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January 7, 2019
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Later this week there will be a big announcement regarding a strategic partnership between The Challenge and another important name in disc golf. But we have to let them make the announcement first…

2019 Starts With a Bang!

January 1, 2019
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New Year’s Resolution #1 – post more on the San Diego Aces website.

So…here goes.  We’re one day into the new year and already have over 180 members signed up for 2019!  THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Kit Carson Park on New Year’s Eve and Colina Park Golf Course on New Year’s Day for our year-end/year-beginning bag tag challenges.  Over 100 players braved the rain at Kit Carson to battle for the first set of odd-numbered bag tags (the North gets the odd numbers by virtue of their win in the 2018 North vs. South Challenge) with over 70 showing up for a beautiful day’s round at Colina Park.  When we crunch the numbers and sort the spreadsheet, here are the winners of the coveted black tags to begin 2019:

  • #1 – Max Nichols – Shot 45 at KCP
  • #2 – Carlos Caballero – Shot 42 at Colina
  • #3 – Clint Calvin – 46 at KCP
  • #4 – Mike Westerman – 43 at Colina
  • #5 – Cris Johnson – 46 at KCP
  • #6 – Hunter Ramp – 45 at Colina
  • #7 – Johan Gehrisch – 47 at KCP
  • #8 – Allen Risley – 45 at Colina
  • #9 – Kyle O’Neill – 47 at KCP
  • #10 – Tracey “Noonin” Crowder – 45 at Colina

Ladies’ tags were also on the line. After the two rounds, here are the top ten Ladies’ tag holders:

  • #1 – Charlotte Towle – 62 at KCP
  • #2 – Alejandra Puga – 50 at Colina
  • #3 – Jenna Johnson – 63 at KCP
  • #4 – Hayley Dumont – 54 at Colina
  • #5 – Liz Silva – 65 at KCP
  • #6 – Shallon Lowry – 59 at Colina
  • #7 – Danielle Bell – 70 at KCP
  • #8 – Madison Ramirez – 59 at Colina
  • #9 – Jennifer Knox – 73 at KCP
  • #10 – Chandelle Butterfield – 64 at Colina

173 unique players played in the two events (some played in both). Full results are available here. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped out with the two events: Mikey Slager, Jerry Jones, Mike Lamb, Tracey Crowder, Christian Cullen, Randy Wylot, Maxine Duncan, Jeff Donatoni, Dave Weltsch and Allen Risley.

We also want to thank all of the people who signed up both days for their patience. We gave out tag numbers but weren’t able to pass out the tags…because the tags haven’t been delivered yet. Our vendor made a mistake with shipping and the tags are still on the road with UPS. As soon as the tags arrive our Aces Board members will be distributing tags at local events (Ice Bowls, doubles, etc), our local courses and various bars and watering holes. If you are owed a tag and have a preferred place for picking it up, send a PM to our SD Aces Facebook page to let us know.

We’re looking forward to great things for San Diego disc golf in 2019: a bigger and even better Daniel Boe Memorial tournament, A-tier status for The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, more Ice Bowls than ever, a new course in Chula Vista (and more in the works), another great year of Aces’ monthlies and countless other PDGA/SoCal tournaments, doubles leagues and putting leagues. Join us out on the course!

Aces June Rotating Monthly at Colina Park

June 27, 2018

The Aces Rotating Monthly traveled back down south for the month of June, with 39 players descending on Colina Park Golf Course for a two round event on Sunday, June 17th.  Aubrey Daniels took the title in Open, beating a field of 10 players with a two round total of 90 throws (42/48).  Aubrey’s total was one throw better than Don Burdette, who had the second round highlight of getting an ace on Hole 18 and taking home the Colina Park Ace Pot.  Pat Franklin took third with a total of 95.  There was no Advanced division this month, as all of those players decided to bump up to Open to challenge for a greater pot.

Fourteen players competed in Intermediate, but none of them were prepared for the second round score of 40 carded by Rene Ramirez on his way to a two round total of 87 and the win.  Rene’s 14-under round included 2 OB’s and an ace on Hole 4 (his final hole of the tournament).  Alex Walczak was second with a total of 91 (47/44), followed by Mike Lamb in third (47+45=92).  Robert Santos won the Recreational division with a two round total of 97 (47/50), followed by Chris Troie in second (51+50=101) and Billy Donovan in third (51+51=102).  Jennifer Burdette was the brave, lone woman in the field and fired a two round total of 120.

