NOTE: THIS EVENT DOES NOT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE AT ADVENTURE RIDGE! PLEASE SEE BELOW.
- REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th AT 12:00 AM
- REGISTRATION WEB SITE: www.register.mountaingames.com
- HINT: Be at your computer as midnight approaches on TUESDAY THE 14TH if you want to be sure to get in
Disc golf returns to the annual GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO! After an amazing response in its first two years, we're gearing up for an even better experience in 2017 at one of the world's premier outdoor sports festivals!
AND, because you asked for it, we're going to be playing MORE DISC GOLF with an extra 18 hole course at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy added to the mix PLUS you'll see the return of skills competitions to DOWNTOWN VAIL!
Steven Dodge from the Disc Golf Pro Tour will also be on hand to run the show again with the Flying Eagle Disc Society, Eagle County, Colorado's disc golf club, there to assist. As usual, the event will feature a HUGE prize purse being paid out to the top finishers, plus each athlete will receive a player's pack worth over $100 INDLUCING a special, disc golfer only item: a free disc from Nite Ize!
Qualification will take place Friday and Saturday including three total skills challenges (two of them taking place downtown), 27 total holes of golf with 18 them on a beautiful new temp course in Minturn, and 18 holes for the finalists on Sunday (also in Minturn)
The Mountain Masters Disc Golf competition is capped at 288 athletes. This competition most likely will sell out, so early registration is recommended. Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware. NO REFUNDS & NO TRANSFERRING OF REGISTRATION.
..::SCHEDULE AND FORMAT::..
FRIDAY, JUNE 9th - QUALIFYING DAY 1
SATURDAY, JUNE 10th - QUALIFYING DAY 2
SUNDAY, JUNE 11th - FINALS
Registration will be capped at 288 players. All players will be placed in 1 of 4 "pools" A-B-C-D. Qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday. Each pool will complete one round on the 9-hole AMP Course, one round on the 18-hole Maloit Park Course, and three individual skills challenges - MPH, Putting, & Accuracy. Saturday tee times will be dictated by Friday's results.
The top 25% cumulative scores in each division (Men & Women) after both qualifying days are finished will advance to the Sunday Finals. Players who qualify for the finals will play one round on the 18-hole Maloit Park Course in Minturn on Sunday. The Finals will be scored independently from the qualifying rounds and will consist solely of stroke play disc golf competition with places determined by the round score.
Players must use their own discs for all phases of the competition. Pools A,B,C,D and tee times for Friday and Saturday will be announced roughly a month in advance. Registrants will be notified via e-mail and all start list and tee times will be posted on the Mountain Games website. This event is not PDGA sanctioned. Competition details including format and scoring are subject to change.
..::SKILLS CHALLENGES AND SCORING::..
Qualification rounds on the AMP 9-hole course and Maloit Park Course will follow standard stroke play. Your score is the total number of strokes required to finish the round. Each players score for the 9-hole round and 18-hole round will be added to their skills challenge point totals. The lowest 72 scores will move on to the Sunday Finals.
- PUTTING -
Players will attempt to make putts at a basket from 3 distances.
Each player starts the putting challenge with 12 points.
Every putt made will reduce your total points
Players will have a 1:00 minute shot clock
Two (2) putts at the 20' target - each made putt is worth -1 point
Two (2) putts at the 25' target - each made putt is worth -1 point
Two (2) putts at the 30' target - each made putt is worth -1 point
Best score if all putts are made = 6; worst score if all putts are missed = 12
- MPH -
Players throw discs at a basket with as much speed as possible with potential score multipliers in play.
Each player starts the MPH challenge with 12 points
Players will have a 1:00 minute shot clock
Players will get a total of three (3) throws. Only the best throw will be calculated.
The score is calculated as 10% of your total MPH throw after bonuses have been awarded and subtracting it from 12 points.
10% score bonus for sticking a throw in the basket.
2x score bonus for the "mail slot", a small rectangular opening below the basket.
Example: A player throws 42MPH and sticks it in the basket.
42MPH + basket bonus of 10% = 46.2
10% of overall score = 4.62
12 starting points - 4.62 = 38 final score
* It is possible to earn negative points for this challenge.
