Flatstick partners with Sugar Pine Foundation for May fundraiser

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe’s first indoor mini golf course, Flatstick Pub, also known as Tipsy Putt, will be teaming up with The Sugar Pine Foundation to give back to South Lake Tahoe’s environment and community.

Each Sunday of May, Flatstick Pub will donate $1 for every beer and $1 for every round of mini golf purchased.

Flatstick Pub’s one-of-a-kind mini golf course encourages camaraderie and a chance to bond with fellow civic-minded citizens over the needs of our community. Guests can learn from The Sugar Pine Foundation’s representatives how their efforts meet the challenges of their mission head-on.

Locally-owned and family-operated, Flatstick Pub – also known as Tipsy Putt, seeks to enliven and empower their community by hosting Sunday Fundraisers once a week every month. The goal is to raise $200,000 for local nonprofit organizations in 2022.


The Sugar Pine Foundation is dedicated to counteracting the effects of historical logging and the presence of a non-native, invasive fungal pathogen and restoring sugar pines and other white pines in the Lake Tahoe region and beyond. Sugar pine formerly comprised up to 25% of Tahoe’s mixed conifer forests at lake level.

After the Tahoe Basin was clear cut to provide timber in the Comstock Era, sugar pine now accounts for 5% of the forest. Over 95% of sugar pine and other species of white pine are killed by an incurable fungus known as white pine blister rust. The SPF works to save Tahoe’s sugar pines by identifying trees that are resistant to the fungus, collecting their cones and planting their progeny.

Each year, the SPF plants over 10,000 sugar pine seedlings that come from resistant parent trees.

By educating and involving thousands of local volunteers of all ages in hands-on forest stewardship through planting events, cone collections, outreach and school events, the SPF is working to ensure that this beautiful native species remains on the landscape around Lake Tahoe.

Since 2008, the SPF has planted over 155,000 trees on 2,747 acres with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers.

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