As part of the Quaich Tour in 2017 we are happy to announce a triple crown of events sponsored by ReBoot Disc Golf, Ace Adventures and Loch Tay Highland Lodges. This is a winner take all Triple Crown, a player must win all three tournaments in their division to collect the Grand prize. More details to follow.
Today we celebrate our first 'National disc Golf Day' so it seemed only fitting to try and encapsulate the last few years in an attempt to celebrate what we have accomplished as a disc golf community.
I enjoy tremendously introducing new people from all walks of life to disc golf, my favorite is when after about 5 holes one of the group will always state " hey, this is just like golf".
Personally I must admit my arm is hanging like a cooked noodle due to all the golf I've played in just the last few weeks.At our little disc golf course in Dunbar we've entertained disc golfers from Finland, Sweden, California, a group on tour from the Netherlands as well as a few from each coast of Canada. Our sport is alive and well on a global scale and as players travel and vacation here they are learning to bring their discs because the word is getting out about the quality of courses
Our disc golf journey all started with an idea for a Triple Crown event which involved courses in Dunbar and Glasgow. This idea led to the formation of the Quaich Tour which quickly spread from 6 events in 2013 to what is now a 13 stop Tour with 154 unique players to date enjoying the best disc golf courses in Scotland with two events to go. (We also had a guest appearance by The Bristol Open in 2016) Our events have included so far three tournaments to benefit local Charities ensuring our sport assists the local community food banks and MFR Cash 4 Kids. We have hosted variety of events including Match play, University Team, Doubles, Stroke play, on 9,18 & 27 hole disc golf courses and one object course :) (which all took us back to the beginning) We have been a part of the European Tour for two years running bringing the best disc golfers from all across the globe to compete in Scotland, which last year included 16 Scottish players!! For a brief time we've seen local Pro players top the UK ratings list and place well earning cash at top European events. At a grass roots level there has been additional leagues and local events to allow recreational players enjoy disc golf with their families and friends in a not-so-competitive environment. We have hosted numerous demonstrations from Moray to the Borders and been featured in a National newspaper as a tool to fight childhood obesity. We have witnessed membership and volunteer efforts reach new heights which has a lovely knock on affect for all of us, as well as the brilliant after glow of being listed as #24 in the top 100 things to do with kids in a popular National magazine.
Let's see where one more year will bring us. We have come a long way to evolve to a point that I hope we can all proudly say will not only mark the beginning of The Scottish Disc Golf Association in 2017 but see unparalleled growth in our sport. Cheers
The Raspberry Team Jam was held today at Bluebell Woods disc golf course, Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar Scotland. In all 22 players formed five teams for the friendly one round event. We played two divisions Singles and Alternate shot doubles.
Spot prize winners:
Angus - Shusterick 3x PA3-CTP
Ed - Thistly Cross T-shirt - Long Putt
Rory C - Vibram Water Bottle - Long Putt
Thanks to B.U.D.E. the Bankfoot Used Disc Golf Emporium for their gracious donation.
It was great to see everyone Thank You so much for coming out today we look forward to seeing you again soon.
I have to be the luckiest person on the the global trek of this Vibram Ascent world tour disc. Words cannot describe the gratitude to Mr.Noriaki Wakabayashi of Japan for the gift of an O-Lace and Mini portrait discs. Not only will I be paying such generosity forward but retroactively as well, how can I not?
The traveling Ascent arrived last week and I had the opportunity to use it during league on Wednesday, sadly no Ace but I did get a metal hit on Hole 7.
I think this disc represents a group of folks that exemplify our sport and I am happy to have had the privilege to scribe my name on it.
When this disc returns to its home I would really like to see a map of its travels.
What a day in Glasgow at Rosshall Disc Golf Park for the 3rd annual Rosshall Derby. On the course today were 13 players that represented Scottish disc golf well with Edinburgh, Stirling, Morayshire, St Andrews and Crookston all in the draw. We teed off before 10am to play 18 holes before doing it again after a quick lunch. We flipped discs for groups and set out on the course for the first round. The course is overgrown but playing well for the most part, it's a short course with plenty of earned birdie opportunities. John Bruce (Stirling) set the bar with a blistering 48, followed by Jack Lynch (St Andrews) and Seamus Scanlon (Dunbar) with a 54 and Graham Robbie (Paisley) 57. In the second round the forecasted 20 mph wind never developed and the sky cleared revealing a very pleasant afternoon. John followed his morning success with 6 more birdies and a bogie which was needed to fend off a charging Jack L. Who birdied the first 4 holes before succumbing to hole 5 twice with a bogie and double bogie for a 51. Another hot round was carded by Aaron Cotnoir (St Andrews) posting a 50 to tie for third.
