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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). Its only fitting that we use, in our opinion, Canadas best course, to showcase Canadas sweetest spot (thats right west coast I said it, the Maritimes are sweeter then you, even with snow). Were thrilled to have the opportunity to host this event and give the wider disc golf audience a chance to see what were 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 im 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 Lords 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 youre 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 yall 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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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 Womens 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 nationals week. We also have some other goodies planned too and we will be sure to let you know the details when its 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 Lords Seaside Cabins are sold out! Dont 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. Dont 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 Pierces bag. Look for it on the Maple Disc Golf Waffles Page here:

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

Happy winter disc golfing everybody! Lets 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 Im guessing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many east Im 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 Lords 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 Ive been involved with. Its 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 theres just something about the place and the people that lets you know youre about to have a special experience, even before you step onto the course. Were very excited that Hillcrest farm will be hosting the Canadian Nationals, and were 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 Mystre
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:

MacQueens Bike Shop & Island Tours
https://www.macqueens.com

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

OSheas Pub & Eatery
http://www.osheaspubandeatery.com

And of course or friends on the seaside:

Lords 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.

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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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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John - we were waiting for the PDGA to post up the dates for their player ratings updates, as we'll be using Disc Golf Scene for the registration site, and that site is now able to catch potential problems with a player's age/division/rating. That is now posted, so we selected the first Sunday after that date to allow for any possible delays to the update, and for a date/time that would be friendly for most players.

See my next post below for more info. If you have any other q's, just reach me here or on FB.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well hello there!

We are deep in the throws of another Canadian winter but that doesnt mean we cant talk about summer disc golf! As always we grow a bit more excited every day about Nationals so let us fill you in on some more details.

Registration will open Sunday morning, March 18th at 1pm Eastern Standard Time (10 am PST), using Disc Golf Scene. Registration for the Flex start events will open a few days later. At this time we are planning on at least two separate C-tier flex start events, with one at the grand opening of the Huck it course in Middleton PEI on, Wednesday Sept 12, and a second Flex start at Hillcrest on Thursday Sept 13. Both of these events will run from 9:00am to 3:30pm. They will be one round PDGA tournaments with multiple divisions offered. All players must play in a group of 3-5 people and tee off sometime before 3:30. A full schedule will be released for next months update.

We are also pleased to announce that Paige Pierce and Nate Sexton will be offering a disc golf workshop on Thursday afternoon at Hillcrest. Cost and time will be announced later but here is your chance to learn from the best and take those skills with you into the big event.

If you are still looking for lodging we are pleased to announce a partnership with Rodd Royalty as our host hotel. It is a full service hotel with 96 spacious guest rooms and 22 suites available along with a glass enclosed swimming pool, a 105′ waterside, a fitness room, free wireless high speed internet and complimentary parking. The hotel is located on the same highway as Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course (20 min. drive) and is a 5-minute drive from both the downtown core and the airport. Guests staying at the hotel are offered a complimentary breakfast. Special room rates are being offered to all traveling players and guests. To book using our discount please use the following link and enter any dates between Sept 11-18 2018:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/85522?hotelId=85522&rateplanid=2741071#/guestsandrooms

Finally our group would like to add a bit of legacy to the National event by offering a new award called the King Cup, named in honour of our Canadian 5-time PDGA World Champion, Elaine King. This beautiful trophy will be given out to Canadas top female and male professional competitor and we hope this will be a legacy that carries on for future Canadian national championship events.

Locally we are still chipping away with winter fundraisers and online Waffles. Our full Maritime event calendar will be released soon so if you are looking at visiting us sooner than later checkout our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/maritimediscgolf/ for more info.

As always stay warm and throw often.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Lane wrote:
Hi John - we were waiting for the PDGA to post up the dates for their player ratings updates, as we'll be using Disc Golf Scene for the registration site, and that site is now able to catch potential problems with a player's age/division/rating. That is now posted, so we selected the first Sunday after that date to allow for any possible delays to the update, and for a date/time that would be friendly for most players.

