max and the Eagles Nest Resort came together to host the event. Around 20 teams of two, three, four or more grabbed some grub then trekked onto the lake testing their skills on the nine hole course.

"There's prizes for second and third prize we make trophies and then we get stuff from our vendors to give out for prizes," said Benson.

"We are bringing the team average down for sure but it's a great way to be outside with your friends and your neighbors and all the people that live up here," said golfer Miranda Benson. "It's just a great community thing that they do," added her friend and fellow golfer Amy McClure. 

Golfers used the untraditional outing to break away from normal equipment. Some used hockey sticks as clubs and sleds, ATVs or snowmobiles as golf carts. 

"I know so many people that do it every year but this was the first year that I braved it and tried it because I have never golfed before, but it was fun," said first time participant Kari Archambeau.

Maas explained the concept is simple, "we do this for a great time and that's what it's all about". 

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