Last weekend, May 13, 14, & 15, 180 disc golf aficionados competed in the 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Meltdown.
The course was closed to traditional golfers during the tournament to allow the participants unfettered access to the tees, greens, and golf carts.
The tournament is a PDGA (Pro Disc Golf Association), sanctioned B-tier, tournament with 2 rounds taking place at the beautiful Shining Mountain Golf Club (golf carts included) and 1 round at Widefield Park.
Competitors vied for trophies and cash prizes depending on which class the players belong to. Top pros played for …………………………
This is the second time Shining Mt has hosted a disc golf tournament. Last November the 1st annual Shining Mountain Fall Classic attracted 72 golfers who braved the snowy course to compete in the inaugural event.
Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in America and more and more golf courses are integrating disc golf into their course.
Dave Rowe, from Snowmass Village, Colorado, who competes in the Intermediate Division, said, “This is about the third golf course I’ve played on. It’s nice to get the interaction when you have ball golfers and disco golfers on the same course. The hospitality has been really great, for sure.”
After completing Sunday’s round, in the Advanced Division, Chris Peoopida said about the course, “It’s pretty cool man. Top notch.. Having the golf carts adds a whole new dimension to the game.”
Shawn Welsh, is partial owner of Throw Colorado, the organization that put on the tournament said, “I was director of player services at a private country club in Kansas City. I moved to Colorado and the disc golf scene here was just amazing and I was ready for a switch. I see the future of disc golf as being very bright. It’s very attainable, sustainable, and affordable game.”
Disc golf tournaments on traditional golf courses are in the infant stage. Welsh said, “This is only the second sanctioned disc golf tournament that has been on an actual golf course in Colorado. The first was last year, The Flying Eagle Open. One of the rounds was on Gypsum Creek golf course. They set up a temporary disc golf course. Here, this is a permanent installation so it’s really exciting. People can come up and play everyday if they want.”
Welsh was grateful to the town and to Shining Mt. Golf Course for putting on the event. He said, “I’d like to thank the town of Woodland Park. They showed up really well. I’d like to thank the staff at Shining Mt. They did a great job for the whole event. Great food, great service, great smiles, great people. Everything has been amazing. We can’t wait to bring another event to Woodland Park.”
Look for disc golf to play a prominent roll on the Shining Mt. course in the future. Plans are being ironed out for the 2nd Fall Classic and Shining Mt, with the help of Throw Colorado is having another tournament this June.
The upcoming June disc golf tournament at Shining Mt. is being called “The Ball and Chains Tournament.” The tournament name comes from combining the tradition ball golf and the chain holes from disc golf. Teams will be made up of two players to each team. Each player will play one round of ball golf and one round of disc golf.
“This event is directed at the local crowd that plays ball golf here. It is aimed at teaching them how to play disc golf.” said Welsh.
When asked if he is seeing any tension between traditional golfers and disc golfers Welsh said, “Absolutely not. Especially here. All I see is wide eyes and a lot of questions and people being very interested in what’s happening with disc golf and ball golf merging and they do a great job of doing it here.”