December 14, 2022

Zynga Invites Players to Golf at the North Pole This Holiday Season in StarLark’s Golf Rival

Players Can Ring in the Holidays with a Festive, Food-themed Game Event


SAN FRANCISCO – December 14, 2021 – a global leader in interactive entertainment, announced that StarLark, a subsidiary of Zynga Inc. and the developer of Golf Rival, the fast-growing and second largest mobile golf game in the world, is kicking off the holiday season for mobile golfers with a series of themed in-game events. These events will allow players to tee up in an arctic winter wonderland.

With the Northern Lights in-game event running from December 20, 2021 through January 3, 2022, players will be able to enjoy fun holiday competitions that allow them to hone their golf skills in a festive and spectacular setting.

Set in the newly created Aurora golf course, Northern Lights transports fantasy golfers to the North Pole. The unique course features a beautiful holiday backdrop with colorful Christmas trees, fantastic ice sculptures and vibrant candy cane lights. The festival is split into two separate in-game events: the Aurora Vibes Special Challenge, a 12-round Player-versus-Player (PvP) challenge, and the Winter Wonderland Tournament, an 18-hole standalone challenge.

In the Aurora Vibes Special Challenge, mobile golfers use special festive golf balls and advance through rounds by defeating their competitors – while earning rewards for each round they master. If there is a draw in regulation play, the shootout round takes players to a nighttime version of the course, where golfers can test their skills under the spectacular light show of the Aurora Borealis. Players that complete the challenge will be rewarded with ultimate chest prizes that contain a variety of coins, gems, club cards, golf balls and legendary clubs.

Players who prefer to hone their golf skills solo can opt for the Winter Wonderland Tournament, a standalone event designed for players to sharpen their skills on the course and measure their progress. Players will complete Aurora’s 18 holes to try to achieve new personal best records and earn prizes. The Winter Wonderland Tournament is the perfect way for players to master the course and prepare for more challenging PvP competitions.

“At Zynga, the holidays are a time to offer our players creative ways to come together and enjoy competing in our games,” said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing at Zynga. “With its Northern Lights holiday event, the Golf Rival team has created a uniquely entertaining way to play golf with the spirit of the season.”

Starting December 20, Golf Rival players will also be able to participate in The Brink Game – Snowman Peak. This additional holiday bold beat features a unique twist. In the three-round playoff competition, players will try to get their ball as close to the hole as possible without sinking it. This event rewards precision and skill, as the closer players get to the hole, the higher the rank and score. If a player accidentally holes in the ball, a prankish character known as Snowman Peak pops out of the hole to knock the ball far away, giving the golfer a low score.

“The holiday season is a perfect time for mobile gamers to unite and play the games they love,” said Henry You, StarLark Founder and General Manager. “By creating a festive backdrop for players to compete, we created a fun new spin on fantasy golf that we hope players around the globe will enjoy.”

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Zynga is a global leader in interactive entertainment with a mission to connect the world through games. To date, more than one billion people have played Zynga’s franchises including CSR Racing™, Empires & Puzzles™, FarmVille™, Golf Rival™, Hair Challenge™, Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells™, High Heels!™, Merge Dragons!™, Merge Magic!™, Queen Bee™, Toon Blast™, Toy Blast™, Words With Friends™ and Zynga Poker™. With Chartboost, a leading mobile advertising and monetization platform, Zynga is an industry-leading next-generation platform with the ability to optimize programmatic advertising and yields at scale. Founded in 2007, Zynga is headquartered in California with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit or follow Zynga on TwitterInstagramFacebook or the Zynga blog.


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Jenny Taylor