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Aces’ June Monthly at Colina Park – Top Finishers

After 4 monthly events, the leaders in each division are as follows:  Aubrey Daniels in Open, Clint Calvin in Advanced, William Lynch in Intermediate, Mike Bloomfield in Recreational and a tie in the Ladies’ division between Kim Cottrell and Jennifer Burdette.

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The Aces Rotating Monthly heads back north in July, going to Brengle Terrace Park on Sunday, July 22nd and will serve as a combination San Diego Aces and Brengle Bombers monthly, so both sets of bag tags will be in play.  Watch for pre-registration soon on DGU.

Brengle Terrace DGC Closures this Summer

June 15, 2018

It’s summertime, and while that means there are more hours of sunlight in the day to play disc golf, it also means there are more people wanting to use our local parks for things other than disc golf.  Brengle Terrace Park in Vista has a great disc golf course, but it is also the jewel of the City of Vista’s collection of parks, so it has many different uses and fills many roles.  What that means for us is that there are times during every summer when the course at Brengle is either partially or totally unavailable for disc golf play.

Here’s an email that the Aces recently received from Rob Johnson, Recreation Manager with the City of Vista that outlines course closures this summer.  Please refrain from playing the course (or specific holes) during these closures:

Greetings, the Moonlight season is upon us as well as some of our special events and wanted to give you a heads up as it will effect some of the course as well as some total course closures.

· Scottish Highland Games – Course closed June 22, 23, and 24

· 4th of July – Course Closed

· Movies in the Park – July 14 and August 11 – Holes closed after 5pm (near and at grass parking lot and above the softball fields – Holes 4, 5 and 5A)

Moonlight Season

June 12 – June 30 (no shows on June 18, 25) Holes closed after 5pm (near and at grass parking lot and above the softball fields – Holes 4, 5 and 5A)

July 17 – August 4 (no shows on July 23, 24, 30, 31) Holes closed after 5pm (near and at grass parking lot and above the softball fields – Holes 4, 5 and 5A)

August 14 – September 1 (no shows on August 20, 21, 27, 28) Holes closed after 5pm (near and at grass parking lot and above the softball fields – Holes 4, 5 and 5A)

September 11 – September 29 (no shows on September 17, 18, 24, 25) Holes closed after 5pm (near and at grass parking lot and above the softball fields – Hole 4, 5 and 5A)

For the hole closures due to Moonlight, we can be flexible until parking arrives.

If there are any other events that occur I will let you know.

Thanks

Rob Anderson

Recreation Manager

City of Vista

It is important for the disc golf community to respect these hole closures, if we want to maintain a positive relationship with the City of Vista.  Please find other places to play on those days when the course is closed entirely (June 22-24, July 4).  When the Moonlight shows are going on we need to bypass holes 4, 5 and 5A – and possibly hole 2 if the south side gate is being used by the ticket office.  And on other holes, as always, if you see other park users in the fairway or near a basket DON’T JUST YELL “FORE!”  Someone walking their dog in the park or trudging up the hill to see Phantom of the Opera won’t understand why you’re yelling “fore”.  Wait a few minutes to throw until they have moved along, or walk closer to them and talk (not yell) to them to explain what you’re doing with your discs.

Thanks for your help!!!

Disc Golf on “Ball Golf” Courses

June 4, 2018

With the addition of Mission Bay Golf Course, we now have three local “ball golf” courses that have baskets and allow disc golf play:  Mission Bay, Colina Park, and Goat Hill Park.  If you expand your view out to all of SoCal, there are even more choices: Colton Golf Club, Lake Forest Golf Park, David L. Baker Golf Course (Fountain Valley), DeBell Golf Course (Burbank), Desert Winds (29 Palms), Mission Hills (North Hills), Van Buren Golf Center (Riverside), and Weddington Golf and Tennis (Studio City).  That’s a lot of courses where disc golf baskets are side-by-side with golf greens (and sometimes foot golf holes).  In fact, the greatest proportion of our local disc golf expansion has occurred on ball golf courses, not in public parks or on private property.

