As a California native, there is nothing more deflating than someone telling me about a course within a couple hundred miles and responding with "Oh, I've never played there before." So I've made it my quest for 2018 to venture to as many amazing courses in California as I can. Here's a list of the first thirteen I am planning to visit this next year.
1. Brooktrails - Willits, CA
2. Auburn Park - Auburn, CA
3. Stafford Lake - Novato, CA
4. Kelley Park - San Jose, CA
5. Tahoe Vista - North Tahoe, CA
6. La Mirada - Los Angeles, CA
7. Condon Park - Grass Valley, CA
8. Kelly Ridge - Oroville East, CA
9. Finnon Lake - Placerville, CA
10. Low Gap - Ukiah, CA
11. Lake Amador - Ione, CA
12. Lake Mendocino - Ukiah, CA
13. Morley Field - San Diego, CA
Which courses should be next on my list to visit this year?
Should I attempt to visit at least 20 new [for me] courses before the end of 2018?
If you're currently going to college and play disc golf, the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships (NCDGC) is an event you don't want to miss. Every year in mid spring, hundreds of teams from all across the states come together in North Augusta, South Carolina for four days of incredible team and individual play for the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship title.
There are countless reasons why this is such an amazing event to be a part of, but here is a list of my top 10 reasons attending Nationals is a must.
10. The Culture of the South
From being greeted by Diamond in the Pro Shop to giving Pete May high fives at the opening ceremonies to Tournament Director John Baker listening to and answering all your questions, southern hospitality is alive and well at NCDGC and really makes you feel warm and welcomed whether you've visited before or you're visiting for the first time.
9. School/State Representation
It was an honor to be able to travel to the east coast and represent California and the Monterey Bay in such a big disc golf tournament. It allowed me the opportunity to give east coast natives a real impression of our positive west coast vibes.
8. Enjoying East Coast Courses
There is just nothing quite like the beautiful courses that grace the Hippodrome and the International Disc Golf Center. Many feature unique basket placements like in-ground baskets, elevated baskets, and even elevated hanging basket like that on the Liberty Hole of Old Glory at the Hippodrome, shown above. If the technicality of these courses doesn't entice you, the lush scenery surely will.
7. THE FOOD!
All I'm going to say about this is that California has been making fried chicken all wrong. One hasn't lived until they've had real southern comfort food. Start with Maryland's Fried Chicken in Appling, GA, Its on the way to or from the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC). You're welcome.
6. Team Camaraderie
There is no better feeling than passing a fellow teammate during a round at NCDGC, waving hello while being genuinely happy to see them, and wishing them good luck on the rest of their round. There is just something about being at Nationals that turns a group into a team that is genuinely happy for one another.
5. Useful Life Experiences
Between learning how to travel/live with your teammates for five days, balancing your focus on school work and the tournament, and maintaining a stable mental game in a Major PDGA sanctioned event, Nationals puts you through experiences that make you a better player, student, and adult, overall.
4. Meeting New People
NCDGC brings hundreds of individuals with two common interest - disc golf and college - together, forming friendships that continue long after Nationals is over. When California was in a state of emergency due to wild fires in 2017, it was amazing to hear from All American Allison Carlton of Texas who showed concern for the Lady Otters when she heard of the fires.
3. The Friendly Rivalries
Even though NCDGC is a competition, when a rivalry among two teams can be a friendly one, there really are no losers.
2. Team Match Play
There is just nothing quite like Team Match Play at NCDGC. It entails alternating drives per team on each tee pad, requiring strategic selection of which pair on each team should drive on even or odd holes. It also requires a balance of players in each pair so that one player's strengths compliment the other's weaknesses. And when the magic is right, some pairs are unstoppable.
1. It's a MAJOR PDGA EVENT!
How many can say they've competed in a Major PDGA Event in their lifetimes? NCDGC is one of the few Major events that allows players of all calibers to experience the amazing professionalism that goes into the PDGA National Tour and gives young players the opportunity to earn the prestigious title of National Collegiate Champion.
