Wrap Up: Martha’s Vineyard Social
This past weekend a crew from Vermont headed down for the eighth annual Vineyard Social at Riverhead Field Discgolf Course in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. It was a great weekend with a tad bit of rain on Friday for a practice round and overcast Saturday morning but the afternoon was sunny and beautiful.
We had over 10 peeps making the trek down playing in Pro-Open, Pro-Masters, Am2, Am1 and Am Women divisions. I had meant to pay close attention to how peeps placed but after a couple long days of driving, discgolf and some tasty drinks that escaped me. I will do an update to this post once the scores are posted up on NEFA. But in the meantime some pictures will have to suffice.
UPDATED – I said above that I’d update once scores were posted. Well here is how the crew from VT did. A big shout out to Anne Lewis (Pro Masters) and Justin Devico (Am 1) on their debuts in new divisions. Great job!
7th – Dave Frothingham 901 59 57 116
8th – Sean Bleything 59 59 118
12th – Chris Young 1329 58 63 121
13th – Peter Hess 902 68 55 123
2nd – Anne Lewis 995 64 59 123.
8th – Justin Devico 66 60 126
26th – Seth McQuade 1311 63 71 134
29th – Ira Divoll 1518 71 71 142
13th – Charles “Chuckles” Chamberlain 71 65 136
2nd – Gretchen Kruesi 95 75 170 (CTP winner)
3rd – Keri Hess 1137 98 73 171
This was my first tourney (and course) outside of Vermont or family visits in NY and even with a bit of a rocky start (car batteries always die when it is least convenient) still had an amazing time. If you plan on going parking is about 4 miles from the ferry itself. The ferry is pretty nice but very punctual and only runs about once an hour. However, you may luck out (like we did) and get on a freight ferry.
The area is in a state forest with about 15 acres with two courses – Red Course (with only one set of tees aptly they are Red tees) and Main Course (with Blue and White tees). Though neither course has many elevation changes, the Red Course has some very technical holes. PDGA describes it as “tight wooded areas balanced with long open fairways.” And they are not kidding when they say tight. If you like trees (and lots and lots of trees) you’ll love this course. I found it to be a bit over my skill level but I know it will certainly challenge my game in the long run.
The Main Course has some pretty big holes for you to test your arm and with both white and blue tees good options for players at multiple levels. Just be careful of the OB’s on a couple of the holes. The wind can be a bit strong and before you know it you are over the line. All and all it is a great course and the locals were super welcoming. I’d encourage anyone to take a road trip down.
A must visit in the area is the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company. We had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time with amazing oysters and great cocktails (if you like Martini’s you will be in good company).
Ok more to come once scores are posted but the Vermont Crew had a great time down on the Vineyard. Here is to hoping for an even bigger crew for next year.