MILTON — If you’ve ever been curious about disc golf, an upcoming tournament will give players of all levels an opportunity to learn and compete.
The Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Pirates Cove Disc Golf Course at Pensacola State College's Milton campus, 5988 US Highway 90.
Beginners are welcome to play in the Trilogy Challenge, even encouraged to play, by tournament organizer Ryan Vann, a PSC business graduate who now works as a loan manager at Pen Air Federal Credit Union.
“We’re keeping it friendly on the beginner side for this event,’’ Vann said. He is vice-president/treasurer for the Emerald Coast Disc Golf Club, which performs upkeep on the two campus courses and promotes the growing sport in Northwest Florida. “It’s open to everyone. We’ve got a lot of variety in our members, from 6 years old to 80 year olds.”
Rules are similar to regular golf. Players count their shots from the tee shot to putting into the chained basket, or “hole.”
There are numerous types of discs from distance drivers to putters, each with various flight characteristics in relation to speed, glide, turn and fade.
History of the game
The sport is governed by the Professional Disc Golf Association, which has more than 120,000 registered members.
Various disc golf games trace back to the early 1900s. The modern game emerged in the early 1980s, with various rules being implemented to instill consistent play.
The Pirates Cove course is nine holes, mostly wooded, with a few wide-open shots for the long drivers. The course was established in 2005. Each of the nine holes is a par three. There are multiple tee pads for various experience levels.
Registration for the Trilogy Challenge is $40, but you get three regulation discs to keep, as well as a T-shirt and other goodies. Each player package is valued at $60 to $70, Vann said. An average disc costs anywhere from $13 to $17, though you can find discs on each side of that price range.
The discs included in the players’ packages are the Lucid Vandal driver from Dynamic Discs, Tournament Gatekeeper from Westside Discs and a Retro Keystone putter.
Players can only use those three discs in the Trilogy Challenge, which is designed to “grow the game.”
“They’ve created these challenges to allow local clubs to have these type of events and raise money to help grow the sport,’’ Vann, who started playing about nine years ago, said. “It’s one of those sports that transcends time and age.”
Visit www.ecdgc.org/ for details and registration.