See my next post below for more info. If you have any other q's, just reach me here or on FB.

-Don-


Thanks Don.

This event stands out to me as being one of the best organized I have ever seen.

Your efforts, and all else involved, should be commended.

Cheers,



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks John! I'm looking forward to attending your tournament in June this year as well.

In other news - more stuff on the Nationals in PEI!

Welcome back!

The Maritimes have been gifted with a warm and relatively snow free February. The maple syrup is flowing and the discs are flying! The spring disc golf season is right around the corner and we want to see the competition at its best. After all, registration for Nationals opens up March 18th at 1pm Eastern Time. Sign up early and tell your friends.

We have a couple of huge announcements for this month:

First off, our national championships this year will be a qualifier for the 2018 United States Disc Golf Championship in Rock Hill, South Carolina! The top-5 players who have not already qualified will earn their rights to play in this prestigious international event. As our qualifier will be one of the final ones prior to the USDGC, play well in PEI and you’ll have a great chance to get in.

http://usdgc.com/?page_id=229

Nationals Disc Golf Week is rounding nicely into shape with more to do for the traveling player every day. We just got news that Central Coast Disc Golf (CCDG) will be filming an edition of their popular “Champs vs Chumps” series on the Hillcrest course. There will be spots available to play and lots of room to watch. More details will follow in the weeks to come.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CentralCoastDiscGolf

If you want to know some of the top-rated players who are attending our “A” Tier, check out these player profiles that we’ve been working on:

https://www.docdroid.net/hAs3XQn/bios-nationals-dr2.xlsx

Lastly our association (MDGA) has published its “Majors” calendar for 2018, check it out here on Facebook:

https://tinyurl.com/MDGA-maj

Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to make this the best event our country has ever seen and now it’s almost your turn to show your support, sign up, and come experience what the Maritimes has to offer. If you can’t play but wish to volunteer, next months update will include instructions on how to do just that. But for now lets get ready to make this thing fly.

Sign up March 18th on Disc Golf Scene.

Throw often and be kind!
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What a month it has been! Thanks to you the 2018 Canadian Championships will be the biggest disc golf event in Canadian history! As it stands right now we have 26 spots left on the open side, and 16 spots left for the Ams. We are fully expecting a sellout. We couldn’t be more excited. With that being said let’s talk a little more about what your nationals week will look like.

In case you haven’t seen our current schedule here it is:

Monday, September 10, 2018
4:30pm Drop in Doubles at “Huck it” Disc Golf course in Middleton, PEI

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
1:30pm Drop in Doubles at Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course

4:30pm Women’s Clinic with 4x PDGA Women’s World Champion Paige Pierce at the Dieppe Disc Golf Course in Dieppe, NB

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00am
– 3:30pm Flex start C-Tier @ the Huck-it Disc Golf Course in Middleton, PEI from 9:00am-3:30pm

4:30pm Workshop with 4x PDGA Women’s World Champion Paige Pierce and 2017 USDGC Champion Nate Sexton at 4:30pm @ Huck-it in Middleton, PEI

Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:30am
– 3:00pm Flex start C-Tier @ Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course in Bonshaw, PEI from 8:30-3:00pm

4:30pm Central Coast Disc Gold presents “Champs vs Chumps” @ Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf
Course in Bonshaw, PEI @ 4:30pm

Friday, September 14, 2018
7:30am
– 4:30pm Round 1 Canadian National Championships
All Pro Divisions at Hillcrest Farm
All Am Divisions at Huck it Disc Golf

Saturday, September 15, 2018
7:30am
– 4:00pm Round 2 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Huck it Disc Golf
All Ams at Hillcrest Farm

4:30pm
– 10:30pm Saturday Night Banquet @ Lord’s Seaside Cottages

Sunday, September 16, 2018
7:30am
– 5:30pm Round 3 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Hillcrest Farm
All Ams at Huck it Disc Golf

Closing Ceremonies @4:30 @ Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course

There is a very good chance we will add at least one more event during the week, most likely on Tuesday afternoon. If you have been checking the registered players list you will see we have a bounty of pros and at least one more of them may want to offer a workshop.

https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/34385

You can check out the ams who have signed up so far over here:
https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/34417

For those of you not familiar with flex-starts they are one round single events that you can play at anytime during the posted hours as long as you have at least 3 players in your group. You register before hand then on the day of the event you can play with players of any division as your personal carded score is the only thing that matters. Prizes for the flex starts will be given out at the Saturday banquet.

