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Don Lane
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: 2018 Canadian Disc Golf National Championships Reply with quote

O CANADA, EAST COAST STYLE

And so it begins! The Maritime Disc Golf Association has won the right to host the Canadian Disc Golf National Championship at Hillcrest Farms Disc Golf Course (plus some surprises of course). It’s only fitting that we use, in our opinion, Canada’s best course, to showcase Canada’s sweetest spot (that’s right west coast I said it, the Maritimes are sweeter then you, even with snow). We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host this event and give the wider disc golf audience a chance to see what we’re playing with here, while at the same time showing our players what the word of disc golf looks like. We have already had some top Pros commit to playing our event and we have so many surprises for the traveling player that i’m considering moving away just so I can come home for this.

For now lets keep it simple. The event will be from Sept 14-16, 2018 with the main events happening in Bonshaw PEI. If you need help travel (plane tickets etc.) we have an agency for that! Call our friends at The Travel Store, toll free at that! 1 800 565 5404. As for lodging we have Lord’s Seaside Cabins onboard to host as many players as possible so you will want to touch base with Elayne (Lord) as soon as you can.

http://www.lordsseasidecottages.com/main-page.html

We will also be hosting a Saturday night banquet there open to all players for all divisions (friends can come but there will be a fee for non-players). The entire week will be filled with disc golf goodies, doubles events from Monday-Thursday, a C-tier flex start on Thursday, and the opening of a brand new permanent course on the island (more details to come but I can already tell you’re excited!!). If you have ever been on the fence of making the trip east (or north) this is as much of a tipping point as I can make for you.

The first Monday of every month from here on out will also feature news and a fundraiser draw so keep you eyes peeled. Other than that get practising we want ya’ll at your best.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CANADIAN DISC GOLF NATIONALS UPDATE:

Welcome to the first installment of our monthly news, notes, and next up section.

The Main Sponsor:
Let's kick this round off with some important news. We have a main sponsor!
It's always a pleasure to announce our favourite company is going to be the principal sponsor of our biggest event and that is what we are doing today.

Dynamic Discs is back again teaming up with the MDGA to make great things fly in the Maritimes. With Dynamic Disc's goodies around, you know your player's pack will be worth it's weight in gold.

The Name:
We are also very excited to announce that our A-Tier event will be named "The Nor'easter" and will become an annual event going forward from this year's National Championships. It will be known informally as Canada's biggest 'eh' tier. Folks from around here know there is no storm quite like a Nor'easter, and no event quite like ours. Storm chips will be provided in the case of an actual Nor'easter.

The Courses:
The Nor'Easter will feature two amazing permanent coursers located 25 km apart in the heart of Prince Edward Island. The 5-star pro layout at Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course in Bonshaw will be the professional player's main home (2/3 founds) but in addition we are please to announce that the "Huck-it Disc Golf Course" in Middleton will be ready to play in plenty of time for the Nationals. Once you have experienced this beauty it will make leaving "The Island" that much harder. This course is a privately owned gem, built, designed, and maintained by local island disc golfer and farmer, Charlie Mccardle. Amateur players will play there for their Friday and Sunday rounds, while getting a crack at the Hillcrest Farm short tees on Saturday.

The Video Crew:
We are all very happy to announce that Central Coast Disc Golf has been contracted to provide next day videos of the lead card(s) on all three rounds. Want to gain some fame in the disc golf world? Play your way to the top of the MPO division, but you're going to have to get through some world-class competition to get there (more on that at a later date).

Next up: Fundraiser Random Draw Time
At the start of each month, and sometimes in between, we are going to post up a sweet item(s) that we've got, and we'll give you 50 numbers to win it. Each number is $10 or 3 numbers for $25. Once those 50 are spoken for, we'll spin the big wheel and send the prize(s) to their new homes. First up on the block is a brand new Dynamic Discs Recruit Basket delivered to your home. In our opinion, these are the best portable baskets on the market and a great first step for anyone who wants to spend the winter channelling their "inner Ricky". Check out the Maple Disc Waffles page on Facebook - watch for it soon.

To become a member of the raffle group click here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/359550461085231

More info:
Dynamic Discs:

https://www.dynamicdiscs.com/

Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course:
http://hillcrestfarmpei.com/discgolf/

Central Coast Disc Golf:
https://www.youtube.com/user/CentralCoastDiscGolf
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Don Lane
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Nationals monthly update:

Happy December everybody! Do we have some good news for you? Why yes, thanks for asking! Two of our favourite pros will be joining us for the 2018 Canadian Nationals. Welcome to the Maritimes 4x Women’s Pro Open World Champion, Paige Pierce, and the 2017 USDGC champion, Nate Sexton.

Paige turned Pro in 2009 and has been on a quite a run ever since. She won the 2011 Canadian Disc Golf Championship and her first ever PDGA World Championship title in 2011 and has won Worlds in every odd year since, (2013, 2015 & 2017). Her infectious smile and passion for the game has made her a fan favourite. Currently ranked as the top-female player in the world, she is a gracious winner and a fierce competitor who represents the game of disc golf in the best possible manner. Her impact will be felt deeply here for years to come and we are thrilled to have her be a part of this special event.

