Paige Pierce (PDGA #29190) Drops Avocado Open 2020 – A 36 Hole Tournament

Yes. A four player tournament was just dropped on the disc golf world.

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This tournament took place at De Luz Disc Golf course in San Diego. The hole designs on this course are so interesting and these pros make them look easy. It looks like a really fun course.

Player Roster

Check out the video coverage quality. Yes – this is some of the absolute best video production for a tournament that you’re going to see.

Also, with all of the shut down of the PDGA tour this year – it’s great to see some fresh coverage. These players deliver!

The play is absolutely fantastic. These are of course top tier pros doing their thing. But I can’t say it enough about how great the video production is. Very well done. Worth your time.

What is De Luz Disc Golf Course?

I’m still new to the sport and I haven’t heard about this course before. I’ve done some searching on Disc Golf Course Review and Disc Golf Scene. There isn’t any information about the course listed on either of these sites.

Unless I just didn’t use the right search terms. Totally possible – I make mistakes all the time.

Google searching didn’t seem to turn up many leads either. So, let’s use the power of the internet to see what we can come up with from other Disc Golfers out there.

Help me learn about De Luz Disc Golf

If you find any information that you can share about this course – I would love it if you would share it with me. Send links if you have any. Thank you.

Paige Pierce’s Go To Discs

Discraft has modified the old school in the bag video to a more streamlined approach of what are Paige’s Go-To discs. This video keeps it focused on her discs and doesn’t ramble on for 30 minutes. It’s like less than 8 minutes and you learn what plastic she leans on.

Shop Paige’s Go-To Discs

Her Signature Disc – Sol Review

I personally do not know this disc. So, I looked it up on Infinite Discs to get some flight information. I have recently began to understand the importance of the understable discs and this is one I’m going to give a try.

The Sol is an understable disc, so for a right handed player throwing a backhand – this disc is going to want to turn to the right.

The speed is at a four which is great news for players because most of us can throw this disc without having to try to power up to get it moving.

Lot’s of glide with the 5 rating. I’m a huge fan of glide – really helps with getting a bit of extra distance.

It looks like it comes in a few different plastic types. So there should be something that feels good in your hand.

Paige also has her signature series disc up on her website to buy.

https://paigepierce.com/collections/frontpage/products/paige-pierce-logo-z-sol

Witness Grit and Determination

This Dynamic Discs Caddy’s View video follows Paige Pierce as she played the final round and fights her way back to a 5th World Title. Follow along and listen in as you hear Pierce work through the course.

At the 2019 PDGA Pro Worlds in Peoria, IL the chances of Paige Pierce winning her 5th World Title did not start well when after round 1 she was sitting in 9th place.

With four more rounds ahead of her she had plenty of ground to make up and that she did as she fought her way back to be in a 3-way tied with Catrina Allen and Eveliina Salonen heading into day five and the final round.

Source: youtube.com/watch?v=I5wHppDVy88

Paige On Putting Routine

Take a peek inside the mind of a champion as she details what she does to build and maintain her putting routine. She talks about the importance a routine plays in repeatability.

Paige Pierce was a librarian for 16 years and then she started playing Disc Golf and then she became really good at it.

Jeremy Koling (PDGA #33705)

Are you just getting started in building your putting routine?

Or maybe you haven’t even started to think about a putting routine. Take 2 minutes to listen from a 5 time World Champion as she drops knowledge on you.

Danny Lindahl Breaks Down Paige’s Throwing Form and Technique

Great analysis and slow-mo footage to see the details in her form. Paige is one of the farthest throwers in Disc Golf. Her key to success is her form.

Disc Golf is not about how hard you throw or how strong you are. In many ways, the disc golf throw is like a dance move. It takes athleticism, balance and great form to get right.

Serious. Form and technique equals distance. This takes practice to achieve.

You can do it.

Disc Golf is not about how hard you throw or how strong you are. In many ways, the disc golf throw is like a dance move. It takes athleticism, balance and great form to get right. Also, you have to invest time and energy into it.

The pros make this game look easy. This is not an easy game. It takes a dedicated, committed and focused player to achieve the results of the professionals I highlight on this site.

The great news is – you can do it too. Dedicate yourself, commit yourself to building your game and focus on your goals.

