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The Open @ Sun Valley – Sept. 7-8 2013

August 15, 2013

Sun Valley Golf Course in La Mesa will once again host a PDGA-sanctioned, SoCal Series event.  This year called The Open @ Sun Valley, the tournament will give players another chance at taming the challenging 18-hole “SVO” layout.  Registration is available online at  Pro and Men’s Advanced Amateur (MA1) players will play 3 rounds (2 Saturday, 1 Sunday) while the remaining players will play 2 rounds (1 per day).   Sunday’s activities will wrap up with the traditional Doubles/Skins challenge, where players with the top scores for the weekend are matched with raffle winners.

Many thanks to our major sponsors – Innova Disc Golf and  Fundraiser discs (Gold Star Terns, Glow Champion Whippet-X’s, Champion Metal Flake Shark3’s, Champion XD’s and Atlases) will be available for sale in advance, with all proceeds going to the event payout.

If you would like to sponsor the event or have any questions, please contact Tournament Directors Allen Risley (, 760-822-7641) or Chad Nichter (, 260-517-3802).


Brengle Terrace Work Party on Saturday, 7/20 (and other news)

July 17, 2013

Highlights from Tuesday night’s marathon board meeting:

- Brengle Terrace work party this Saturday, 7/20 from 8am until sundown. Come for however long you can. We will be re-installing holes 14 & 15 in new locations. Meet at tee #16, please bring tools for digging.  The baskets will NOT be re-installed until all work is done, so if you want these holes open soon, please help out.

- Kit Carson baskets 16, 17, 18 should be back in place by the end of next week. It’s taking a little longer in order to make the baskets vandal-proof.  Course Rep Tony Buck has some tricks up his sleeve.

- 6th Annual San Marcos Ace Race is August 10th. Sign-ups are only $25 on  This event is run as a fundraiser for EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), helping put discs and baskets in our local schools!  The Ace Race will be the last big event at Montiel before the big remodeling project that will add trees, ground cover and irrigation to the course.

- The Open @ Sun Valley is Sept. 7&8, played on the 18-hole Sun Valley layout. PDGA & SoCal event. Sign-ups later this week on

- Sun Valley August Monthly (Sunday, 8/18) will be played on the 18-hole layout as a warm-up for the O@SV.

- Basket #16 at CSUSM is being relocated to the area near holes 17 & 18.  The new hole will become hole #18.

- Goat Hill has added new carts!

- Sycuan has set up a 3rd set of tees on all 9 holes.

- Closing in on 600 members for 2013!

- North vs. South will be played in October. Qualifier events for both teams will be announced soon.

2013 San Marcos Ace Race Coming Soon!

July 11, 2013

acerace13_poster_webJoin 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).

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!  last year players received 2 prototype discs, a full-color mini Ultrastar, an aluminum water bottle, a pair of sunglasses and a Discraft sticker.  Details on this year’s player pack and a description of the disc will be released July 22nd. 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 over $1,000 last year and hope to surpass tht this time around. Since the SD Aces started partnering with EDGE, we have secured EDGE disc and portable basket packages for the City of San Marcos Recreation Programs, Vista Magnet Middle School, Cardiff School and a yet-to-be-named school in Escondido.  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 completions. 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 better payout.  We’ll also have the ever-popular mini Ace Race, and we may have a separate hole-in-one contest (2 throws for $1) with the prize being a portable basket.
August will be your last chance to see Montiel Park in its current “barren” form.  The park will close early in September for several months as the City of San Marcos does a major overhaul of the landscape.  When it’s time for the Ice Bowl in January you’ll see a “new” Montiel Park with lots of landscaping, trees, upgraded trails and heavy-duty erosion control measures.  The Aces have been working with the city to make sure that these enhancements add to the safety, challenge and playability of the disc golf course.
You can sign up for the Ace Race at

Why Should I Join This Club?

July 11, 2013

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.

Goal: 18 Holes at Brengle Terrace

July 11, 2013

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

Arrows (not Aeros) Flying at Kit Carson

June 17, 2013

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.

Who Plays Disc Golf?

May 28, 2013
Do you know these disc golfers?

Do you know these disc golfers?

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 (, 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  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!


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