Join the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association on Saturday, August 10th for the 6th Annual San Marcos Ace Race! Last year, 165 players gathered at Montiel Park in San Marcos to try out a new prototype midrange (afterwards named the “Zombee”), 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 ace-able version of the Montiel course. 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).
A week or so ago someone posted a question on our Facebook page: “why should I join this club?” Great question! Off the top of my head, the answer would be “because you like disc golf”, but that’s really not a good answer. You can like disc golf but not have any need or interest in joining a local club. This question deserved a little more thought. So I put aside the mapping project that was driving me crazy for a few minutes and came up with some better answers. Here’s what I replied with:
Here are a few reasons why you should join this club:
1. To help get more courses in San Diego – the club has provided funding and labor to help put in several courses in the past 5 years.
2. You want more PDGA tournaments – the club has run or supported numerous PDGA events at Goat Hill, Brengle Terrace, Sun Valley, Sycuan, Kit Carson and CSUSM.
3. You like less competitive charity tournaments – each year club members run Ice Bowl tournaments to raise money for local food banks and Ace Races to raise funds for EDGE.
4. You want to see more kids play disc golf – funds from the Ace Races and other events have been donated to Educational Disc Golf Experience, who has (or will soon) put discs and portable baskets in schools or youth programs in San Marcos, Escondido, Vista and Cardiff.
5. To get one of our cool club-logo discs.
6. To get some of the prizes that disc manufacturers give the club because of our large disc orders.
7. You want to participate in the bag tag competition, searching for the elusive black tags.
8. You want to be part of the North vs. South Team Challenge, playing match play on 4 of our local courses, just for bragging rights.
9. You want to support the club’s efforts to improve our local courses – we handle maintenance at Kit Carson, Montiel and Brengle Terrace, and do a bit of grunt work at Sun Valley, too.
10. You want to be part of one of the largest non-profit disc golf clubs in the U.S., and share your talents and enthusiasm to grow and improve the sport in San Diego County.
Not everyone wants the same things out of a club, but there’s a lot to choose from with the SD Aces.
Brengle Terrace Update: Baskets 12 & 13 have been re-installed and are ready for play (thank you Randy Wylot). There is still fencing in place to keep park users out of the areas where habitat restoration is in process. Disc golfers are asked to do their best to stay out of these areas. The city will be cutting a few entry points in the fencing, so please do not crawl over the fencing. The fencing will probably be in place for the next few years (perhaps as long as 4-5 years).
Holes 14 & 15 will be relocated during the remainder of the habitat restoration project. The Aces board is working with the City of Vista and Kinetic Disc Golf to get the relocated holes designed and installed. The board will vote on the relocation at next week’s meeting. Our goal is to get the relocated holes installed ASAP, and in time for the upcoming Kinetic tournament on Sept. 14/15.
WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP! If you would like to participate in work parties to install these tees and baskets, please email Aces Vice President Randy Wylot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hole 18 at Kit Carson park will be closed from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday this week (6/17 – 6/21) as the Boy Scouts work on their archery skills. Please skip that hole, we don’t want to see any discs get impaled by arrows.
Do you ever wonder how many people play disc golf on our local courses? Some days, when you’re waiting in line behind two or three other groups to tee off, it seems like millions. The number is more likely in the thousands or tens of thousands, but we really don’t know how many people play. Those of us who have sat down to talk with city and county parks officials are asked this question pretty much every time we talk to them about adding a new disc golf course on their park land. My answer to them is much different today than it was when I installed my first disc golf course in Tallahassee, FL back in 1984. But the answer is still a guess.
So here’s a possible solution, one that we’re calling Who Plays Disc Golf?™ Day. The San Diego Aces have chosen Saturday, June 15th as the day to count how many people play disc golf. We plan to have volunteers on hand at each of the public disc golf courses in San Diego County, all day long, to meet and greet (and count) all of the people who play disc golf that day. Volunteers will be stationed at a particular hole at each course to count the number of people who play that hole. We’ll have information available about disc golf, our local courses, where to buy discs and our upcoming events. We may also have some prizes to give out to those who pass through. Players will also be asked to answer a few anonymous questions, and pose for a picture if they’d like. We will take the information and photos we collect and post them on our web site (www.sandiegoaces.com), so the public (and public officials) can see just how many people play this great game.
Of course, we could use some help. That’s where you come in! If you would like to volunteer a few hours to help out at one of our courses, please contact an Aces board member, or post a comment on this page or our Facebook page (or email email@example.com). Volunteers will all get a custom-stamped disc with the Who Plays Disc Golf?™ logo, and we’re working on getting lunch (or breakfast, or dinner) donated for our volunteers. Having information on how many people play disc golf will help us demonstrate to the power-brokers that we need more courses in San Diego County!
Holes 12 through 15 at the Brengle Terrace Park disc golf course will be closed until further notice as the City of Vista works on a development project. The city has received a grant to extent the walking trail that previously ended near tee 15. The trail is being extended eastward along Vale Terrace Dr. Part of the trail project is to remove all non-native species vegetation from that area, which includes several large trees. It is unsafe for park users to be in the work zone, and several baskets were in areas where large trees could fall and damage them. Players are being directed to skip from hole 11 to hole 16 during the project.
Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend this year, this Sunday, May 5th. And if you want to play some disc golf on Cinco de Mayo, the best place to do it will be at Goat Hill in Oceanside (trust us, Kit Carson and Brengle Terrace will be nearly unplayable because of picnickers). The Challenge @ Goat Hill returns for it’s third year, and this year the date was moved earlier to the weekend of May 4-5. This will be the first time that Goat Hill has hosted a 2-day disc golf event and it will be a big one. 80-100 players are expected, and sign-ups are still available on DiscGolfU.com.
One bit of bad news: no carts. Goat Hill currently does not have enough carts to assure all players of having a cart and PDGA rules state that if all players can’t have a cart, no one can have a cart. But there’s more than enough good things to outweigh that. One round per day allows time for side events. After Saturday’s round there will be a separate cash doubles round, with bring-your-own partner rules. There will be three divisions, based on PDGA player rating (under 1800 combined, 1800-1899 combined, 1900 and over combined). After awards are handed out on Sunday will be the return of the Voodoo Disc Golf Final 4 Challenge – 4 Pros, 4 raffle winners, 4 holes, 4 $100 skins. And the raffle winners also get a prize from Voodoo Disc Golf.
There’s a great list of sponsors, which means players will be treated to great player packs and prizes: Innova Disc Golf, DiscGolfValues.com, Vodoo Disc Golf, Legacy Disc Golf, DGA, West Coast Disc Golf, San Diego Aces and Diabolo Beverages.
A few spots were left as of Monday afternoon (4/29), you can sign up at DiscGolfU.com. There is a lot of information being posted and discussed on the event page on Facebook – check it out: The Challenge @ Goat Hill – Cinco de Goat-o