Currently ranked #3 in the world, Sexton is another fan favourite that we are beyond excited to be hosting. The 2003 Junior Boys World Champion finally tapped into his beard power and won his major as a pro this year taking the title of United States Disc Golf Champion. A few years back, our TD, Ben Smith, was attending a clinic Nate and Paul were hosting and as luck would have it he found himself in a good conversation with Nate and his wife. They talked about growth of the game, women in sport, and what they could do to make a positive impact. Since that day Nate and Ben have been discussing a way to have him experience what the Maritimes has to offer and we can now happily say that day has arrived. Soon we will be able to answer the question, “would Nate be able to flick a firebird to the pin from here?” Hole 7 at Hillcrest is waiting…
Each Pro will be hosting a workshop during national’s week. We also have some other goodies planned too and we will be sure to let you know the details when it’s time.

In other exciting news we have a new major sponsor. Welcome back Upstreet Brewing! Although Upstreet has only been around for a few years they have done a ton to give back to the community. The provincial government recently recognized them as a certified ‘B Corporation,’ which is a title that signifies they are using their force for good positive social and environmental change in the world. Also they make great beer! Look for yearlong specials at Upstreet for MDGA members and weeklong specials for Nationals. Our players meeting and early check-in will also be hosted here on Thursday night. If this is your first stop when you get to the island you are going to have a good time!

https://www.upstreetcraftbrewing.com

We have had a great response to lodging, so great that Lord’s Seaside Cabins are sold out! Don’t fret though, as Elayne is still booking cottages for us in the surrounding area so give her a call at 1.888.228.6765. We will also have additional lodging in Charlottetown but we will fill you in on the details in the new year. Don’t forget if you are flying you can book your tickets through our sponsors at The Travel Store 1.800.565.5404. We are trying to make your travel plans as easy as possible so all you have to do is get here.

Things have been moving along smoothly on our end. The MDGA has hosted a couple of wildly successful fundraiser events. Never underestimate the power of $2 SYN shots! This month we are going to give away a Stoke (black and yellow) Dynamic Discs Ranger bag, which will be filled will the same discs as in Paige Pierce’s bag. Look for it on the Maple Disc Golf Waffles Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/359550461085231/

Happy winter disc golfing everybody! Let’s keep this thing flying!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what %age of DGers in Canada live within a 800km radius of PEI?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many east I’m guessing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many east I’m guessing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello folks!

For those of us in the north welcome to the winter disc golf season. Keep warm and throw often. We will keep this update brief so we can all go back to warming our hands by the fire.

We have had a lot of interest from Pros from all over the world and we are expecting a great turnout. We have been in talks to add a third course if needed and our group is committed to making 2018 the biggest and best Canadian Nationals to date. As mentioned in a previous update the main cottages at Lord’s Seaside Cabins are all booked, but you can still call Elayne (1 888 228 6765) to have her book you a cottage close by. We have also been working on lodging in the city of Charlottetown. We will update you as soon as this has been finalized.

Internationally renowned course designer John Houck designed our main course, Hillcrest Farm, and we recently asked him for some feedback on it since his recent visit this past summer. John replied with “I put Hillcrest Farm in my personal top tier of courses I’ve been involved with. It’s in the same league as the Selah courses, Harmony Bends, and Frost Valley, for example. It has some of my favorite holes, and I think it matches my best work as far as challenge, fun, fairness, variety, and beauty. And, like any top-rated course, it has that additional “X” factor – there’s just something about the place and the people that lets you know you’re about to have a special experience, even before you step onto the course. We’re very excited that Hillcrest farm will be hosting the Canadian Nationals, and we’re glad to know that a whole new group of players will get to experience the magic of the venue the Best family has created.”

We have also had some great success with local sponsors and we are happy to share these good folks with you, when you are in town be sure to check out as many of them as you can.

You already know our main sponsor but just to refresh your memory or to wet you whistle:

Upstreet Craft Brewing
http://www.upstreetcraftbrewing.com

Do you love Escape Rooms? Well here are two you can check out, first on the island:

Room Escape Cavendish
http://www.roomescapecavendish.com

or on the mainland (Moncton, NB):

Mystery Moncton Mystère
http://mysterymoncton.com

Want some Brew Supplies? Here is Atlantic Canada's biggest and best supplier:

Everwood Ave. Brew Shop
http://www.everwoodavebrewshop.com

Need travel? Here is our go to:

The Travel Store
https://thetravelstore.ca/teresa-gogan/

Love bikes? So do these guys:

MacQueen’s Bike Shop & Island Tours
https://www.macqueens.com

In the city of Summerside, PEI, check in for after round relief at:

O’Shea’s Pub & Eatery
http://www.osheaspubandeatery.com

And of course or friends on the seaside:

Lord’s Seaside Cottages
http://www.lordsseasidecottages.com/main-page.html

We have been getting great fundraising initiatives from many of our clubs all throughout the Maritimes. We have multiple winter events planned and we will be releasing our full calendar in about 30 days. Until that time have a great month! We will update you again soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Don,

I don't see any details about registering? Seems risky to book accommodations, time off work, and travel without knowing if you are in the event.

I see the event listed as "Pro" A-tier on PDGA. Will this be a "Pro" only event?

Thanks for any additional info you can share.

John
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a quick search on the PDGA website for events in Canada and saw both a PRO(A tier) and an AM (B tier) side to this event.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

andros wrote:
I did a quick search on the PDGA website for events in Canada and saw both a PRO(A tier) and an AM (B tier) side to this event.


Thanks. I guess I missed that when I looked.
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