Membership and Groundskeepers

Disc Golf Course Memberships

Next year we will put together club membership options.

Join the West Winds Disc Golf Groundskeeper Club

If you are interested in helping take care of the course and want to do work as a member of the volunteer club – sign up today.

Groundskeeper Benefits

  • All you can breathe fresh air
  • Member of a Neighborhood Team
  • Bragging rights at The Palace Restaurant
  • Cool Patch or Bag Tag
  • Feared by dandelions
  • Yearly banquet and awards
  • Use power tools to shape the land
  • Dig holes – with and without power tools
  • Learn secret handshake
  • First dibs on West Wind branded discs and apparel
  • Plant trees, shrubs, florals and other vegetation type things
  • Sense of accomplishment and pride in our neighborhood

Sign Up Today to Become a Groundskeeper

It is going to take us about 10 years of hard work to get the course to the ideal tournament destination. But along the way we will build the support system to keep the neighborhood looking attractive for buyers and sellers, provide an outlet for our kids to “get out and play”, to give green thumbs an opportunity to grow things and to provide a place for Disc Golfers to improve their game for any course they want to play.

Be safe and stay healthy. Get out and play!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

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When Disc Golf Courses Dream

UDisc Recently Ranked the World’s Top 50 Courses Raising Aspiration Amongst Courses Reading the list of the world’s top 50 courses right before going to bed has courses around the world scratching their head on how they can get on the board next time. Going through the list and digging deeper into the many different … Continue reading When Disc Golf Courses Dream

Starter Pack Challenge 2 at DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course in Santa Cruz, California

Watch top touring pros play with starter pack discs.

Hit play on the video to watch both videos of the 18 hole competition.

Central Coast Disc Golf posted the two part video coverage of this totally fun event. Top pros are given the starter pack that their sponsoring manufacturers produce to introduce new players to the sport.

Roster of Players:

Host and Score Keeper: Jeremy Koling (PDGA #33705)

This is such a fun event that these players do. I’m not sure how frequently these challenges come up – I think it’s yearly. Feel free to use the comment section to correct me.

To watch these touring pros crack open a brand new disc set and play the DeLaveaga Disc Golf course in Santa Cruz, California competitively while hitting their lines is really cool.

Honestly, it speaks to just how much time these pros have put into practice. They truly understand how to get the flight they are looking for no matter where the disc came from.

What is a Starter Pack?

These are the packs that you quite frequently see at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods. I think Innova has a deal with them to sell their discs there since I only see Innova discs on the shelves. I know for sure that Infinite Discs has them available for order.

These packs can be a mixed bag of results. Because they are oriented towards a beginning player they tend to be a bit lighter in weight and will frequently be a bit more understable than a pro would use during one of their normal rounds.

Because of this it adds a special level of challenge for these players to do their best while essentially going back to their starting roots of disc golf addiction.

If you are new to the sport – a starter pack is a great place to start. Get one today to begin.

What is DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course?

Par Save Productions’ Jack Dalleywater and Joey Temali take you behind the scenes of the 2019 Santa Cruz Masters Cup presented by Innova.

Tom Schot, the original course designer of the Delaveaga Disc Golf Course, explains how it has stood the test of time while some of the top pros share what it’s like to play Delaveaga and what playing in the third PDGA National Tour stop of the season, the 2019 Masters Cup, means to them.

Interviews with: Nate Sexton, Avery Jenkins, Catrina Allen, Zoe Andyke, Tom Schot, Paul McBeth, and Ricky Wysocki.

Source: 2019 Masters Cup Behind the Scenes, Par Save Productions, May 17, 2019

Home of the Santa Cruz Masters Cup

For the past 30+ years DeLaveaga has hosted this tournament. The course started off as a dump and was claimed by disc golfers who saw that a course in this location would be absolutely epic.

Turns out – those players from the early 1980’s were absolutely right.

The hard work and love that these early pioneers of the sport put into a piece of land that was left to dumpers and four wheelers is inspirational and a motivator.

This course has generated many top pros and champions over the decades. It looks like there is no stopping the group of volunteers that run the course as they continue to make the course one of the top 10 courses in the world.

Players from all around the world come out to this tournament and will also travel throughout the year to play the hallowed grounds of “DeLa” as the locals refer to the course.

Champions of this tournament have the complete respect of the disc golf world. Great job to all of the people who have put their blood, sweat and tears into this amazing course.