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Local Pro Mike Slonim, navigating the tricky fence that guards basket number 4 at Mission Bay

Many of us who play disc golf have little or no experience on ball golf courses, whether it’s because of the cost or the fact that we have felt that traditional golf just doesn’t fit our attitudes and lifestyle.  But adding baskets to existing golf facilities has become one of the most viable ways to create more places for us to play disc golf, so you can expect to see more of these “hybrid” facilities in the future.  Unfortunately, the transition of disc golf from public parks and remote wooded areas doesn’t always gone smoothly, and that has become evident from the types of comments (and sometimes complaints) that the managers of these golf courses have made to those of us who design/install courses and run events.

If you’ve been playing disc golf for a while you might have had a chance to play disc golf at Emerald Isle Golf Course in Oceanside.  EI is a middle of the road executive-length ball golf course, a bit rough around the edges, but it was a superb disc golf course, with ample distance shots, tight pin placements to OB greens and bunkers and seven (yes, 7!) holes that played over or along water hazards.  Never got a chance to play EI?  Well, you can give thanks to knucklehead disc golfers that caused the baskets to get pulled because they drove the golf carts like dune buggies, drove carts across greens, rummaged in the backyards of neighboring homeowners for lost discs (sometimes climbing on roofs!) and did other things we won’t mention that homeowners would rather not have happen in their backyards.  Bad disc golfer behavior caused the homeowners association to vote the baskets off the course.

Now, times have changed and those of us that lost miss Emerald Isle have done a lot of education to newer players to try to keep these same things from happening at our newer hybrid courses.  Consider this article to be another round of education.  Here are some hints and tips that you should follow if you want to maintain (and even increase) our disc golfer access to ball golf courses:

  1. Respect the facility – treat it with care.  Ever wonder why golf courses charge higher rates for us to play that our disc golf only pay-to-play courses?  It’s because they spend a lot of money to maintain the facilities!  Whether it’s the TLC (and armies of workers) that go towards maintaining the greens, constant mowing and watering, or extra amenities like benches, water coolers, bathrooms, practice ranges…these things cost money.  And golf course managers don’t need to have those costs increase because of damage.  Also, these courses are typically pretty litter-free, and want to keep it that way.
  2. Stay off of the greens!  For a golf course, the putting greens are the most expensive and most valuable asset that they have.  Many ball golfers will refuse to play a course if it has sub-standard greens.  Disc golf typically treats these greens as OB areas, in order to minimize damage.  Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
    1. If your disc lands on a green, don’t play your next shot from the green.  When you plant your foot to throw, putt or jump-putt you are likely to cause damage by depressing the soft ground or grinding the grass.  Play your next shot from off the green, where you crossed OB.
    2. Walk around, not over the greens.  Once again, heavy footsteps, especially if you’re carrying a heavy bag or pulling a cart can cause damage.  Just take a few extra steps to go around the greens.  Maintenance staff that see you walk around the greens will appreciate (and remember) it.
    3. Carts should NEVER drive near a green, much less on one.  This is a sure-fire way to get thrown off of a course.  Keep carts at least 20-30 feet away from greens, or on a cart path.
  3. If the course you play offers carts, remember they are NOT go carts or dune buggies!  Forget the videos you have seen on YouTube – carts are not playthings.  They are for transporting you and your gear from hole to hole.  If cart paths are available, try to keep your cart on the path.  Keep carts off of greens, tee boxes and steep hills.  Just because you have a cart doesn’t mean you have lost the ability to walk – you don’t need to drive your cart right next to tee pads or baskets.  Minimize the chance you’ll run into baskets, signs, tee markers by keeping a safe distance from them.
  4. Stay on pace with the ball golfers – don’t try to race through other groups.  Disc golf is generally a faster sport than traditional golf, so you may find that you “get stuck” behind ball golfers on a regular basis.  But one of the common complaints we hear from ball golfers is that disc golfers push to play through, sometimes without asking.  Ball golfers hate this – not only are we infringing on their space, we’re being annoying about it – and we’re paying less too!!  Cool your heels.  Try to see it from their point of view.
  5. If the course sells beer and you want to drink beer, buy theirs, don’t bring your own.  Some of these courses stay afloat financially through their beverage sales.  Help them stay in business.  Yes, their beer prices are a bit higher than what you paid at Von’s, but you are a guest on their property.  Follow their rules if you want to continue to be a guest.

