The San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club will host a grand opening event at the new Brengle Terrace Park Disc Golf Course on Saturday, Sept 8th. The event will include one round of golf, a raffle, ring-of-fire, putting contest and BBQ. The round of golf starts with a player meeting at 8:30am. The cost to participate is $20, with all proceeds going towards completing the new course. The first 72 participants to sign up will receive a commemorative disc provided by Legacy Discs and there are custom trophies for 1st place in each division, made using materials harvested during the course construction. Registration is available online at DiscGolfU.com. See the flyer for more details, or contact Randy Wylot @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-709-7927.
On the second Monday of each month, the San Diego Aces board meets to take care of club business and work on ways to promote disc golf in San Diego County. The executive board members and course reps are unpaid volunteers, receiving no compensation or perks for the work that they provide. Some of you may wonder from time what the board is up to, so here are a few highlights from last night’s board meeting:
- President Jeff Nichols reported on the status of the Brengle Terrace Park disc golf course. 16 holes are completed, with two holes yet to be finished. These holes must be finished and all signage installed before the October 1 deadline set by the City of Vista. Much more volunteer help is needed.
- Vice President Randy Wylot reported on the fundraising effort for Brengle Terrace. 9 $500 tee sign sponsorships have been sold and 6 of the 30 $100 kiosk sponsorships have been sold. These funds will be used to reimburse the club for construction expenses.
- A grand opening event will be held at Brengle Terrace on Saturday, Sept 8th. One round of golf (with a bagtag challenge for Aces members), a ring of fire and prize raffle. $20 donation required to participate, with all proceeds going towards construction costs. All participants will get a commemorative disc donated by Legacy Discs. Signups will be on DiscGolfU.com.
- Membership Director Mark Verrochi reported that the Aces were now up to 595 members! Morley Course Rep Donny Olow pushed that number over 600 with the new membership forms and payments he turned in at the meeting.
- The Sun Valley Open is coming up on August 25-26. The Aces are providing support to TD David Parnell as he puts on another great event. The Aces are providing the 9 baskets that expand the course from 9 to 18 holes and have secured 4 additional rubber tee pads (from Bakersfield’s Rocky Brown) for the course. Aces member Greg Olsen has been very busy working on course improvements before the tournament and Course Rep Dan Lichtman held a work party at the course over the weekend.
- Kit Carson Course Rep Tony Buck presented a map with some possible new tee and basket positions for the course.
- San Marcos Course Rep A.J. Risley reported on three items: the upcoming Ace Race at Montiel Park (Oct. 13th), progress on the grant project that will add 40 trees, irrigation and possible concrete tee pads for the back tees at Montiel Park, and the formation of a Disc Golf Team at Cal State San Marcos that will compete for the Southwest College Championship in November.
- Jeff Nichols also mentioned the success of Aces members at last weekend’s Sky High Showdown in Wrightwood: Max Nichols won the Open division, while Aces Secretary and Webmaster Allen Risley won in Advanced Masters.
There is a San Diego Aces Brengle Terrace Grand Opening event in the works for Saturday Sept. 8th. One round of golf, with a bagtag melee on the side for those who are interested (no need to participate if you don’t have a tag). $25 donation gets you a commemorative disc from Legacy discs. There will a separate prize raffle of donated merchandise. Signups will be on DiscGolfU.com.
Money raised at this event will be used to pay for construction expenses at Brengle Terrace. More details will be posted as they become available.
Join the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association on Saturday, October 13th for the 5th Annual San Marcos Ace Race! Last year, 130 players gathered at Montiel Park in San Marcos to try out a new prototype putter (newly named the “Zeppelin”), chasing after those elusive holes-in-one (“aces”). This year, we want 200!!! Or more!!!!!!!!
The Ace Race is a unique disc golf event, where all players use the same disc model to try to score aces. No putting (whew!), just tee shots. You play 36 holes on a shortened layout, conducive to the goal of “the more aces, the merrier”! That means 4 times around a very special version of the Montiel course – we have some tricks up our sleeves this year… The format is very flexible: you make up your own groups to play with and can throw your 36 holes whenever you want on tourney day, as long as you’re done by 3:45pm (so we can add up scores and give out prizes). And scoring is unique!: all you count are aces and “metal hits” (hitting any part of the basket, on the fly, skipping or rolling). It’s a great way to play your first tournament (or 200th).
Discraft sets the entry fee at $25. Every Ace Race around the country (world?) is supposed to charge the same amount. And what do you get for your $25? A lot! 2 Z-plastic prototype discs (yet unnamed), a full-color mini Ultrastar, an aluminum water bottle, a pair of sunglasses and a Discraft sticker. This year’s disc is described as:
“a long range driver, but it could be more accurately described as a hybrid driver…Faster than a Buzzz but slower than a Stalker, the disc offers players controlled fairway shots. At medium to fast speeds this disc will hold the line to finish with a slight hyzer.”
The Grand Prize for the player with the most aces has not been announced yet, but last year it was a new golf bag filled with eight new Discraft golf discs.
We run the Ace Race as a fundraiser for EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), a group that promotes disc golf in K-12 schools. We raised $800 last year and hope to surpass that this time around. Right now we’re looking for a local school to be the rcipient of the discs, portable baskets and disc golf curriculum that EDGE delivers to schools. Because this event is a fundraiser and not for profit, we ask all players to sign up in advance, so we can order your discs and schwag. Don’t expect to sign up on Ace Race Day!