- ACCURACY -
Players throw discs at a basket for various locations trying to get as close to the basket as possible.
Each player starts the accuracy challenge with 12 points.
Players will get three (3) throws total from three (3) different locations.
The closer a disc lands to the basket, the more points awarded. Sticking a throw in the basket awards the player 4 points.
The final score is the total of the three (3) throws subtracted from the 12 original points.
Example: A players throw from each location are as follows.
Location 1 - the throw gives the player 2 points.
Location 2 - the throw gives the player 1 point.
Location 3 - the player sticks it in the basket gaining him 4 points
Total points are 2+1+4=7. 12 - 7= 5 total points
EXAMPLE SCORING SCENARIO:
After 2 days of qualifying, a player scores:
24 on the 9-hole AMP Course
55 on the 18-hole Maloit Park Course
6 on the putting skills challenge
38 on the MPH skills challenge
5 on the Accuracy skills challenge
24+55+6+7.38+5 = 97.38 Total Score
EARLY BIRD (2/15-3/14)
TOTAL PRIZE PURSE: $8,500
PAYOUT SCHEDULE TO BE DETERMINED
- VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The organizers will be in need of volunteers willing to assist with the Mountain Masters disc golf event Thursday through Sunday. If you have time that you are willing to donate when you are not playing, please consider helping out with the event. It will go a long way to helping it run smoothly for all.
- SPECTATOR OPPORTUNITIES: There will be ample opportunity for players to stick around and take in the competition from a spectator's viewpoint. There will also be media coverage of this event and, the more people that are there, the better it will look to organizers and sponsors. If you miss out on qualifying for the Sunday Finals, please consider coming over to Maloit Park in Minturn that day and cheering on the finalists and attending the awards ceremony to follow.
- ATHLETE PERKS: One big bonus of being an athlete at the Mountain Games is your access to a unique VIP area. The "TriggerPoint Athlete Lounge" in Mountain Plaza will have free food and adult beverages for any interested athletes throughout the competition dates. Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/tttvV9qjy5z
And don't forget about the many vendor areas where you can pick-up and win free swag all weekend long.
PLUS, when you're not competing, be sure to check out all of the other amazing events and competitions that will be taking place alongside disc golf at the Mountain Games! Bouldering, slackline, mountain biking, rafting & kayaking. Not to mention free live music and tons of swag to walk away with from the multitude of industry vendors that will be there.
Huge thanks to out to the Vail Valley Foundation for believing in us and bringing disc golf to the GoPro Mountain Games again in 2017!
..::MTN GAMES LODGING INFO::..
So, you've managed to beat the rush and get yourself a spot in the Mountain Masters Disc Golf Tournament at the GoPro Mountain Games. Congrats! Now where do you stay while you're here?
As you might imagine, Vail is a pretty busy place on Mountain Games weekend. Hotels, condos and campsites fill up pretty quickly and if you wait too long you may find yourself scrambling.
Here are the basics for finding a place to stay in June:
- HOTELS -
If you're looking to go the cheapest route (Vail tends to be an expensive place), the Evergreen Lodge at Vail is the way to go. They have a Mountain Games special on right now with the most reasonable rates in town. They also tend to host some pretty sweet Mountain Games parties that weekend which would be fun to fill up with disc golfers. They also have a limited number of PET FRIENDLY rooms if you need that kind of thing. Details on booking there or at any of the other host hotels can be found here: bit.do/GMG2017Lodging
- HOSTELS & CAMPING -
Lodging may not be for everyone. Lucky for you the Vail Valley offers numerous options for camping and even hostel accommodations. If you like to stay and play to the beat of your own drum then check out some recommendations below.: bit.do/GMG2017HostelCamp
- VACATION RENTALS -
Got a big group? Vail is an ideal place to rent a larger condo with so many part-time residents looking to let out their swanky apartments. Try these sites to see if you can get a good deal on a little bit of luxury that weekend: www.vrbo.com
For complete details on the GoPro Mountain Games, please visit their web site: http://www.mountaingames.com
To see what else the Vail Valley Foundation brings to our area go to: http://www.vvf.org
Interested in disc golf happenings in Eagle County, Colorado? Check out the Flying Eagle Disc Society web site: http://flyingeagledisc.com
See you in June!