Just a note for non-maritimers or those who struggle with geography – the Paige Pierce workshop on Tuesday in Dieppe is on the mainland (New Brunswick). Registration for that and the flex start events will open up in 6-8 weeks from now once we have a few more details secured.

We have been getting a lot of interest in the “Champs vs Chumps” event, and honestly we are not surprised. The two champs and details on “How to be a chump” will be made available in the May 1st update after we have sat down with Central Coast at the Glass Blown Open.

Since all players will be given tee times, we will be hosting a player’s meeting on Thursday night in Charlottetown at 8 pm. The location will be made public next month as well as we are now looking for a sweet spot that will hold all 280 of us! We are pretty sure we have found it but again it’s best to iron out the details before making it public.

The Saturday night banquet at Lords is coming together nicely. We will have a ton of good food and prizes to give away while we are there. It will be a great opportunity for all of us to be together and enjoy the best of what we have to offer on the east coast, namely food, music, warm water, and sandy beaches. Parking will be strategic so we are asking people to carpool as much as possible. We do have a long entrance lane so be prepared to do a bit of walking. Dress comfortable, bring a hoodie and a camp chair if you have one, and at least one disc as we will have a few ‘ring of fires’ to play while we are all together. We will also have a small ‘vendor village’ on site too so if you have something you want to sell please get in contact with our TD, Benjamin Smith <laughingbenjamin>. Food will be served starting around 6pm. Please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions or food allergies.

We are also trying very hard to be a ‘green’ event. Portable water stations will be set up on the courses and players are encouraged to bring reusable things whenever possible. We are working on putting reusable water bottles in everyones player pack too. Both courses are set on beautiful farmland and we hope everyone subscribes to the policy of ‘leave nothing but footprints behind’. So if you pack it in prepare to pack it out.

Depending on how the first two rounds go we may bump up the Sunday start to 07:00 am so we can have the vast majority of the players done in time to see the final round of the MPO top card. The aim is to have the closing ceremonies at the Hillcrest clubhouse at 4:30pm on Sunday evening.

As we have mentioned many times before Hillcrest is a gem of a course. It is a John Houck designed beauty with both long and short tees that offer a variety of challenging and fun shots for players of all kinds. As our good friend once said, “it’s the most fun you will ever have shooting in the sixties.” Of course you can insert your own number here based on your skill level, but either way you’ll be in for a good time. There is lots of information out there on Hillcrest on both DG course review or the PDGA website, or you can find the full story here: http://hillcrestfarmpei.com/discgolf/ . However our second course is a bit more of a mystery for most people so we’ll do our best to give you a little rundown for the Huck It Disc Golf Course.

The Huck It Disc golf Course is located at 1517 Newton Road, Middleton, Prince Edward Island. Some maps may call it ‘Kinkora’ but it really is in Middleton. Owned and operated by Charlie Mccardle, an 8th generation PEI farmer. Even though their family line can be traced back to their landing on PEI in 1833 they are still considered ‘come-from-aways’ by the locals. Charlie was a long time tree planter and fairly new to disc golf when he moved home and started playing at Hillcrest. He was soon inspired by what the Best family had done and realized that he himself had the land to make something similar… and he was right!