Visit NCDGC.com to see how to qualify for this Major PDGA event in April.
I am pumped to have just received my first monthly subscription box from Disc Golf Boxes (DBG). I wanted to share with you all the magic of the DGB experience, so I decided to film an un-boxing video.
If you haven't heard of Disc Golf Boxes, its very similar to ordering a mystery box but with a twist. With DGB, you can choose to be completely surprised with what you receive OR you can can choose the brand, stability, weight, and color you wish to receive. And instead of receiving this mystery box once, you'll be subscribing to receive this magical surprise over and over again, every month (unless you wish to cancel at any time).
The swag included can range from towels, drink cozies, mini can toppers, the infamous Disc Golf Pins, minis, bracelets, and more. The swag is sweet, but the discs are what matters most so DGB focuses most on providing the highest quality discs to meet your needs.
I ordered the Ace Box with Stable, Discmania discs. It included:
G-line FD 171g
C-line DD2 175g
C-Line CD2 175g
C-line MD3 180g
C-Line MD2 180g
C-Line MD 180g
Millennium keychain bottle opener
Glow Tape Rings
Disc Golf Boxes mini
Dynamic Discs sunglasses
Here's how it works:
SHIPPING TIMELINE: All orders placed in the current month will be shipped out by the 15th the following month (Example: Ordered in October, ships by November 15th). Ships worldwide.
I love when others ask me what's in my bag. But my disc choices always vary based on the course I'm playing and/or the weather conditions of the round. So I thought I'd share which discs I bagged for my tournament last weekend at the Delaveaga Disc Golf Course for the 24th Faultline Classic in Santa Cruz, California.
Since it was a two-day tournament of 29 hole rounds per day, I decided to take my Grip Eq BX Series since it has the expandable pockets on the side for snacks, towels, equipment, clothing and any other items I may need to store during a round. I also knew ahead of time that I would have a caddy during my second-day round, otherwise I may have opted for my lighter Grip Eq C Series bag to give my back a break.
The course played for this tournament was the Delaveaga Disc Golf Course in Santa Cruz, California, which is known best for its beautiful, yet challenging natural setting. It has lots of trees to maneuver around so having understable discs was just as needed as having overstable discs for those big hyzer shots. So I bagged my DGA Flex Hurricane in case it got windy out and my DGA Proline Pipeline for those tight wooded holes. Here's what else was in my bag...
If you hadn't already felt it (pun very intended), the Tremor was just released earlier this month by DGA as their newest understable midrange. And if you ask me, its a flippin' dream come true.
I had been in search of a flippy (very understable) midrange to add to my bag for when a flick can't get me out of a tight spot; and I have finally found what I've been looking for in this disc.
DGA says its designed for beginners and slow-speed arms to help with straight to anhyzer line shots, but also offers more advanced players a "powered-down" option for getting max distance and control in tight, wooded situations.
Straight out of the box, this disc has flown just as it's flight pattern said it would [for me].
It is a speed 6, which is a great range of speed for beginner and slow-speed arms that will allow the disc to fly far enough to get its full flight pattern each time, even with slower throws.
It has a glide of 5 which means it will lift up and stay in straight flight longer during slower throws.
It has a turn of -4 which means once its released, it will start to fly straight to right (for right handed back handed throwers (RHBH)).
And last but not least, it has a fade of 1 which means once its reached its full distance, it will begin to fade back to the left (RHBH) a bit.
So my takeaway for the Tremor is:
For first-time throwers, this is a great disc to use to learn to throw farther distance.
For slow-speed throwers, this is a great disc to use to learn to throw flatter and straighter.
For high-speed throwers, this is a great disc for controlled hyzer-flip shots to the right (RHBH) in tail wind.
DGA offers the Tremor in Proline plastic and will be available in local retailers later this month. Be sure to get yours before they sell out.