UDisc Ranks DeLaveaga Number 10 in World

This is a course that I often hear mentioned during video of other tournaments. The players and commentators that talk of this course always speak of it with reverence and respect. It is said that the course reaches a balance in design that allows amateurs and professionals alike to be challenged by the course.

UDisc has compiled over 1 million reviews from their app.

With that amount of data they can easily rank courses that players themselves give value to. DeLaveaga achieved a rank of number 10. That’s an amazing achievement.

The course started back in the early 1980’s and has for decades challenged players of all skill levels. For those of you who enjoy digging through sports history and learning about the locations that legends are created – the story of the DeLaveaga is a wonderful read.

How Can I Help West Winds Become a Highly Respected Disc Golf Course?

We are always looking for volunteers that want to work towards building a Disc Golf course that offers challenging play, a place to work on your game, provides a place to practice and enjoyment of being outdoors.

There are many outdoor projects that we have coming up that we’ll need extra people to help complete. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer – please use the contact form to let me know. I’ll add you to the list and keep you in the loop.

Also, if you’re a creative type who likes to take photographs, make graphics, likes to make maps, knows how to woodwork, makes videos and all that sort of media related type thing.

Come on and hangout with us as we start off on this mission to grow the sport we love. Let’s do this disc golf fans!

Stay safe and healthy.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Second Disc Giveaway – YouTube for 100 Subscribers

To get your name into the race to 100 and a chance to win this disc:

That’s it. Good luck everybody. Let’s do this!

Your Chance to Win a Discmania Special Edition MD5 Support Disc

I’m giving away a brand new Discmania Special Edition MD5 Team Support Disc ($20.99) to get the YouTube channel up to 100 subscribers.

A message from the founder and CEO of Discmania Jussi Meresmaa.

Message from Discmania

As the world fights the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the disc golf community, including those on Team Discmania, are wondering what to do as their main source of income is put on hold for the foreseeable future.

As a company we knew we wanted to do something to help those on Team Discmania. We’ve also heard from disc golfers everywhere asking how they can show their support. In fact, the call for a way to support Team Discmania has been quite overwhelming.

To answer that call, we’re releasing the limited Heart Team Discmania collection. A small set of discs will be available with the combined Heart Discmania and Team Discmania stamps. A significant amount of the proceeds from these sales will go directly to those on Team Discmania.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aahef2v0T_k

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Maryland Women’s Disc Golf Tournament – $3,000 in Added Cash for Competitors

Video coverage from the 2019 Tournament – 2 Rounds

Women’s Open of Maryland Disc Golf Tournament could still happen this year. The registration has been moved to May 15th (as of April 24) and the tournament directors are still planning on holding the event. So keep an eye out on the registration page.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament.

Players that are interested in going head-to-head against other women disc golfers – now is the time to add this on your calendar. The official place to sign-up is on the Disc Golf Scene website.

What is the WOmen’s Open of Maryland?

It is an event dedicated to provide a professional tournament environment where women and girls are the focus of the competition. The atmosphere is very supportive, highly encouraging and full of camaraderie between everyone participating.

It is a PDGA sanctioned event for women only. Currently, it is held annually at the Seneca Creek State Park disc golf course.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament. It offers an amazing first tournament experience for newcomers to the sport and veterans alike.

There are different divisions for all the many skill levels. So players who are brand new aren’t going to be set to compete against a far more skilled player.

Men are invited to participate by helping with tournament operations, volunteer as spotters or caddies and to find ways to sponsor different parts of the event. There are many ways that men can help make this a successful event. Contact the Tournament Directors to let them know you want to help support the tournament.

The PDGA and Women’s Disc Golf

There is a Women’s Committee within the PDGA to help grow the sport among female athletes. The goal is to attract, encourage, and retain more participation by women in organized disc golf events.

Elaine King is the current chair of the Women’s Committee and is available to help or answer any questions you may have about the committee.

Elaine King interviewed after the final round of the 2019 MVP Open.

For those of you new to the sport. Elaine King (PDGA #3090) is a professional disc golf world champion (5 times) and hall of fame member (1997). She is an ambassador for the sport and is known to be gracious and a joy to play a round with.

A Message from the Tournament Directors

There are two people that co-direct this tournament: Allie Stone (PDGA #57951) and Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320). Their goals for the tournament are to plan, fundraise, organize, and run a disc golf tournament:

  • Where women and girls feel welcome, appreciated, and empowered as participants,
  • That cultivates camaraderie, sportsmanship, competition, and fun,
  • To enhance the community of women and girls playing disc golf in the Mid-Atlantic region.