We are going to help you achieve these results and realize your Disc Golf dreams. The West Winds Disc Golf course is built with the mindset of player development.

My dream for you is to start off as a beginning player that has no idea what you are doing and grow with you as you reach your full potential. Along the way, we have a ton of fun together. I am looking forward to seeing you out here doing your thing.

How Can I Help West Winds Disc Golf

There are a few ways you can do something to help the course.

Share the site with your disc golf friends and follow along with the YouTube Channel and Twitter Account.

Thank you so much for your support Disc Golf fans.

Be safe and stay healthy!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

Staying 6ft Away From One Another.

The work session over the weekend was a total and complete success because of our amazing volunteers. None of this could have been completed in the four hour window without each of their time and energy commitment to the greater good.

Thank You for Being Awesome!

  • Jim
  • GOAT
  • Kevin J
  • Dave
  • Kevin M
  • Victor
  • Bob

Coverage of WOrk Session

Coverage of the Volunteer Work Session

Didn’t KNow About the Project

During the demo rounds played by our many local testers it became readily apparent that no one liked to fish out errant discs from the waist deep sticker bushes that took over the creek area at the bottom of hole 4.

Design Phase Tour – Zoom Over of “Valley of Death”

I personally went in there twice and did not enjoy crawling around through the thicket because I will leave “No Disc Left Behind”.

With the notes from the demo player feedback I setup the work session to clear out “The Valley of Death”.

Pure Nastiness – A Detail of Pain

Before

After

Well, there you go Disc Golf fans. When the baskets go in you will not have to deal with the total nightmare that used to be the “Valley of Death”. Now it’s more like the “Valley of Minor Nuissance”. It’s still not a good idea to throw into the creek because that uphill shot will punish you enough.

Do You Like Good Looking Grass?

I do. I like to keep the grass height down, prevent rodents and to keep the neighborhood looking it’s best.

Kosal and I met while working in property management for a mid-size company. She has stayed in the industry and I have moved to working for the U.S. Census Bureau (submit your 2020 Census Today).

We both are very aware of the effects “curb appeal” have on the value that people place on their community. We are also extremely aware of how it affects the value that outsiders apply to the community as well.

The Disc Golf course allows an opportunity to contribute to the overall look and feel of the entire neighborhood whether you play or not.

HOw Can I Help With the Course

Right now, you can volunteer your time by using the Contact Form to let me know you are interested in helping out.

Sponsor a Basket, Sponsor a Tee-Pad, Sponsor an entire fairway and support the course in any way you can.

When I have the membership package details setup on the site – Join the Disc Golf Club. As you might imagine the course here is not immune to costs. So, even if you don’t play Disc Golf – your membership will help out all of us in the neighborhood.

I have to figure out a way to contribute to the overall course maintenance.

The property owner has been very generous in allowing me to setup the course. However, the Disc Golf course is responsible to contribute to the fuel and equipment costs of maintaining the grass.

Kosal and I have paid the costs for the first 18 Innova Discatcher baskets – so we’ve got skin in this game and we are looking for the best possible outcome over the upcoming decades.

In Case I Haven’t Said it Enough

I truly am so very appreciative of all the volunteers who came out to help with the clear out work on hole 4. That job would not have been completed without your time and effort.

Thank you. Thank you.

Ok, Disc Golf fans… get out and throw some discs!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

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

What A Tournament Might Look Like at West Winds Disc Golf

I found coverage of the 2019 San Francisco Open and could see many similarities between the two properties. Now this is not an exact match as Gleneagles has a bit more tree as obstacle in the layout.

With a bit of imagination it isn’t hard to see that the course here could be a showcase for Disc Golf like what has been pulled off by the tournament directors, course designers, volunteers and owners of the Gleneagles course in California.

Men’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

To avoid spoilers for those who have not seen the tournament I will not talk about the winners of the Men and Women’s Pro Open.

But I will share some of the tournament stats. It was held over two days with three rounds played during that time period. With men and women combined there were 155 competitors battling for a total purse of $42,902 dollars.

Women’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

I have no doubt that we can build a tournament of this level within the first 5-10 years of the course hosting competitive play. This is totally doable disc golf fans.