This year, as in past years, we plan to have some extra optional competitions. For $1, you can buy into the Ace Pot, which is paid out to all of the players who get aces. Buy more $1 shares to get a larger chunk of the payout. We’ll also have the ever-popular mini Ace Race (one round for $1, play as often as you like, cash to the winner), and a separate hole-in-one contest (2 throws for $1) with the prize being a DGA Mach-3 basket.
Registration for the Ace Race is now available at DiscGolfU.com. Sign up today!! For more information, contact our Ace Race team at email@example.com.
BRENGLE TERRACE NEWS
Dear Aces Members,
To all those who have responded and come out to work at Brengle Terrace Park, we offer a sincere thank you. On July 7 we had a great turnout of hard working Aces members and accomplished enough to give a glowing progress report to the City of Vista. They are please with the progress, but we still have more milestones ahead to keep them happy.
More work will be done at Brengle Terrace Park this weekend. We need to top off and compact 6 tees with decomposed granite, install the rest of the tee mats and move the rest of a large pile of loose brush that was cut at prior work parties. That, along with installing some additional signs, will complete our August 6 deadline of completing 16 of the 18 holes.
Also, if possible, we will start clearing brush on the last two holes that need to be completed by October 1. We are counting on getting continued help to keep schedule. So please come out and work a couple hours and reward yourself by playing a round of 16 unique and challenging holes.
In other news, the Moonlight Amphitheatre is hosting their biggest event of the season and parking demands will require us to close holes 18 and 1 at 5 pm on Wednesday through Sunday for the next three weeks. The baskets will be removed or covered with a bag during these times. The city is quite sensitive to the interaction between their Moonlight functions and the disc golf course, so please comply and do not play these holes while they are closed.
Please call me with any questions or comments.
Jeff Nichols, President
San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association
The Brengle Terrace Disc Golf Course project dodged a significant bullet this week, thanks to the carloads of Aces members who have shown up the past few weeks to help with construction. THANKS to those of you who have been able to help us show the city of Vista that We WANT BRENGLE TERRACE PARK DISC GOLF COURSE!!! We were able to make enough progress to keep the course alive, and we’ll continue to need your help because there’s lots of brush left to be cleared.
But now the project needs another type of help: money.
So far the San Diego Aces have given a significant amount of support to this new course – the former Emerald Isle baskets and teepads (owned by the Aces) and $2,400 in cash to pay for materials. That money has been spent, and about $2,500 more is now needed to pay for more rubber teepads, materials for signs and equipment rental for things like wood chippers and tampers. Installation of the course cannot be completed without these items, and the city of Vista has set more deadlines for these items to be installed. If we don’t hit these new deadlines, the course gets pulled.
It was expected that the remainder of the funds needed to pay for construction would come from sponsorships – disc golfers or local businesses buying tee sign sponsorships or plaques for the kiosk at the first hole. Those sales have been very slow, which is why we need your help. Aces Vice President Randy Wylot has volunteered to coordinate the fundraising effort, but he can’t do it alone. If you would like to be a sponsor of this great new disc golf or know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please contact Randy by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As it stands right now, the Aces Board voted at its July meeting to spend the necessary funds to finish the course. But the money that the board pledged is needed to purchase membership discs and bagtags at the end of the year for 2013. If we don’t find sponsors for Brengle Terrace the club won’t be able to pre-order lots of discs and tags like we have in previous years. So…if you want 2013 membership discs and tags in December or January, help us find sponsors!
Thanks for helping us grow disc golf in San Diego County!
Dear Aces Members,
Brengle Terrace is in jeopardy!
I am writing this note to all members of the San Diego Aces as what could be
the final appeal for help on the construction of the Brengle Terrace disc
golf course. We received a letter from the City of Vista telling us to
complete 16 of the holes by July 12 or they will terminate our agreement. A
quote from the letter: “If not, the City expects the existing tees and pins
to be removed from the park and the grounds returned to their condition
prior to the start of the course construction.”
The impact of this goes beyond Brengle Terrace. Potential for new courses
all over the county will be hurt if we don’t succeed. The Aces reputation
with government decision makers will be tarnished. On the other hand, if we
do succeed, we can point to this course as another example of how disc golf
can work in city parks.
IF THIS HASN’T GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION, THEN DELETE THIS EMAIL AND GO PLAY
Otherwise, read on.
In December the Aces entered into an agreement with the City of Vista to
install the course within six months. In good faith we signed the agreement
with the belief that, with several hundred avid disc golfers in our
organization, we’d have the man-power to have it open in 2-3 months. I even
remember worrying about too many people showing up and thinking “how are we
going to manage all those people?” Well, that problem has not come to pass
and now we are struggling to meet our commitments.
There is one weekend between now and July 12. The work is scheduled to
begin around 7:30 AM until we are exhausted or run out of daylight on each
of the following days.
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and we are organizing prizes for a
raffle for those who work this weekend.
So please sacrifice a couple rounds of golf this weekend and come help us
get this course open. Once you see this place you will understand why such
effort has gone into it so far. It’ll be worth it.
Jeff Nichols, President
San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association