Disc Golf, anyone? Did you know the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has been in existence for 40 years? This international organization has everything you need or want to know more about this popular sport, what it is (more on that in a moment), how to get involved, the latest news, or what’s coming up soon. There are literally hundreds of events every year. Just before telling you about what’s coming up soon in the Truckee-Tahoe area, here’s a short definition of Disc Golf, taken right from the association’s pages:
“Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. … the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed.”
From June 24-26, 2016, the annual King of the Lake AMATEUR – Sierra Tahoe Series #3a tournament takes place at various locations nearby, beginning at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. This is for Amateur-only B-tier members. You must be a member of the PDGA to participate in this singles tournament. But even if you’re not registered with the association, or not currently a player, you can spectate. It’s lots of fun. DGCourseReview, one of many sites devoted to this interesting sport, talks about how spectators often become friends and later, players, in this series of message threads.
The upcoming June weekend series will be played at a number of locations in our area:
- Bijou Community Park
- Zephyr Cove Park
- Truckee River Regional Park
- Sierra College
- Lake of the Sky
As mentioned, to register for the tournament as a player, you must hold a current PDGA membership. The registration / entry fee for all player divisions is the same: $95. There are a dozen divisions, ranging from Intermediate Women, to Advanced, to Advanced Legend Women. The “epic quest”, toward claiming the title of either Amateur King or Queen of the Lake 2016, involves playing five very scenic courses over three days. The final 18 holes is played at North Lake Tahoe’s Tahoe Vista Course. And following that, all sorts of fun festivities, a raffle, a showdown, and Awards.
If you’re in the association and want to compete in June, you’ll need to get in touch with Skot Meyer by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, you can also register online. To get detailed and complete information on this tournament or the world of Disc Golf, the tournament organizer’s main website is a good place to start.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.