How Can I Help Bring the Dream Alive

Come out when we open and play as many rounds of Disc Golf that you can – all year long. We have to wait to see how all this COVID-19 stuff is going to play out.

But until then. We have a few volunteer work projects that need extra hands to help out with.

Maybe you are someone who isn’t into diving into ditches to clear them out?

Well, we can use people with art backgrounds to create our logo, take pictures of the course to use on the website, video talent to create content for the YouTube channel, social media masters to help get the word out.

There is probably some aspect of this project that you can help out with. Use the Contact Form to send me a message of support and I’ll add you to the volunteer roster.

Insane Paul McBeth BeastMode Highlights

I’m trying to include some amazing videos of Disc Golf that keep the flame alive and will hopefully inspire new players to try the sport.

Here is a collection of amazing highlights from the 5 time World Champion Paul McBeth.

Incredible Paige Pierce Highlights

Fans of Women’s Disc Golf know that you just can’t mess with Paige Pierce. She is deadly long from the tee, her approach shots are money and her putts are at the top of the sport.

Check out this amazing collection of clips from the 5 time World Champion during 2019.

What Do I Do now?

All this video got you pumped up… get out an throw some plastic!

Avery Jenkins gets us on track to practice like a pro.

The worst thing for your game is to spend too much time in front of your device. You must get out to the field to get better.

How Do I pick a Disc Golf Driver for Distance?

Best Disc Golf Discs put together a very good video that breaks down the physics of which driver you should look at adding to your bag.

Many aspects of flight are discussed and what the pros are doing to make their selections.

Science and Disc Golf are awesome.

Alright, that’s a whole bunch of Disc Golf awesomeness. Time to put it down and go throw some plastic to make my own game better.

Look forward to seeing you on the course soon. Stay safe and healthy Disc Golf fans!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Upcoming Disc Golf Project – Working with Rocks – not ROCs

In the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16 (East Course)

It’s been raining for the past four days. There have been a few times when I have ridden around in the car to run to the grocery store, hardware store or just to get out of the house.

I typically come in through the second entrance into the neighborhood. This brings folks right past hole 16 – which is a massive 1,100 foot hole.

As you can see in the sketch above. There is a great area to do a rock bed that spells out “Disc Golf”. Is this a good idea or great idea?

I can’t decide which it is… let me know what you think.

We are doing some work in other areas of the course. We can start making rock piles to supply the “Disc Golf” rock bed. It’ll take some lugging around and some digging out. But it’s certainly do-able. Unless this is a totally lame idea. Let me know.

Panorama of the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16.

What Can I Do to Help?

Ok. So, volunteer effort is where projects like this go from the “idea” phase to “reality”. Let’s get real. Let’s go from the mystic realm to the physical realm.

Non-Disc Golf Related Information: our family has recently watched the entire Marvel series of movies. I’ve realized I am a huge Dr. Strange fan. Also, I now think of myself as Quill and my wife as Gamora. I want to run around the universe with her…

Anywho…

Take a moment to send me a message so I can add you to the list of volunteers. Let’s do this Disc Golf Fans!

How Can I Work on my Game Right Now

Just because we’re social distancing right now – doesn’t mean we can’t figure out ways to practice. Getting out into a field is always a good way to raise our skill level and to gain an edge over our competition when Disc Golf tournaments fire back up.

Paul Ulibarri has a YouTube show teaching us hackers how to improve.

Paul Ulibarri (PDGA #27171) just released a new training show “Down the Fairway” on his YouTube channel (make sure to subscribe) where he teaches us how to get better.

I dive deep into the “Down the Fairway” show and Paul Ulibarri the player in one of my other blog posts. He is a class act and worth your time getting to know a bit more about this top pro.

This first show focuses on the most important 50 feet in Disc Golf. We all often refer to it as the “initial gap” or “the bogey maker” or “that damn tree there” or “gotta beat” or “dammit I hit it again”. Your choice on what you call it.

You might not have a goal post to throw at. But there is certainly two trees near you that can be used to work the practice routine that Paul shares with us.

Don’t let the indoors seduce you with that comfortable couch and Netflix binging. Get out and work on your game. Your future self will thank you.

Play, practice, build your game and have fun disc golf fans!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

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