On March 30, 2013 we will be holding the 2nd Annual Disc Golf tournament in Night Heron Park at Kiawah Island. Disc Golf is an up and coming, unique twist on golf. It’s a great recreational activity that combines the objective of golf (get the ball in the hole, in this case, the disc in the basket), with an exciting new way to play Frisbee and exercise. We are excited to announce that this year we will be having 2 shotgun starts, the first at 11am and the second at 12pm. Prizes will be given out to the winners of each age group and we will have a raffle drawing at the end of the tournament.
Last year, during our inaugural Kiawah Island Disc Golf tournament, I was one of the directors. We had just over 50 participants ranging from ages 6 – 60 years old. We designed this tournament to be fun for the entire family and that is exactly what we got. With the island in full swing for the Easter holiday, this tournament provided an exciting morning of friendly competition. Families vs. families, parents vs. kids, brothers vs. sisters, everyone got a chance to showcase their disc golf skills against their competitors.
The tournament was started promptly at 11am with each group teeing off at #1, one group after another. A staff member went with each group to record the scores and monitor their play. I was able to see one of the age group winners play the entire round. He had played our course before and had a small advantage because he was left-handed. He birdied 3 of the first 4 holes, and then had one of the best shots I have ever seen on our course. We were on hole number six which is a par 3 and is tucked away behind some trees. I went and stood by the basket so the group knew where to throw their discs which has a slight dog leg right into the trees. Being one of the toughest holes on the course, I wasn’t expecting anyone to get very close to the basket on their tee shot, but this golfer proved me wrong. He used a mid-range driver which he sent sailing just below the tree branches with a perfect right hook into the trees. The disc then skipped off the ground, 3 feet into the air, and 6 inches from going into the basket. It would have been the elusive hole in one that everyone dreams about. Still, an easy birdie on #6 is no easy feat, and he really had the round to beat that day with a low score of 23.
The day ended with 4 different age group winners, numerous raffle winners, and fun for all. I cannot wait to experience an even better tournament this March.