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National Disc Golf Day

National Disc Golf Day

2020 hasn’t exactly gone as planned, right? But we’re hoping to bring the spirit back a bit this weekend with another annual installment of our favorite celebration: National Disc Golf Day, which takes place on Saturday, August 1.

And to make up for some of this year’s heartache, we’ve decided to extend the festivities with a weekend-long virtual tournament that will bring together every disc golfer in America on the same leaderboard.

Fifth Annual National Disc Golf Day Takes on New Significance Amidst Global Health Crisis

Since 2016, the first Saturday in August has been celebrated throughout the United States as National Disc Golf Day. This year, as the sport grapples with a pandemic that shuttered competition for months and continues to have a wide-ranging impact, the August 1 holiday takes on greater significance: a unique opportunity to showcase disc golf’s universal appeal and accessibility to a large nationwide audience at a moment when there is unprecedented demand for safe, inexpensive outdoor recreation.

The sport’s inclusion on the popular National Day Calendar was the result of an effort led by Throw Pink Co-founder Sara Nicholson and Minnesota PDGA State Coordinator Jason Wilder who, in consultation with disc golf legends Dan “Stork” Roddick #003, Jim Palmeri #023, and Tom Monroe #033, chose early August for its significance to the sport dating back to the legendary 1974 American Flying Disc Open.

After a rigorous application process in which they were tasked with demonstrating disc golf’s organizational and historical bona fides, Nicholson and Wilder’s bid was selected as one of only 30 honorees from the 18,000-odd proposals received each year by the National Day Calendar Committee.

“It was an exciting day when I received the email from the National Calendar folks,” Nicholson said. “It felt like a big win for the future of the sport – being recognized outside of the disc golf world on a site that over 3 million people (per year) were visiting.”

The National Day Calendar organization says that over 20,000 media outlets have sourced stories from their website and that, “as the #1 trending topic of all time on social media, National Day Calendar offers a powerful media mix of digital, radio, social media and television news platforms that reach a hyper-engaged audience of celebrators across the United States and around the globe.”

This year the PDGA is helping to promote National Disc Golf Day by partnering with tournament directors to shine a spotlight on local clubs and events and spread the word that disc golf is an affordable, safe activity for new participants, families, and anyone looking to get their competitive juices flowing.

“It seems that there is a boom in new disc golfers right now,” Nicholson added. “People need something to bring them joy with so many stressful things happening in the world, and disc golf is doing just that.”

Virtual Tournament Added For 2020

Sure, we want all disc golfers to head out to the course on National Disc Golf Day. But at the PDGA, competition is what we do. 

With that in mind, we're happy to introduce the 2020 National Disc Golf Day Virtual Tournament.

How's it work? Simple: if you're playing a PDGA-sanctioned tournament from Friday, July 31 to Sunday August 2 – which we’re now dubbing National Disc Golf Weekend – you're in, so long as you have a round on Saturday. That includes everything from a one-day flex-start on Saturday to a three-day, elite-level A-Tier that runs from Friday-Sunday. If you’re a TD, you don’t have to do anything different to have your tournament on the list. Just do your thing and technology  will handle the rest.

From there, we’ll take competitors’ average PDGA round ratings and stack them up against every player in that division across the United States that weekend. It’s a callback to 2011’s Global Disc Golf Tournament and our small way to bring a little much-needed unity to the table. 

Plus, we’re hoping it might encourage the creation of a couple more tournaments. That’s what PDGA Director of Technology Steve Ganz and Board Member Mike Sullivan did when they put together National Disc Golf Day at Clark’s Run and National Disc Golf Day at Bluemont Park, a pair of low-cost, high-fun C-Tiers.

“We noticed there were no tournaments in all of Virginia that day,” Ganz said. “So we decided to do something about it and each of us sanctioned a one-round flex-start event so our local communities had somewhere to celebrate National Disc Golf Day.”

Billed as “no frills, just disc golf!” each tournament sports a $5 entry fee and will adhere to the PDGA’s COVID-19 protocols  

That adds nicely to the 3,630 participants currently on the virtual leaderboard across 27 divisions. We’ll see you on the course this weekend – no matter where in the States you are.

What Is Disc Golf?

Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with more than 10,000 courses in existence and two professional-level tours. The sport is played using the same general rules, terminology, and etiquette as golf, but with different equipment; the player throws an aerodynamically shaped flying disc into a standardized target that usually features metal chains. The objective, just as in golf, is to play in as few throws of the disc as possible.