It was great to see everyone today and I look forward to seeing you all again.
1. John Bruce - Westside Disc Bag, Bt Shield Putter
2. Jack Lynch - 3x Shusterick PA3 350g
3. Aaron Cotnoir
3. Seamus Scanlon
5. Graham Robbie
6. Stephen Conroy - Thistly Tshirt
7. Dave Meek
1. Alex V. - Prodigy Hat
1. Bruce Firstimer
2. John Smart
3. Paddy LeftforRugby
4. Alan WentwithPaddy
5. Joe FriendofBruce
1. Abel C.
Here are the statistics from our event which does not feel like almost two weeks ago. From my point of view I really thought the scores would be lower across the board, luckily the weather was outstanding and near perfect on Sunday. I'm not criticizing anyone but myself, obviously the course is harder than I thought. I believe by Sunday most of the players involved had begun to pick the lock on the course design with a better understanding of how to play a wooded course. From the lack of bark on a few trees nearest the tee pads I can tell the learning curve was not pleasant for some :)
The idea behind this evolution of Bluebell Woods was to prepare a challenging course but not forget that we all play disc golf to have fun, and birdies are fun. I think that is an aspect easily forgotten in today's course designing. It will come as no surprise to the players involved that I have a minimalist approach to course design. There are plenty of opportunities to add Mando's or OB to our course but I don't feel it adds to the enjoyment of a round like having free scope to attack the hole.
When compiling this data and cruising through the scorecards what struck me as the most surprising is how many players were able to respond after a bad hole, following a bogie with a birdie. This is a real testament to the caliber and determination of the field of players. Speaking of birdies there were some beauties, I don't think it's a stretch to call a few of them fairway aces.
The real purpose of compiling this is see about making changes for next years event either replacing the boring holes with something a little more dynamic or trashing the hole altogether. For starters Hole 1 will need to change, it produced the most pars (66% of the field) and proved to be fairly pedestrian. This data tells me very few players were tempted to attack the 345ft (105m) hole, either it is too long or there was too much risk involved to go for it. Also Hole 4 might really be a par 4 even though the distance denotes otherwise. I did not expect any birdies on this hole but with only 13% attaining the Par 3 and 77% carding a 4 or 5 a change beckons. We may look to harden the Tee pad and move it a few meters closer, or just call it a Par 4. I still think its a good hole that separates players regardless of the Par, Hole 4 is called "Tri Gu Leth" which means 3.5 in Gaelic.
I believe a wide even spread in scores is the best marker for a challenging disc golf hole that balances risk and reward. I understand the previous statement is just a generalization and there are many factors involved when orchestrating a decent disc golf course. For instance Hole 10, although easy on the eye it is a fairly boring hole at 237ft (72m). It is straight with enough fairway to shape most shots. I was very surprised this hole only produced 55 Birdies, 35% of the field. I think the importance of this hole lies heavily on where it is on the course, most players see it as one of the last birdie opportunities in the round so it might have knocked everyone off stride. One of the best examples of what I wanted to see was Hole 9, a simple uphill hole with a narrow bit off the tee and some trees guarding the basket. The scores were fairly evenly split as can be seen in the data and did not generally produce a card with the same scores. There were more birdies on Hole 9 than I'd expected.
Then there is Hole 18, from the data it might seem boring to some but I believe there were a number of OB 4's that made this hole a keeper. This hole was a great example of your ego not being able to handle the risk. At 451ft (138m) Hole 18 produced no birdies although many tried and 40% bogie or worse.
Some notes from scorecards:
- I applaud the artistic freedom of whoever drew an apple to denote the cider winner from hole 1, Thank You!!
- The hot round was Seppo Paju with a 49 on Sunday.
- Hamish Blair posted the most birdies in a round with 8 & Vanessa Van Dyken in FPO with 5 birdies.
- The longest Birdie train was assembled by Sander Bahnerth carding a deuce on 5/6 holes; Holes 6,7,8,10 & 11 with a 3 on Hole 9.
- All the Ladies on the Lead card birdied Hole 7 in the final round.
- Martin Rotmeister was the only player to birdie Hole 3
- Three players Sander Bahnerth, Mikael Birkelund & Markus Dvinjaninov birdied Hole 8.
- The Junior card of 4 produced 2 Birdies and 2 Pars on Hole 14 in the final round.
Finally for me the one of the most impressive aspects of our event was how respectful everyone treated the Bluebells, it really is a testament to the nature of our sport. Almost 200 rounds of disc golf were played right through these flowers.
Thanks again to everyone involved, players, volunteers, family and friends, we hope to see you all in 2017.
"I have all my wisdom teeth, two up top, two beneath and yet I recognize my mouth says things that aren't so wise" CTD