His course is nestled in 50+ acres of rolling woods surrounded by farm fields. It’s a beautiful mixed wood mature acadian forest that is interrupted only by a beautiful meandering stream. Four homemade (but very safe) bridges span the water and offer a wonderful charm that is a luxury to find on any disc golf course. The trees that were cut to make the fairways became bridges, benches, and unique features for the course. All tee pads are concrete with lots of space and signage. Although the par is not set yet the aim is to end up around 60. There are many beautiful shots and challenging positions and one signature hole that is sure to make some enemies. The course is open to play right now informally. The club house is pretty simple and not all the baskets are permanent yet. There is still some cleaning to be done but we are completely confident that it will be ready in lots of time for nationals. Both of these courses are pay to play, the first of their kind in the Maritimes. More info on this course and pictures will follow sometime this summer. If you would like to see some pictures in the meantime and are on instagram check out Huck It @huckitdiscgolf or the Maritime Disc Golf Association #maritimedga

One last note for you travellers, if you are coming by plane and you haven’t booked your ticket don’t forget to call our travel agency at 1.800.565.5404. They can help you secure the best deal out there and they have been very generous to us by supplying goodies for the player packs. If you are driving don’t forget that you have to pay to leave the island (that’s how they get you!) so make sure you save at least 48$ CAD for the trip home.

Spring is here so take off a layer, have fun and throw often.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back to the update train! Forgive our absence last month but between the Glass Blown Open (GBO) and selling a house our committee members flat out took a bogie on the last hole. With that being said we will double up our efforts this month and take a run at the target!

First off, we have found a place for our player’s check in and official welcome event on Thursday evening from 8-9pm. We will be using The Beer Gardens:
http://beergardenpei.com/, which is located in downtown Charlottetown (on Kent Street). We will be distributing player packs from 6:30-9:30pm and will have information on both competition courses and rules for the event. We strongly encourage all players to attend. The player meeting itself is from 8-9pm.

We will also have beer! Not just for Thursday night but a beer made especially for this historic Canadian event. The PEI Brewing Company http://peibrewingcompany.com/ is working on brewing us our own special ‘Nor’easter’. More details will be announced next month.

We are also excited to announce that UDisc Live, https://udisclive.com/ will be covering our event: https://udisclive.com/schedule/ Stay up to date with live scores after every hole, follow your friends and keep an eye on the leader boards. After seeing this service live at the GBO we can say without a doubt it is fantastic!

Speaking of the GBO, we were able to pick out some sweet player pack discs and goodies and we very much think you’ll love what we have in store. Let us quash the rumours right now… there are no ZÜCA carts in the player packs, but thanks for asking!

One more addition to the Saturday night banquet – we will have a washer toss tournament! Don’t worry if you have never played or even heard of ‘washer toss’ it’s basically like mini disc golf! It’s a Maritime favourite and we know you’ll love it. The first place team will win a set of washer boxes to take home and spread the joy.

We are going to open up registration for the C-Tier Flex Start events in early July just as soon as we close registration for the Nationals. There are only 18 spots left in the Open division so if you know someone sitting on the fence, their time is running out. Wait list spots are still available at no cost to you (just make sure you don’t select any of the ‘Optional Items when you sign up, but you can put that information into the ‘Notes’ field.)

We will be offering a chartered fishing boat trip on Wednesday morning (details on the Nationals Facebook Event page) and an escape room experience on Tuesday evening in Cavendish, PEI. Registrations for these will happen on Facebook later this month.

More cottages have just been made available. For information call Benjamin Smith at 902-669-0764.
As always we have more goodies in the works to try and give you the best disc golf experience we can provide. Feedback is always welcome either by emailing our TD @ laughingbenjamin@gmail.com or by posting on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/351611005322548/

Just a reminder of what our schedule looks like:

Monday, September 10, 2018
4:30pm - Drop in Doubles at Huck it Disc Golf course in Middleton, PEI

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
1:30pm - Drop in doubles at Hillcrest Farm in Bonshaw, PEI
4:30pm - Women’s Clinic with Paige Pierce (!) at the Dieppe Disc Golf Course in Dieppe, NB

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm - Flex Start C-Tier @ Huck-it
4:30pm - Workshop with Paige Pierce and Nate Sexton @ Huck-it

Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:30am – 3:00pm Flex Start C-Tier @ Hillcrest 830-3pm
4:30pm - Champs vs. Chumps @ Hillcrest
Early Registration and players meeting (location TBD)