That’s enough ranting for now.  I hope you get the picture.  The standards for behavior and etiquette at ball golf courses is a bit different than the typical disc golf course.  Dress codes are sometimes stricter and are enforced.  There’s not as much yelling and loud swearing at the ball golf course – note that I didn’t say there was none – but there’s generally a bit less.  It’s kind of like visiting your grandmother’s house, or at least, MY grandmother’s house.  But we’re playing disc golf, so there’s more fun involved.

I organize and run a lot of tournaments and have run quite a few at these golf courses: Goat Hill Park, Colina Park, Sun Valley and Emerald Isle.  I feel like the best events I have run have been on these courses because they’re always in great shape, have ample facilities that make tournaments easier (pro shops, seating areas, restrooms, greenskeepers, etc.) and have staff on hand to help make things happen smoothly.  And it looks like the ball golf course trend has hit the big disc golf tournaments, too:  the Las Vegas Challenge, Glass Blown Open, Masters Cup at DeLa and San Francisco Open have all moved at least part of their play to traditional golf courses.  Let’s face it – our form of golf is growing and theirs is shrinking, and they have the land.  It’s going to happen more and more.  Let’s do our best to make it work.

And one last tip:  don’t call it “ball golf” around a golfer unless you want to make them angry.  Especially, if they manage or work at the course you want to keep playing.

Enjoy!

-Rizbee

Aces Monthlies are back!

May 21, 2018

The 2018 season of San Diego Aces “rotating monthly” disc golf tournaments has begun, with the first two events being held at Kit Carson Park (March) and Mast Park (April).  Future events for 2018 look like this (so far):

  • May – Goat Hill Park – Sunday, May 27 at 1pm (online registration on DGU)
  • June – Colina Park Golf Course – Sunday, June 17 at 10am (online registration on DGU)
  • July – Brengle Terrace Park – Sunday, July 22 at 9am
  • August – Sycuan Golf Resort (Olive Glen) – Sunday, August 19 at 10am
  • September – TBA (maybe Mission Bay?)
  • October – TBA
  • November – TBA

Our intent so far is to rotate the monthlies between different courses, alternating between North and South county locations.  This gives players a chance to sample a variety of courses across the county.

The Competition – This year we are tracking points for how players finish at the monthlies.  There will be prizes (we’re working on them) for the top finishers in each division.  Competition is within individual divisions, so if you want to compete for the title you are better off picking a division and staying there.  We will, however, be on the lookout for clear sand-bagging and will move players up if needed.  Points are handled much like the Golden Sombrero Series – you earn one point for every player you beat in your division at an event.  We will count the top 4 point totals for each player.  Going into the May monthly this weekend at Goat Hill, here are the standings, based on the march and April scores:

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Carlos Cabellero leads the Open division by one point over George Spracklen.

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Nin Chau leads in the Advanced division by one point over Clint Calvin, three points over Randy Wylot and Tracy Crowder.  It’s still anybody’s game – only one Advanced player played at both monthlies so far.

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Competition is tight in intermediate – Alex Walczak leads by one point over Dino Arellano by benefit of playing in both events.  John Maki, William Lynch and Mike Lamb are closely chasing.

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Mike Bloomfield leads by one over James Buzzard in the Recreational division.  No one in this division played both events held so far.  The overall season champion in Rec may be the guy who decides to travel a little.

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Kim Cottrell leads the Ladies so far (no ladies showed up to play at Mast Park?!?).  Once again – she who travels may take home the hardware…

Your Aces’ Board Members are making a renewed effort to build up the rotating monthly series.  We hope to see you out at a future rotating monthly event!

-Rizbee

Map of the Golden Sombrero Series Locations

December 14, 2017
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Here’s a link to a map of the Golden Sombrero Ice Bowl locations:  http://csusm-gis-lab.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Directions/index.html?appid=e6de591dcd7847508211063ddb95ca4925396178_10212685503069749_934138738046873680_n