If you are receiving this email, that means you are registered to play in, volunteer at, are on the waitlist for, or are a supporter of the 2017 Flying Eagle Open disc golf tournament presented by Bonfire Brewing & Dynamic Discs.
Hello and thank you for being a part of the third annual Flying Eagle Open disc golf tournament presented by Bonfire Brewing & Dynamic Discs! We are very excited to have a full, expanded field of 216 players in Eagle and Gypsum, Colorado less than two weeks from today.
My name is Steve Klehfoth, tournament director of the FEO and president of the Flying Eagle Disc Society, the host club for this event. In this message, you will find most of details that you'll need to get prepared so please look through to see what's in store for the 2017 edition. First off, some exciting changes and additions...
- Introducing Cross Creek Disc Golf Course!
We are pleased to debut a brand new disc golf course for this year’s Flying Eagle Open: Cross Creek DGC! Located in the mountains outside of Gypsum, this layout will provide a new type of challenge to FEO players in the form of a true “mountain golf” experience. Elevation, water, tight tree-lined fairways and spectacular alpine beauty are in store for all participants at this year’s event! Click here to see a teaser video of Cross Creek DGC.
- Three Shotgun Start Rounds and No Tee Times!
Because we’ve added an extra course AND an additional 72 players, this year’s FEO will feature three separate pools as well as shotgun starts for each session. Every player will play each of the three courses one time each. Pool assignments will be released the week of the tournament so that each player knows exactly where they need to be and when on both Saturday and Sunday. FYI, the “A” pool, featuring the men’s open division, will start two hours later than the “B” and “C” pools on Sunday, making it easier for those players to come and spectate as the top players battle for the title!
- Player Check In and Packet Pick Up at Gypsum Creek This Year!
The tradition of the FEO partnering with Gypsum Creek Golf Course continues! After two great years, we’re back again, this year with Gypsum Creek as our hub of operations all weekend long. Players who wish to check in and pick up their player’s packs on Friday night (we encourage ALL of you to do just that) can do so downstairs at the Gypsum Creek pro shop or anytime over the course of the weekend (remember, early check-ins get the best selection of discs!) Oh, you all get to use of golf carts during your round again AND we've upgraded the Gypsum Creek targets to DGA Mach X baskets courtesy of the Vail Valley Foundation!
- Central Coast Disc Golf Returns!
Thanks to another generous grant from the Town of Eagle, we have been able to secure the services of video professionals, Central Coast Disc Golf, who will be on hand to film three full rounds of the men's open division. These guys capture some of the biggest events in the disc golf world and we're more than excited to have them back in Eagle County! Make sure you show up to catch the lead men’s open card during the final round for your chance to get in the video. Click here to see their FEO footage from last year.
- Vendors on site at Gypsum Creek!
We will have at least three disc golf vendors on location at Gypsum Creek through the weekend. The Dynamic Discs RV, Gypsy Disc Golf and Legacy Discs will all be in attendance and able to fulfill all of your disc related needs.
Now onto the finer details...
- Where can I find up to date information on the 2017 FEO?
The two best places to find all the information you'll need on this tournament are the event page on Disc Golf Scene OR the event page on Facebook. Both will be regularly updated as new information is available, however, the Facebook page will be the best resource for up-to-the-minute information and updates.
- What is the format of the tournament?
The FEO is a singles, stroke-play event featuring three rounds of 18 holes on three separate courses with three shotgun starts; two on Saturday and one on Sunday. The field will be split into three pools with about ⅓ of the field at each course in the morning Saturday, then switching locations for the afternoon round, and finishing up with the final course on Sunday. The “A” pool’s round on Sunday will start two hours later than the other two pools to allow everyone to spectate.
- Where can I find information on the course layouts?
We are working hard on finalizing all of the details for both courses that will be in use for the FEO. Caddy book information will be released publicly and in a number of ways as soon as it is available. For now, use the following links to see what’s in store for you come tournament time:
-- Cross Creek DGC: Teaser Video
- Can I practice on the courses before the tournament?
-- Hole in the Sky is a public course that is always open and accessible. Feel free to practice there as early and as often as you want. The FEO layout will be in place starting this week.
-- Gypsum Creek will have a very limited practice and preview window starting after 3:00 pm on Friday the 22nd. Access will be first-come, first-served, and it will be a pay-to-play round: $10 per person walking, $25 per person with cart (minimum two people per cart with four people per card).
-- Cross Creek’s practice schedule is to be determined as finishing touches are still being put on the course. Keep an eye on your inbox for the next email with complete details.
- Where do I stay while I'm in town for the tournament?
We are very happy to be partnering with two of Eagle's finest lodging establishments as our host hotels this year!
-- Best Western Plus: Eagle Lodge & Suites If you haven't secured a place to stay yet, call them soon to take advantage of a 25% discount on all rooms for event participants. Dial 970-328-6316 and mention you are participating in the Flying Eagle Open disc golf tournament to take advantage of this special rate.
-- AmericInn Lodge & Suites Eagle are offering a rate of $99.90 for any room in the house pending availability. Call 970-328-5155 and mention the code “Flying Eagle” to secure your reservation.