Friday, September 14, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm - Round 1 Canadian National Championships
All Pro Divisions at Hillcrest
All Am Divisions at Huck it Disc Golf

Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:30am – 4:00pm - Round 2 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Huck it Disc Golf
All Ams at Hillcrest
4:30pm – 10:30pm Saturday Night Banquet @ Lord’s Sea Side Cottages

Sunday, September 16, 2018
8:00am – 5:30pm Round 3 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Hillcrest
All Ams at Huck it Disc Golf
Closing Ceremonies @4:30pm @ Hillcrest
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just signed up for champs vs chumps, anyone want to join me? - http://centralcoastdg.com/product/canadian-nationals-champs-vs-chumps-one-hole-of-play/
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Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:16 am    Post subject: The latest update Reply with quote

Hello Folks!

We are deep in the throws of mid-summer disc golf season so I hope everybody is rounding into shape nicely. Nationals is picking up steam as the days grow nearer.

As we've had a few last-minute withdrawals from both the Pro and the Am Nationals, we've re-opened registration for both sides of the Canadian nationals for two weeks (with registration ending on Aug. 27th). This gives you one last chance for you and your friends to get in and experience an amazing experience in Canada's beach province with courses that are soon to be amongst your favourites. The last few nationals have set the bar and we are confident that this year’s event will raise it a notch higher. Our focus is on making this event an experience you won’t soon forget and the only way to experience it is to be here!

When you do get here we have lots of goodies in store. Our Flex Start PDGA C-Tiers are also now open:
https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Nationals_Week_Flex_Start_C_Tier_2018

https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Nationals_Week_Flex_Start_C_Tier_at_Huck_It_Disc_Golf_Course_2018

These are one round events that you can play any time during the posted hours. Wednesday will be played at the Huck-it course from 7:30am-3:30pm, and Thursday will be at Hillcrest. A small note of change for the Hillcrest Flex Start will be closing at 1:30 pm (players must register between 7:30am – 1:30pm) as we have decided to bump up the time for Champs vs. Chumps so we can play the long tees. I mean if we’re going to do it, lets do it right and see what those chumps really got.

While we are on the topic the tickets for Champs vs Chumps can be found here:

http://centralcoastdg.com/product-category/champ-vs-chumps-tickets/

A $40 ticket will get you a hole vs Simon Lizotte and Paige Pierce. There is also a way to register to volunteer with CCDG and perhaps earn a free hole against the Champs. Tee off will be at 2:00pm sharp at Hillcrest. Bring your ‘A’ game because this will be on the internet for a long, long, time…

Don’t forget following the Champs vs. Chumps our players meeting (8pm) and early check in (starting at 6:30pm) will be held in Charlottetown at the Beer Gardens, http://beergardenpei.com/ which is about a 25-30 minute drive away. We strongly encourage all participants come so we can fill you in on the courses and all the goodies we have been working on.

We have also decided to make the caddy book into digital form and will be releasing a PDF of all the pertinent information in early September. We will still have a physical copy of course maps and rules in your players pack for those of you who prefer the more traditional “book app” a.k.a. paper.

We are also pleased to announce that Dustin Keegan and Peter McBride are going to run a Dynamic workshop for any and all interested players on Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 5:30pm at the Beech Hill course in Sackville, New Brunswick. https://www.pdga.com/course-directory/course/beech-hill-park-disc-golf-course This event will run at the same time as the women’s clinic in Dieppe (roughly 20 minutes away, all on the mainland). The cost of this clinic is $30 and will come with some free Dynamic swag. Interested players should e-mail laughingbenjamin@gmail.com and put "Sackville Clinic" in the title line to reserve a spot.

As I am sure you are all aware, Dynamic Discs is our title sponsor and because of that we are working on ways to have them help us knock this event out of the park. More details will be made available as soon as we have conformation on some of the extras we are trying to squeeze in.

