Saturday brings a free driving range, various games, obstacle course, giveaways and plenty more

LYNDEN ­— Homestead Farms Golf Club is hosting its first-ever Homestead Games for anyone looking for a local summer event to fill their Saturday.

The family event, filled with everything from obstacle course races to a free driving range and random giveaways, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the golf course, 115 E. Homestead Blvd.

“With the golf course, fitness center and the restaurant, Steakhouse 9, we thought we’d have a get-together and do this thing,” said Homestead Fitness Center owner Bill Robins. “It’s open to the community. It’s open to anybody. You don’t have to be a member here, that’s for sure. But it’s also an appreciation for our members and customers.”

Expect plenty to do for both kids and adults. There will be two free obstacle course races, one for ages 7 to 14, and the other for ages 14 and up, with prizes for first, second and third places.

Robins urges people to sign up quickly for these races as slots are filling up fast.

“We’ve got a big obstacle course we’re going to set up on the greens there for a race that a lot of people are signed up for,” Robins said. “We’re still hoping for more people to sign up.”

Other races include a wheelbarrow walk, a three-legged run with a teammate, a bucket carry and a sandbag run. The races are the only events people need to sign up for beforehand.

Kids will also have a bouncy house to play in with an assortment of lawn games, with a DJ playing music.

Starting at 9 a.m. and running for two hours, the driving range will also be freely open to all, along with the putting green.

“On the driving range, you can hit golf balls,” Robins said. “There will be a pro out there giving lessons and so forth. There should be a lot people that aren’t golfers that will want to grab a club and give it a try.”

Plenty is planned for the adults, too, Robins said.

“This is totally contradictory for our fitness center, but a friend of ours has a mobile cigar lounge that he’s going to be out there with for the golfers, mainly,” Robins said.

Steakhouse 9 Bistro and Lounge will also be having a barbecue, serving $3 burgers and $1 beers for hungry event-goers.

“It’s just going to be a fun day and an appreciation — kind of a community thing,” Robins said. “We’ve never done it before and we thought it was time to do it.”

Here’s a rundown:

Kids Race, ages 7-14 (obstacle course):

  • Burpee long jump
  • Weighted rope pull
  • Rope course
  • Wheelbarrow walk
  • Three-legged run
  • Farmer’s carry

Kids will be teamed up in pairs of two. There are different weights for different ages for the farmer’s carry and rope pull. 

The kids’ top prize is two one-hour passes to Summit Trampoline Park; two admissions to Birch Bay Waterslides; two Bellingham Bells tickets; and two $5 gift cards to Lynden FroYo. 

Second place earns: two one-hour passes to Summit Trampoline Park; two admissions to Birch Bay Waterslides; and two Bellingham Bells tickets.

Third place: two one-hour passes to Summit Trampoline Park and two free bowling passes at Park Bowl in Bellingham. 

All prizes were donated by the businesses involved.

Adult Race, age 14 and up, (obstacle course):

  • 250-meter row
  • Tire flip (men’s and women’s)
  • Sandbag run (men 40 pounds, women 25 pounds)
  • Bucket carry (men 70 pounds, women 50 pounds)
  • 50-foot bag pull (men 110 pounds, women 75 pounds)
  • .2-mile run

Adults can go solo or have up to four people on a team. Everyone will race at separate times and Homestead Fitness manager Jillian Robins will email you your estimated start time on Aug. 14.

The adults’ first-place prize is: a $100 gift certificate to Homestead Fitness Center; $100 gift certificate to Homestead Farms Golf Club; and $100 gift certificate to Steakhouse 9 Bistro and Lounge. 

Second place is a $75 gift certificate to each of the Homestead establishments, and third place is $50 certificates. 

Event times and their sponsors are:

  • Free driving range and putting, 9 to 11 a.m., Manna Insurance. A pro golf player will be giving tips. 
  • Tin Can Cigar Lounge, 9 a.m. DJ Ricardo Gonzales and his right-hand man, Dominic, will be there playing music, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • bouncy House
  • corn Hole
  • vitality Bowls will be giving out samples of superfood bowls and smoothies.
  • a ton of random giveaways

There will be $3 burgers from Steak House 9 and $2 beers (good local beer), also with the Snack Shack open for sodas and other beverages, bottled beer/seltzers/wine coolers, snacks (nuts, chips, candy bars, hot dogs, etc.)

Various races go from noon to 5 p.m. The DJ will announce the person or teams for each race. Homestead workers will mark down their times and announce the winners after everyone is done. 

For racers, Jillian is putting together packets with free driving range passes, golf balls, protein bars, car stickers, one-week passes to Homestead Fitness Center, drink tickets, coupons to Steak House 9, Gatorade and more.

Random drawings (donated by the businesses) for anyone who attends the event included, as of Monday:

  • one haircut from Mariah Lange at Studio 104
  • two personal training sessions from Emma Winton at Homestead Fitness Center
  • two one-hour passes to Summit Trampoline Park
  • a $25 gift certificate to Lynden Skateway
  • a Bellingham Bells ticket
  • a trucker hat and sticker from Willadee Worthington at Oceans of Love 
  • three $20 gift certificates and water bottles to Fairhaven Runners and Walkers
  • six PBfit protein powders from Courtney Reeves and PBfit
  • two beer glasses, sunglasses, a trucker hat and growler from Overflow Taps
  • a $25 gift card to the Green Barn
  • Beast Spartan Race entry donated by Josh Drummond, of Edward Jones in Bellingham 
  • two T-shirts or tank tops by Homestead Fitness Center
  • two sweatshirts by Homestead Fitness Center
  • two flexfit hats by Homestead Fitness Center

Eric Trent covers sports for the Lynden Tribune.