-- Hole in the Sky Disc Golf Course. Free camping for all participants will also be available at the Hole in the Sky Course, with check-in starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. Campers must set up either in the grass near the driving net or in far west dirt parking lot near the course kiosk.
- I see this event has long and short tees. What tees does my division play?
Two courses in use for the FEO will have holes with long and short tees. Hole in the Sky will have short tees on holes 2, 5 and 15 while Gypsum Creek will have both long and short tees on ALL holes. Cross Creek DGC has one tee per hole with all divisions playing the same tee. Here is the breakdown on what divisions will play which tees:
-- Long Tees: Open Men, Open Women, Open Masters Men, Open Grandmasters Men, Advanced Men, Advanced Masters Men, Intermediate Men
-- Short Tees: Advanced Women, Intermediate Women, Recreational Men & Women, All Advanced Grandmasters and above
- Is there any kind of player's party that weekend?
YES! The official player's party will once again take place Saturday night at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. As title sponsors of the event, they have agreed to use this party as a means to raise additional funds for the FEO and will be donating profit sharing from the entire day's sales directly back into the event. If drinking delicious beer wasn’t a good enough excuse to attend, then supporting the tournament should be (hint: you can also stop by for a lunch beer between rounds since the tap room is right on the way between Eagle & Gypsum). Also, be sure to order yourself a pizza or two from Pickup’s Pizza that night. There’s a phone on the wall in the Bonfire tap room that dials directly to them when you pick up the receiver!
- What else is there to do in the area while I'm not playing my rounds?
Eagle and Gypsum are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and are noted for their ever-growing outdoor recreation culture. If you’re a mountain biker, the area is host to a huge volume of high-quality trails, and hikers will also find plenty of opportunities for scenic walks. Numerous rivers and streams make for outstanding fishing as well. There are also plenty of great local restaurants to choose from. We also share our weekend with the brand new Septemberfest music festival in the Eagle Ranch neighborhood. If you're looking for discs, DG gear, or any other sporting goods, head to Transition Sports in Avon. Find more at the Eagle Outside and Town of Gypsum websites.
- Anything else I need to know for the weekend of the event?
-- All amateur players will receive a player's pack at check-in. Am divisions will be paid out in prizes, open divisions in cash. All divisions will have trophies.
-- Cross Creek DGC is brand new and has been carved out of a mountainside over the course of the summer. The grounds are still very raw, with lots of deadfall in the rough and steep climbs, so PLEASE wear appropriate footwear and attire for extreme mountain conditions.
-- Cross Creek DGC is an approximately 25 to 30 minutes drive from the I-70 Gypsum Exit with about 8 miles of dirt road at the end of the trip. Please give yourself enough time to arrive punctually
-- There will likely be a shuttle service from the Cross Creek DGC parking area up to the course and tournament central. Account for an extra 5 to 10 minutes to get from the lower parking lot up to the course.
-- Awards will be held at Gypsum Creek for ALL DIVISIONS following the conclusion of the “A” pool’s rounds on Sunday.
-- The Creekside Grill restaurant at Gypsum Creek will be open to accommodate food and drink needs both days of the event as well as during the Friday practice session.
-- We highly encourage you to come out and spectate on course, especially for the professionally filmed lead card round on Sunday at Gypsum Creek!
-- There will be absolutely NO SMOKING of any kind on the course at Gypsum Creek and NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL anywhere on the Gypsum Creek grounds (including the parking lot) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Failure to comply will result in immediate DISQUALIFICATION from the tournament.
-- Players are to refrain from walking on the putting greens at Gypsum Creek unless absolutely necessary to retrieve a disc.
- Who do I thank for making this event possible?
The Flying Eagle Disc Society would like to thank the following for their generous support of our club and event:
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS
SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS
TEE SIGN SPONSORS
Umbrella Roofing | AmericInn Lodge & Suites Eagle | West Vail Liquor Mart | Lionshead Liquors | Eagle Pharmacy | The Wright Life | Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District | Sweet Waters Liquor | Gypsy Disc Golf | B the Difference | Boone's Wine & Spirits | Turtle Bus & Tubing | Alpine Furniture Company | 616 Disc | Adam & Suzanne Wicklund | Mile High Disc Golf Club | Alpine Lumber | Trinity Recycling | Colorado Mobile Lockout | Bol Vail | Vail Recreation District | Red Canyon Cafe | Colorado Fasteners | Connective Systems & Supply | Legacy Discs | Nite-Ize | Pickup’s Pizza | Roots RX
Moe’s Original BBQ | The Glass Art Company | Salomon | Trick Threads Screen Printing | Icebreaker | Kind Design | Teva | Smiling Moose | Vasque | Cirque Mountain Apparel | Mountain Hardwear | Fly Green Disc Golf | Leki | Smith Optics | Deuter | Cintas | Patagonia | Mountain Pedaler | Keen Footwear
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email or call me at 608-695-0121.
We are very excited to have all of you here to enjoy the beauty of early autumn in the Rocky Mountains and enjoy some disc golf on two great courses. Thanks again for being a part of the 2017 Flying Eagle Open presented by Bonfire Brewing & Dynamic Discs!
Steve "Klay" Klehfoth
Flying Eagle Disc Society