We would also love to welcome our newest sponsor, The PEI Hand Pie Company! http://handpie.ca/ Hand pies are exactly what you’d expect them to be, hand held pies that come in a variety of flavours from sweet to savoury. Their shop is located conveniently between the two courses and will be a must stop for all players and fans of good food. These folks are doing great things are a big supporter of disc golf on the island so lets all show them some love. Believe me it is well worth the stop!

Last but not least we have been receiving a good number of volunteer requests. Anyone who wishes to volunteer some of their time should send an e-mail to (go figure…) laughingbenjamin@gmail.com, this time mark "Volunteer" in the title line. Anyone who volunteers 15 or more hours over the week will receive an Am players pack, and will also be filled with the sweet sensation of knowing you helped make the biggest PDGA event in Canadian history a success.

Our event will be one of the last chances to qualify for the 2018 USDGC. As long as you are playing in an Open division and your score is in the top qualifying spots you will earn your way to this historic event.

Don’t forget that our player's banquet is included in your tournament entry fees. The banquet will be held rain or shine on the sweet seaside landscape of Lord’s Seaside Cottages. This is a can’t miss part of our Nationals so book yourself a free night on Saturday and bring whatever you need to feel comfy for an evening at the beach. We will have amazing food, a washer toss event, practice baskets, door prizes and maritime hospitality out the wazoo, so you just need to bring yourself to have a good time. If you play an instrument or have a good lawn chair, bring it along as well.

Here is a quick look at our updated schedule:

Monday, September 10, 2018
4:30pm - Drop in Doubles at “Huck it” Disc Golf course in Middleton, PEI

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
1:30pm - Drop in Doubles at Hillcrest Farm D.G. Course
4:30pm - Women’s Clinic with Paige Pierce (and friends)! at the Dieppe Disc Golf Course in Dieppe, NB.
5:30pm - Dynamic Workshop with Dustin Keegan & Peter McBride at the Beech Hill D.G. Course in Sackville, NB.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm Flex Start C-Tier @ Huck-it
4:30pm - Workshop with Paige Pierce and Nate Sexton @ Huck-it

Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:30am – 1:30pm Flex star C tiert @ Hillcrest 8:30am-3:00pm
2:00pm Champs vs. Chumps @ Hillcrest

Early Registration and players meeting 8pm at the Beer Gardens, Charlottetown PEI

Friday, September 14, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm Round 1 Canadian National Championships
All Pro Divisions at Hillcrest
All Am Divisions at Huck it Disc Golf

Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:30am – 4:00pm Round 2 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Huck it Disc Golf
All Ams at Hillcrest

5:30pm – 10:30pm Saturday Night Banquet @ Lords Sea Side Cottages
***Food starting at 6:00pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018
8:00am – 5:30pm Round 3 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Hillcrest
All Ams at Huck it Disc Golf
Closing Ceremonies @4:30 @ Hillcrest
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are on the back nine! That's right, we are less then a month away from tee off and things are shaping up nicely.

We have re-opened both the Pro and Am side of the Nationals to fill them up after a few last-minute cancellations. Now is your chance to bring that friend of yours who was sitting on the fence. Registration will remain open until August 27th.

Pro registrations:
http://dgscene.com/canada-pro

Am registrations:
http://dgscene.com/canada-am

There are a few minor tweaks to the schedule that should be noted:

Monday, September 10, 2018
4:30pm Drop in Doubles at “Huck it” Disc Golf course in Middleton, PEI

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
**1:00pm Drop in Doubles at Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course, Bonshaw, PEI
4:30pm Women’s Clinic with Paige Pierce! at the Dieppe Disc Golf Course in Dieppe, NB
4:30pm Workshop with Nate Perkins! at the Sackville, NB Course

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm Flex Start C-Tier @ Huck-it
https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Nationals_Week_Flex_Start_C_Tier_at_Huck_It_Disc_Golf_Course_2018
4:30pm Workshop with Paige Pierce and Nate Sexton @ Huck-it

Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:30am – 2:00pm Flex star C-Tier @ Hillcrest 8:30am-3:00pm.
https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Nationals_Week_Flex_Start_C_Tier_2018
2:30pm Champs vs. Chumps @ Hillcrest
To register: http://centralcoastdg.com/product-category/champ-vs-chumps-tickets/
6:30-9:00pm Early Registration and players meeting (8pm) at the Beer Gardens 190-192 Kent St., Charlottetown, PEI

Friday, September 14, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm Round 1 Canadian National Championships
All Pro Divisions at Hillcrest
All Am Divisions at Huck it Disc Golf

Saturday, September 15, 2018
*8:00am – 4:00pm Round 2 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Huck it Disc Golf
All Ams at Hillcrest
5:30pm – 10:30pm Saturday Night Banquet @ Lords Sea Side Cottages
***Food starting at 6:00pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018
8:00am – 5:30pm Round 3 Canadian National Championships
All Pros at Hillcrest
All Ams at Huck it Disc Golf
Closing Ceremonies @4:30pm @ Hillcrest

Note that we bumped the doubles up to 1:00pm on Tuesday. Nate Perkins has graciously stepped up to run a workshop in
Sackville, NB, open to anyone on Tuesday afternoon at the same time as the women’s clinic in Dieppe.

You should also be aware that we will have staff at the Beer Gardens from 6:00pm Thursday night to help with any early check ins. The players meeting will be at 8:00pm. As mentioned before we would strongly suggest all player attend.
All awards for winners of doubles events or the C-Tier flex starts will be given out at the Saturday night banquet at Lords.
For anyone who has ever run an event, be it large or small, you would know how important sponsorship is to making the event better. We have been blessed with strong support from businesses all over the island and clubs both locally and from across Canada and I think it is worth repeating who they are and how what we can do to return the support. So here is a list of who stepped up and what and how to find them:

Bridge City Gunners Disc Golf Club – Representing Lethbridge Alberta, give ‘em a like on Facebook and stop in to play if you are ever passing that way.

Charlottetown Beer Garden – Come for the player’s check in and early registration. Enjoy live music and great beer here anytime.

C.R.M. Ready Mix – If you are ever doing a project on the island that needs concrete why not start here.

Everwood Ave. Brew Shop – Check them out online or in person. A fantastic supplier of brew shop products and disc golf goodies.

Fredericton Air Benders Disc Golf Club – A fantastic club who have been working hard to bring a bigger and better disc golf presence to the Fredericton area.

Greensmith Contracting – Landscape and design services and 16 disc golf courses built. Have something awesome you want to see created, Greensmith can make it a reality.

Hammond’s Plains Disc Golf Club – Another longstanding and extremely active club in the Maritimes. Check them out on Facebook and come play one of their regular events.

The Handpie Company – So delicious!! Hand Pies will be for sale at the courses and a stop into the shop is a must on your trip.

Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course – Play here every single chance you get, then tell your friends to do the same.

Huck It Disc Golf – Play here as soon as you leave Hillcrest, then tell your friends to do the same!

Hunter’s Ale House – Want a big plate of great food and PEI hospitality, here is your spot. Enjoy a afternoon or evening here and you will leave satisfied.

Kastaplast – A lovely addition to the bag. Check them out online, although I have the feeling you will get a first hand chance to do that once you get here.

Lord’s Seaside Cottages – If you are not lucky enough to have secured a cottage here this time be sure to book ahead for next year, or anytime you want to stay seaside at a disc golf friendly location.

MacQueen’s Bicycle Shop – Reduced rate bike rentals for Nationals week. If you looking to buy a bike look no further than MacQueen’s!

Maritime Disc Golf Association – The hub of the wheel that makes disc golf go around the Maritimes. Like us and come play!

Mystery Moncton – Owned by one of our own. Made for those who love escape rooms. Always a great time for all those who are curious to break out of the norm.

O’Shea’s Pub & Eatery – Located in Kinkora about four minutes from Huck-it, this is your local pub for the area. Come on in and show them that disc golfers are a force.

