First Annual Cooke City Open Container Golf Tournament
Gorillas In The Mist


Mark Miller of Red Lodge tees off in the foggy bottom of the old mine tailings waste dump, converted to a 9-hole course for the Open Container Open. Miller who announces horse races at the Billings track, was assisted by loose score-keeping.




Mike "Cash" Hefron and D.L. "ElGrande" Hofstad prepare their clubs for the open. The potato canon served as their driver.



ElGrande on the tee. Amazing driving distances can be achieved with a small, hard potato and a trailing wind.

Leo and Pat of the Soda Butte Lodge which sponsored the event provided refreshments dispensed from a roving four wheeler.

Viewed from No. 1 tee, the course looks better than it actually is. There were only two rules enforced: no non-alcoholic beverages allowed and only pickup trucks with mudflaps allowed on the course. Funds raised in the tournament were donated to the Cooke City School Fund. Silver Gate and Cooke City residents voted to purchase the former Cooke City Catholic Church. With the help of a score of year-round and summer residents of the two tiny mountain towns,the old log church building was turned into a warm and beautiful school for students in grades 1 through 9. There were seven students in 1998-99.

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