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).
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.