If you want to sign up for the tournament you’ll want to bookmark the Disc Golf Scene page with the tournament signup form.

Paige Pierce on Throwing Putters

Don’t forget to get out when you can to practice your form, get your putting motion locked down, build up your stamina to trek through the course and be ready to have a great time!

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When Disc Golf Courses Dream

UDisc Recently Ranked the World’s Top 50 Courses Raising Aspiration Amongst Courses

Reading the list of the world’s top 50 courses right before going to bed has courses around the world scratching their head on how they can get on the board next time.

Going through the list and digging deeper into the many different websites and YouTube to see video footage it’s amazing the design work that has gone into so many of these properties.

I was amazed that the world number one course started off as a literal garbage dump in Sweden. A dump that has turned into the host course for the European Open and a crown jewel in all of disc golf.

Such a job well done. Think of all the support the project team had to pull this off.

The Goal is to Be One of the Best in the World

Enticing top tier players from the PDGA, hosting the Maryland Disc Golf Championships, becoming a stop on the PDGA tour and becoming the breeding grounds for future Junior, Amateur and Professional players.

West Winds Disc Golf is dreaming big.

There is so much work to do in order to start knocking off courses that have established themselves over many decades. It has to start somewhere, it has to start with a small spark and it has to begin with a dream.

West Winds Disc Golf is starting with a tremendous head start over many other courses. We have much of the course infrastructure in place to build upon. There is a tradition of golf already built into the neighborhood. There are highly competitive people all across this neighborhood who want to see competition, athletes doing their best to achieve their goals and to be known as the place where Champions are born, trained and crowned.

This has started. The dream is becoming real. The future is now.

World’s Best Disc Golf Courses: #1 Järva

Amazing footage of the disc golf park in Sweden.

The intro package from the 2016 European Open showcases the course. Look at how they have built a course that takes advantage of the natural elevation changes, keeps a very natural setting in which disc golfers can use all sorts of different shot lines and the beautiful course maintenance that keeps this course looking like an amazing park.

This course is a pay-to-play course. Very much in line with what we are going to do here at West Winds Disc Golf. There are so many good things happening at this former municipal dump that it is worth your time to read the UDisc article about it.

Our course is already dreaming, working hard, building it’s tree game and finding ways to challenge players. We’re coming for you Järva.

What Can I Do To Help West Winds Disc Golf?

Disc Golfers who want to be a part of this project… you are the best. I’ve heard from so many of you so far. Thank you for volunteering. If you are just now finding out about the course and want to jump into the project – let me know.

Neighbors volunteer to help the Disc Golf course. Folks who are helping with the course are actually able to get their hands on areas that have been lacking in attention in different areas of the neighborhood. It’s your chance to pitch in and show support for the business that many of us have right in our back yard.

If you can’t volunteer. Make a promise to sponsor a basket, a tee pad, advertise in some way on the website or just donate money to help fund the project.

Share the website wwdg.club, the YouTube channel and Twitter information with as many people as possible and be active on those platforms.

Show the property owner that there are people interested in seeing his beautiful 140 acre property used for:

  • outdoor sports
  • park areas
  • places to hangout while eating food you bought at his restaurant
  • share how you look forward to his driving range opening back up for ball golf
  • walking with family
  • just communing with nature

Tell him that you are going to use his facilities to host:

  • birthdays
  • family reunions
  • weddings
  • outdoor photography
  • life events of all kinds
  • to build lifelong memories

Gush about how you look forward to his old golf course to be landscaped to offer:

  • shade
  • floral elements
  • healthy tree habitat
  • play areas
  • all day walking paths
  • fields to walk your dogs
  • visual appeal to interest new home buyers
  • pride in the neighborhood

Share that you and your family are anxious to spend money to help him keep up all of the acreage, facilities and the like to promote a successful business venture for him and the benefit of a revived property that enhances the overall appeal to our community.

These are things that would help with this project and all of us in the same neighborhood of West Winds.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

An Introduction to Disc Golf with Nate Sexton

How to Get Started in Disc Golf?

It’s one of the top questions I get when talking to all of the ball golf neighbors here at West Winds. The neighborhood started 30+ years ago as a golf community. So, there are a ton of golfers who are interested in playing Disc Golf too.

