Our golf league asked me to create a mystery event. As a mystery novelist, I jumped on the idea of merging the golf game with the CLUE board game. We held the event this past Tuesday and the players raved about it . . . “The best event we’ve ever had.”
Partners in Crime
Golfers got in the act by dressing as CLUE characters: Miss Scarlett, Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock. Their mug shots in front of the line-up board were fun to do and will be posted in the club’s newsletter. The two golf pros dressed as Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum. Eight husbands donned police uniforms and badges to help out on the course.
“Knock ‘em dead,” I called out to the 112 players as they drove out to the course for the simple shotgun scramble. To each pin on the course, I tied an envelope containing one CLUE card. If the team shot a par or better, they opened the envelope. In their “detective’s notebook” they recorded the clue. Back at HQ they announced / guessed the solution to the crime.
Who dunnit? Miss Scarlett, with a rope, on the putting green.
Decorating the Crime Scene
Sadly, the young assistant pro got the role of victim. His chalk-outline was around the hole on the two par-three holes. That was the funniest surprise for the players. Another body-outline was in the dining room surrounded by fake blood splotches, evidence markers, and crime-scene tape.
We had “Death by Chocolate” table favors, black and red napkins, bloody handprint balloons, a trail of footprints, etc. My favorite decorations were the centerpieces. One of the committee members got the idea on Pinterest to photograph a CLUE board and have it printed actual size. We positioned a printed CLUE board on each table, with a set of balloons held by a black weight, and surrounded it with bookmarks I’d gotten from my mystery-writing friends.
Though I didn’t intend to market my mystery novels, the league president announced I was an author. She asked what my books were about, so I gave my spiel. I also gift wrapped my books for door prizes.
You can base any party on the CLUE game and have a great time. The Clue part and decorations were inexpensive to do. More ideas are on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/jeannemeeks on my Mystery Party board. If you want to do a golf/ CLUE event, e-mail me at http://www.charthousepress.com, and I will send you details on all the above and a list of how to incorporate CLUE into a golf event. Enjoy!