Judging by the number of people stumbling around the woods and brush in the hills above Spruce Grove on any given afternoon, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of disc golfers in Whistler.
The new course has had excellent reviews so far, and the question on everyone?s mind is "when are we going to have a tournament?" After all, that?s part of the reason it was created.
The answer to that question is Oct. 13.
It will be a 26-hole tournament, with categories for men and women, both amateur and pro.
"The feedback I?ve gotten from the regular players is fantastic," says event organizer Tasso Lazaridis. "Now the not-so-regular players, the ones who go out just to have fun with their friends, they seem intimidated to compete in this kind of event. This is why we wanted to create an amateur and pro division, in which the amateur tees could be used.
"Ideally, what I would like to do is create a network of disc golfers so everyone knows where they stand among local players. We all know we can play but we just don?t know how we stack up."
There will be prizes for the best scores, the most honest scores, and draw prizes you can win just by showing up. If there are enough entrees, there may also be room for cash prizes. Katmandu is a major sponsor, and so far the prizes available include a snowboard, Flow bindings, and golf discs. There will be more sponsors lined up before the tournament.
You can also register in advance at Katmandu. The cost is $15 to enter, which includes your ticket to the awards party at the Crab Shack.