Gold jacket, green jacket– who gives a shit.
Just grab some chocos, a bag of discs, and head to Maple Hill, Massachusetts this Thursday for what will be the inaugural event in the first ever Disc Golf Pro Tour. That’s right– Disc Golf is going national in what will be a six stop tour this year. Even outsiders to the sport are hailing the newly minted tour as the dawn of a burgeoning sport whose venues could outnumber golf courses in the next decade.
Eight of the 12 premier events held at Maple Hill have been decided on course’s 18th hole.
The tour was founded by Maple Hill local Steven Dodge, who hopes that this is just the beginning of the sport’s long trajectory upward before ultimately hitting the chains and landing in the hearts of hippies and working stiffs alike. Pros will compete for $50,000 in cash and begin working towards $100,000 in payouts for the series finale.
“We have touring professionals from as far as Sweden coming to compete against the world’s best players. Anyone interested in the sport is invited to attend, participate in the Festival of the Flying Discs, and meet the pros.” – Steven Dodge, Disc Golf Pro Tour director
The event is set to last four days and will include the world’s best disc golfers, all of whom spectators can track using the UDisc app. The app provides real-time player statistics and scoring instantly to your smart phone. Also, spectators from all over the world will be able to watch the event live on YouTube using SmashboxxTV. Event organizers are hoping to combine the event will foster a “festival like atmosphere,” which will include disc games, family friendly activities, as well as the chance to meet the pros themselves.
- June 23-26: Maple Hill Open, Leicester, MA
- July 8-10: Silver Cup, Manitowoc, WI
- July 29-31: Minnesota Majestic, East Bethel, MN
- Aug 18-21: Ledgestone Open, Peoria, IL
- Sep 15-17: Green Mountain Championship, VT
- Sep 17-18: Tour Championship, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, VT
Find out more here: Disc Golf Pro Tour