Disc Golf Tournaments come in many different shapes and sizes. For first timers and beginners we recommend playing in a weekly or monthly event at your local course to get your feet wet. That being said, it is a great experience on a whole different level when you participate in a Professional Disc Golf Association Tournament. Below a few of the reasons why.
1. Better Competition:
Disc Golfers that attend PDGA events tend to know the rules of the game this gives them the uncanny ability to follow them. They also take the game seriously since their performance in these tournaments affect their player rating.
2. Better Turnouts:
More people means better prizes and more payouts. Pro players win cash and Ams get merchandise such as discs or apparel. More players also means more player divisions. This allows players of similar skill levels to play rounds of golf together. Examples of divisions are Professional, Amateur, Intermediate and Recreational. Plus there are other divisions for different age groups and genders.
3. Smoother Rate of Play:
When a weekly or monthly event takes place on a disc golf course, casual players who may not know about the tournament can attempt to play on the course at the same time. Oftentimes, this slows the rate of play and negatively affects overall tournament experience. However, when a tournament director schedules a PDGA Event, the course is closed to causal players that are not participating in the tournament.
4. Play Next to World Champions:
A and B tier events have bigger prizes purses which draw better competition to the stage and often times you’ll find yourself playing next to a Disc Golf World Champion. What other sport do you know of that allows amateur and recreational players to participate in the same place as the best in the sport?
5. Enjoy the Tour Community:
If you play a few PDGA Events you will soon discover that friendly and familiar faces tend to appear. Some players travel all over their state or even across the country to play the best courses around. Seeing the smiling faces of players that are having fun participating in a game they love is what makes all the preparation, entry fees and traveling well worth it.
Thanks for finding out why we love attending and playing in PDGA Touraments and we hope to see you at one in the near future. Keep in mind that if Sublime Flight is attending, we will have new and used discs for sale so check out our selection.
Now, log on the the PDGA website by clicking the link at the bottom of this article to see where and when these events are taking place in your area and sign up for a PDGA Tournament. Here are a few tournaments that we recommend to play in or to watch that are around North Carolina. The Azalea Tournament in Wilmington, The Charleston Classic in SC, The Tarheel Tourament at UNC, The Forest Hills Open in Durham, The Oak Hollow Open in High Point, The Whispering Pines Hybrid Tournament near Pinehurst and the Midtown Chiropractic Raleigh Disc Golf Championship. Keep in mind that some of these events are very popular and will fill very fast.