Leagues on National Disc Golf Day – Saturday, August 1st

Name Tier City State
Dynasty of Champions Dawg Pound Disc Golf League Qualifier L Pontiac MI
Summer Insanity PDGA Sanctioned League L Coeur d' Alene ID
FDGC Saturday Tags League L Folsom CA
WFDGA Saturday Singles L Wichita Falls TX
GODG Summer Singles L Walhalla SC
Ironman Blues L Ray City GA
El Dorado Disc Sports Foundation L Shingle Springs CA
Highbridge Hills Saturday on Granite/Blueberry L Highbridge WI

Tournaments on National Disc Golf Day – Saturday, August 1st

Name Dates Class Tier City State
River City Open presented by Discraft - Pro Jul 31-Aug 2
Fri-Sun
Pro-Am A Grand Rapids MI
Mid America Open - DGPT Silver Series sponsored by Discraft Jul 31-Aug 2
Fri-Sun
Pro A Columbia MO
Lake Superior Open Jul 31-Aug 2
Fri-Sun
Pro-Am A Superior WI
The Battle at Birch Ridge Powered by Prodigy Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Soldotna AK
Sparkman Monster Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Hartselle AL
Muscles For Romito Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Brighton CO
Holloway Park Preview Sponsored by Florida Real Estate Team, Inc. Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am C Lakeland FL
Avian Disc Sports Open Powered by Prodigy Aug 1
Saturday
Am C Marietta GA
Shaver Flex Start Saturday 3 Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Cedar Rapids IA
ICCU Portneuf Valley Open presented by Infinite Discs Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Pocatello ID
Gibson County Challenge presented by GCVTB Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Princeton IN
2020 Madison County Open Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am B Elwood IN
Cessna Classic - MPO, Age-Protected Ams, MA2 Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Wichita KS
Indy Open 2020 Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Independence KS
Lexington Open XXII sponsored by DYNAMIC DISCS Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Lexington KY
2020 Pot of Gold 2.0 Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am B Marrero LA
Druid Hill Open Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Baltimore MD
River City Open presented by Discraft - Am Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am A Grand Rapids MI
Discraft Presents The Patriot a Disc Baron Series Event (MA2/MA4/MA40/FA1-4) Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Otisville MI
The Windy Lyon Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C New Hudson MI
Bassett Creek Open presented by Dynamic Discs Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Crystal MN
Chasin the Chains at Bad Rock Aug 1
Saturday
Am B Liberty MO
King of Springfield, Summer Bash! Presented by Black Ink Discs Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Springfield MO
2nd Annual McCoy Memorial Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Tupelo MS
Makoshika Open - Driven by INNOVA Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Glendive MT
National Disc Golf Day Flex Start @ Barnett Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Kinston NC
Opened Hill Driven By Innova Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Mars Hill NC
Nebraska Disc Golf Day - Mahoney Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Ashland NE
National Disc Golf Day - Ox Bow Trail Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Ashland NE
The Beauty Hill Championship Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Barnstead NH
New Jersey State Championship - Driven by Innova Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Voorhees NJ
Tribal Flyers Open Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Eden NY
Tyrannosaurus Flex Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Churchville NY
OTTAWA PARK OPEN Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C TOLEDO OH
2nd annual Woodsman Link Championship 2020 Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Ontario OH
Ponca City Open Sponsored by Dynamic Discs Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am A Ponca City OK
2nd Annual Cherryland Disc Golf Festival and Tournament - NADGT Affiliate & GDG $5K/$10K Event Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am B Gervais OR
French Creek Amateur Classic Aug 1
Saturday
Am B Elverson PA
Top Gun Doubles presented by Innova Champion Discs Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Pro-Am XC Central and Seneca SC
Hub City Classic Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Jackson TN
Throwmore : The Return of Model City Madness The Sequel Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Kingsport TN
Guthrie Creek Warm Up IX - Presented by LDGA + Driven by Innova Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am B Longview TX
Chain Bomber Tour Stop #1 - Lewisville Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C/B Lewisville TX
Battle 4 The Chains - Driven by Innova Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Burnet TX
National Disc Golf Day C-Tier- A Tunnel Runner XC Tier Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am XC SLC UT
National Disc Golf Day at Bluemont Park Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Arlington VA
National Disc Golf Day at Clark's Run Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Leesburg VA
NADGT Premier Event - Ft Steilacoom DGC Aug 1-2
Sat-Sun
Am B Lakewood WA
Washington County Open Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am B West Bend WI
Mother Deer Open Aug 1
Saturday
Pro-Am C Milwaukee WI