Posted August 4th, 2013 by Gretchen
And by win I mean one of those win-win situations. Here’s the deal. There’s a fantastic new course going in at the Quarries in Barre. Ok I actually haven’t seen it but any course that you throw over a quarry is going to be solid in my opinion. But here’s the win-win. The peeps putting it together need some volunteer help. You know the kind that comes from a community that wants more courses and places to play. So whatta say? Want another great VT course? Well, give Al Rosa a shout and pitch in. I’m sure he’ll be forever grateful. Maybe he’ll even put on his favorite “suit”.
In case you’re wondering more details on course – here’s what I know:
- 18 holes, with options to shorten – 8 dif. configurations that allow folks to circle back to the parking lot from various baskets.
- Natural tees. Blue and White on each hole
- Signature hole #5 which plays over a quarry. Distance is approx. 150ft, but the water and granite ledge wreaks havoc on the mind!
- The Quarries Disc Golf, located within the Town of Barre Forest. Parking lot is 44 Brook St, Websterville, VT 05678
- Google Map
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Posted July 17th, 2013 by Gretchen
Hi folks your friendly blogger here. Well, I should add “absent” blogger since I’ve been pretty logged out this summer. But, really I can’t feel bad about it, because I’ve been off traveling to all sorts of fun places. So to that end, if anyone has anything exciting to report (and pictures) you should pass them along my way. I’m not really playing the tournaments this year so writing up on an event I’m not at isn’t gonna happen. I’ll be hitting up Wrightsville and perhaps Burke and/or Finals but outside of that I leave it up to any budding writers wanting to add their two cents on how the tourney season is turning out.
Speaking of tournaments – Lincoln Peak Open is just days away. Have you registered? Well, you should. New this year – playing the base course only! Have fun. Looks like the weather gods have finally turned out some sunny (and hot) Vermont days.
And in case you missed it the one and only Sean B. played in Am Worlds not too long ago. You should breeze through his tumblr here: http://smbvt.tumblr.com/post/54974143135/zero-hour-at-2013-pdga-am-worlds Apparently it was hot, you know just a balmy 105 with some high winds- think of that as you’re out playing LPO this weekend.
Anyone played the new course in Manchester? What’d ya think? Love to hear (and have some pics). Thanks to the crew for expanding DG access in VT. Southern Vermont is certainly under represented.
Want some more chances to play? Well, don’t forget about our fun and fabulous leagues and other non-tournament events here: http://www.gmdgc.org/other-events-leagues/
P.S. The Ladies had a great time playing at Johnson this past weekend. It was sunny and beautiful. Be fair warned trimming isn’t really happening these days so watch those discs. Next ladies round on deck: August 11th at Wrightsville.
Posted July 1st, 2013 by Jeff
Another year, another thrilling event at the dynamic White River Disc Golf Course in Randolph, VT. This year’s Gnome’s Challenge was the 6th in the books, and it did not fail to deliver in fun, exciting disc golf battles in numerous divisions, and overall quality. But, before we get into the details, we must thank Peter Flaherty, the Gnome Master and Course Keeper for his work to keep this course up and running, especially after the destruction it saw after Irene flooded the White River last year, nearly taking the whole operation out. We must also thank Chris Young, this tournament’s director and a major force in the fundraising and volunteer campaign that restored the course to operable shape. Lastly, to all those who helped in those efforts, thank you. You’re the reason we got to play the Gnome’s Challenge again this season!
On to the action! The weather was astoundingly good throughout the contested rounds, the first event in our last three to feature somewhat pleasant weather during tournament play. We also had a season best for turnout as 76 golfers showed up. Our large-hearted Prez couldn’t turn those last 4 away, so he instead made an extra hole and we all played on a new 19-hole, Par 57 layout. With all the hot scores, you wouldn’t know that there was an extra hole in there! Anywho, here’s a rundown of the division winners: continue reading »
Posted June 11th, 2013 by Jeff
Smugglers’ Notch is all in when it comes to Vermont disc golf and it showed this past weekend! The Brewster Ridge Open went off this past Saturday and was our first GMPS event to sell out during this 2013 season. After another wet day that included a DNF and two no-shows, we saw 69 scores turned in, and they reflected a course that provided a formidable challenge to the field; only a few scores beat par. More on the results later, first a quick recap of the operation at Smuggs.
Tourney Central was the beautiful and brand new Brewster Ridge Pro Shop that has recently materialized at the new starting location of this course. The shop is located at the bottom of the Arbortrek driveway, just off of Edwards Rd, a road that loops off of Rt. 108 just short of the main entrance to the resort. It features BACHNEIN products following a recently struck deal with the trendy local VT disc golf company. Combo that with a full selection of Innova, Discraft, and Prodigy discs, along with snacks and refreshments, this is now the go to disc golf location in Northern VT. The course was also met with positive reviews that reflect a well maintained and buffed out course that only a full time staff can get you. If you haven’t been yet, do yourself a favor and go check it out. It’s only going to get better!
Brewster stamped discs, now available at the new pro shop!
When it came to the tourney, the competition was fierce, but the winners were definitive. Overall, a soggy day, the playing conditions stayed much better than the soaking, cold rain/snow we battled 2-weeks ago at Blackfalls. Player’s hands were pretty dry and did not soak through and, though the ground got soggy, the sweet tee pads held up great and stayed grippy throughout the event. Through a mist of precipitation emerged our division winners:
MPO – Jeff Spring
MPM – Dan Desch
MPG – John Sudarsky
AM1 – Andy Powell
AM2 – Evan Spher
FA1 – Jen Frantz
GM1 – Nyles Johnson
FA2 – Zoe Mader
AM3 – Braxton Showalter
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Posted May 27th, 2013 by Gretchen
I’m not exactly sure on all the details from BlackFalls this past weekend but as one dger said “it was disc golf gone wild.” Sometimes mother nature shines down on us, like the glorious weather today, but on Saturday she offered a slap down. Rainy down pour to get every nice and wet, and add some frigid temperatures and snow to boot. Uhm. Yeah. Not going to lie. More power to those that enjoyed it, but if I’m going to miss a tourney, I’ll pass on the snow in May. Word on the street is that at least one player fell In the water (bummer) and according to facebook Dave F. took a drive to the face (double bummer)
In fact, there was a little poll taken at the lunch break and decided that we’d keep this to a one round tournament. Yeah, that sounds like a good call. Huge thanks to Johnny for running the show and of course having a couple of awesome courses. continue reading »