It’s Ice Bowl season, meaning scores of disc golfers nationwide will brave (sometimes) frigid conditions for tournament play with a charitable focus. Though it didn’t live up to the chilly part of its name, last weekend’s IDGC Ice Bowl at the PDGA’s global headquarters in Appling, Georgia, certainly kept with the giving spirit.
Whether you’re a year-round competitive disc golf addict or a casual once-a-month type of player, you’ve probably heard someone mention an “Ice Bowl”. But what is an Ice Bowl exactly? At first glance one might think it’s just a common name for a disc golf tournament that takes place in the heart of winter. And that wouldn’t be an inaccurate observation by any means. However, Ice Bowls are much more than just a good time on a course in the frigid cold (or not so cold, depending on the region).
The International Disc Golf Center, located in beautiful Wildwood Park in Appling, GA., plays host to several different events throughout the season. In addition to traditional singles disc golf tournaments, team events, educational events, women-only events, and ace races, the IDGC is well known for hosting a variety of charitable functions. One of the biggest and most rewarding tournaments for the IDGC every year is the Pam B Childs Memorial (presented by Paul “Batman” Childs), which raises funds to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.