Nate Sexton, who is one of the sports top professionals, explains in under 5 minutes a great way to get started. He spends a few minutes talking about disc properties and introduces you to how to throw a disc. Hint: it’s not the same as the old school frisbee you may remember from childhood.

The Professional Disc Golfers Association (PDGA) also has a great page that introduces new players to the sport. It explains what Disc Golf is and the many health benefits of the sport for personal development.

When the time comes – I recommend membership. The magazine is awesome, you get a rating that allows you to know how you stack up against other players for tournament/league play, you get a free app (U-Disc) to help score, keep statistics, measure your throws, find courses near you and more.

Disc Golf Manufactures with Starter Packs

Pretty much all of the major manufacturers have a start pack that contains three discs: putter, mid-range and driver. Remember what Nate said in the video that unlike traditional ball golf – Disc Golfers will often throw a putter as their driver. There isn’t a rule that says you have to throw discs in a certain order.

There is an online Disc Golf company called “Infinite Discs” that sells all sorts of related products for the sport. They have a whole page of all the starter packs in one place so you can shop and purchase online.

I like Infinite Discs and have been ordering from them for almost two years. You get to pick the exact disc you want and it ships very fast. Highly recommend them.

Disc Golf is a great sport to pick-up, it’s a whole lot harder than the pros on JomezPro make it look and you’ll enjoy getting outdoors to play with friends who are also learning it too. Looking forward to having you out at West Winds once we’re officially open.

Oh… we will have plenty of room for practice. So you can get started without having to play courses that you’re not ready for.

Disc Golf Played by Professionals – The Best Highlights of the 2019 Tour Season

JomezPro is the premiere producer of Disc Golf tour coverage. If you’re new to the sport and want to see how professionals play the game – head over to YouTube and be sure to subscribe to their channel.

What are the Basic Rules for Disc Golf?

It’s hard to know when you first play what the rules of the game are. So many of us start out playing the game very casually and with other people who may have learned the game from other people that played very loose interpretation of the rules.

The PDGA does post the rules of Disc Golf online for all players. There is also a printed version of the rules if you want to keep a copy in your bag or cart during rounds.

That being said. Most rounds are very casual and player groups will play with whatever agreed upon rules they want for that round. The “official rules” come into play when you make the step into tournament and league play. It is to your benefit to know the rules in these environments because a few simple play mistakes can cost you strokes.

The Absolute Basic Rules

  1. The game is played like ball golf except you throw your “clubs” (disc). The winner of a disc golf round is the player with the lowest score.
  2. You start each hole at the appropriate “tee box”.
  3. After each player has thrown their tee shot; the player furthest from the basket throws their next shot first from where their disc lies on the ground. Repeat until all players have thrown their second shot.
  4. Play all shots until all players have succeeded in getting their disc into the basket.
  5. The player with the fewest throws on the previous hole goes first.
  6. Be courteous to other players on the course.
  7. Carry out any trash you generate during the round.
  8. Watch out for other people sharing the great outdoors.
  9. Have fun.
  10. Repeat often.

Get out and play some Disc Golf. Responsibly, maintaining social distance and all that sort of thing. Be safe and stay healthy Disc Golf Fans!

What does Nate Sexton have in his bag?

If you are new to the sport it’s going to be some time before you can throw like Nate Sexton. But it’s extremely helpful to start getting an idea on what the pros throw and some of the reasons they bag one disc over another.

Here is a list of the discs that Nate has in his bag for 2020:

Putter

Approach

Mid-Range

Fairway Driver

Driver

NEW TO DISC GOLF – WHAT ARE THOSE FLIGHT NUMBERS ON THE DISC?

When I started playing it was the most confusing thing to figure out what those weird numbers were printed on the disc.

This YouTube playlist from the Best Disc Golf Discs Channel walks you through everything you need to know in order to understand what the numbers mean, what is over and under stable and what/why glide is so important.

The content is presented with such great explanation and in a friendly technical language that even I was able to understand what the heck they were talking about. I spend the vast majority of my time copy and pasting for a living – so physics isn’t really my thing.

Welcome to Disc Golf. Looking forward to seeing you on the course soon!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

First Disc Giveaway – YouTube for 50 Subscribers

Your Chance to Win a Nate Sexton Firebird

I’m giving away a brand new 2020 Nate Sexton Tour Series Firebird to get the YouTube channel up to 50 subscribers.

To get your name into the race to 50 and a chance to win this disc:

That’s it. Good luck everybody. Let’s do this!

We Have A Winner