PDGA Canada – The hub of the wheel for disc golf in Canada, we really couldn’t do it without them.

PEI Brewing Company – Have you tried “Banging Chains” IPA? If not, you really should, if you have, why not try it again? When a company steps up this big time lets all do the same.

PEI Chain Smokers Disc Golf Club – Making disc golf more fun on the island since the beginning.
Prince Edward Island – Come back often, if not for the awesome disc golf then for everything else the island has to offer.

Rodd Hotels and Resorts – With hotels and resorts in many of the places you want to be you can always find a great room with Rodd!

Room Escape Cavendish – Same great owners as Moncton with a great island location near the PEI National Park beaches. Take some time to make the trip.

Sackville Disc Golf Club / Beech Hill DGC – The original disc golf club in the Maritimes, if you are driving make the stop here, as its only seconds off the highway and always a treat to play.

The Travel Store– 1.800.565.5404, call from anywhere in North America and talk to an agent with almost 50 years of experience in the travel business.

Houck Design – The builders of Hillcrest, what more could you ask for!

UDisc – Get the app, love the company! They are elevating the game we love and we love them for it!

Züca Carts – The best thing to happen to disc golf since chains. The Kastaplast discs and the Züca Cart were made available through Ace Runners – check them out on their website and on Facebook and they’ll handle your disc golf needs.

*** DYNAMIC DISCS – They have stepped up in more ways than one. The entire Maritime region owes a debt of gratitude to DD and we wouldn’t be here without them. Go online, Facebook, or better yet make the trip to Kansas and the GBO for one of the best disc golf experiences you could ever dream of!

So that’s it for now. We will talk again soon, but we personally don’t think it is too early to start packing your bags!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the calendar flips to September we are only days away from Nationals. It’s time to pack your bags, wipe off your putters and talk details!

First off, both the courses we are using are private courses and the Hillcrest course would like all players to have a signed waiver form submitted before they play their first round. The waiver form can be found here at the bottom of this update. Please print and sign the form and submit it when you first arrive at the course. Physical copies will be made available at the players meeting as well for those who can’t print one off.

Don’t forget if you are playing in the A-tier (all open divisions) you are required to have your ‘officials’ status in good standing in time for the event. Follow the link here to take care of that before Nationals: https://www.pdga.com/rules/exam

Next up is the players banquet at Lord’s Seaside Cottages, tinyurl.com/PlayersBanquet We are going full ‘cookout style’ and bbq’ing burgers (veggies or meat) and/or sausage and salad for all players. We will have 6 (or more) barbeques going and food will be served between 6-7pm following by some thank you’s, the awards for the Flex Start C-Tiers, a few ring of fires, a washer toss tournament, and some raffle draws. We will have a parking attendant on site and players are asked to carpool if possible. You will want to bring a warm sweater, a putter, a chair (if needed) and additional drinks or snacks you may want to consume during the evening. In the event of really crappy weather the banquet will be cancelled (boooo) and we will feed all the players on Sunday either before or after their round.

There are still some spots for Champs vs Chumps. Don’t miss your opportunity to support Central Coast and live on in fame or infamy for years to come while playing against two of the best in our game, Paige and Simon. To register: tinyurl.com/MakeMeDiscFamous

You can still preregister for our PDGA C-Tier Flex Start events or just show up day of.

Wednesday at Huck It:
dgscene.com/FS-Huck-It

Thursday at Hillcrest:
dgscene.com/FS-Hillcrest

Both courses will be open for general practice on days and times when we do not have other events going on. Green fees at each course are $10/course per day.

We can always use more volunteers to spot on some of the more technical holes. No experience is required and there are some goodies in store for anyone who puts in 15 hours of volunteer time during the week. We also could use some volunteers for the UDisc scoring and as photographers and assistants at Hillcrest. If you are interested or know someone who might be available, please fire an e-mail to laughingbenjamin@gmail.com

Other than that, travel safe and be prepared for great times on ‘The Island.’ We will post one more update next week.

Waiver form:
https://tinyurl.com/Hillcrest-Waiver
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