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7th Annual Tahoe Mountain Sports Pro-Am/Sierra Tahoe Series Recap

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This post come from Justin Weilacher, a friend of TMS and avid disc golfer (PDGA #41309) residing in Sacramento, CA. With extensive knowledge of the game from years of experience playing in a variety of environments and weather conditions, Justin is a great resource for all sorts of disc golf advice. Read more from Justin at his blog, http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com.

Tahoe Mountain Sports hosted the final tournament in the Sierra Tahoe Series October 12 and 13 at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, California; there was incredible competition at the premier disc golf course in Tahoe. The Sierra Tahoe Series is a newer series that has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Quality courses, intense competition and incredible weather draws golfers from all over. The disc golf communities of Northern California and Nevada quickly realized the high quality events that the series has to offer, and they fill the Tahoe Series events quickly.

Sierra Series events are well planned, well executed and well sponsored by both local and national companies. Tahoe Mountain Sports owner David Polivy treats his involvement in the Series as a business investment and manages the series professionally. Polivy’s continued efforts netted the series a major sponsor, Merrell, who has added value for the series participants. Thanks to the hard work of the folks at Tahoe Mountain Sports and the committed golfers of the Tahoe community, all seven tournaments in the series have sold out. As a courteous perk, at the final event a lunch was provided; not just on Saturday, like many events, but on Sunday as well. And a hot fire was perfect on the chilly Sunday morning as players gathered to discuss the series standings and the hole placements for the final day.

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For participants, there is plenty of value just in the disc golf experience provided by the Series Organizers Paul Sanchez, Skot Meyer, Gayle Baker, David Polivy, and Craig Getty. Tournament directors regularly arrived at the courses with hole assignments laid out in advance, player’s packs prepared, and a team of support staff at the ready. There was never a shortage of local golfers willing to lend a hand. The events started on time and information was presented clearly and concisely at the player’s meeting.

Organizers chose the perfect course for the series finale and had the Tahoe Vista course primed for serious competition. The 18-hole course was changed in between every round increasing the challenge for the series competitors. At the meeting prior to the final round of the series, Paul Sanchez announced all the divisions that were in contention – almost all of which had a drama-filled final round as the winners were not decided until the final putts dropped in the baskets.

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Sierra Tahoe Series Organizers – Paul Sanchez, Skot Meyer, Gayle Baker, Dave Polivy (missing: Craig Getty)

There were equal parts camaraderie and competition on the course throughout the weekend, and there wasn’t a card I played on that had a single bad egg. We shared stories, exchanged high fives, discussed our fan grips and fore-hand throws. Tempted fate with death-putts on pedestal pins. Discussed the virtues of three-ness. Argued that holes should have been par fours. Argued that lots of holes should have been par fours. One thing I know for sure – I’ll be making the drive up the mountain for next year’s Sierra Tahoe Series.

Read more from Justin about the premier disc golf course in Tahoe: Playing Tahoe Vista – Lake Of The Sky Disc Golf Course

Playing Tahoe Vista: Lake Of The Sky Disc Golf Course

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

This post come from Justin Weilacher, a friend of TMS and avid disc golfer (PDGA #41309) residing in Sacramento, CA. With extensive knowledge of the game from years of experience playing in a variety of environments and weather conditions, Justin is a great resource for all sorts of disc golf advice. Read more from Justin at his blog, http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com.

I have lived in California for three years and have spent most of my free time playing as much disc golf as life allows at as many courses as my wallet allows. I recently played several of the Tahoe region’s courses. I played the Bijou course to practice the high elevation disc golf skills needed for the 19th Annual Tahoe Pro/Am, Sierra Tahoe Series #4. I also played the Truckee course for an Ace race last year. These two courses are very similar in their basic nature – they are both mainly flat, high desert courses with a good mix of technical holes and open, longer arm-testing fairways.

Tahoe Vista disc golf

Most recently, I played North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, Ca. This course is by far my favorite course in the area. I learned to golf in the mountains of Flagstaff so I appreciate the elevation change of a good mountain course. The Tahoe Vista course, as the locals call it, has a really good mix of elevation, technical shots through the trees, and shots that challenge your arm.

Hole One starts with a brisk walk up the hill in front of the parking area – I wondered if I should have brought a hiking pole. The walk is well worth it when you realize the first view you get of the course is a maintained grass fairway in the foreground with Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks in the background. It is gorgeous. Be wary of the wind and the way your disc could either hyzer out into the short manzanitas on the left or flip into the parking lot on the right. After that, make your way through the manzanitas to the left of the basket.

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Looking out at Lake Tahoe from the tee at Hole #1

The next several holes challenge you with tight lines around the pines. Some elevation change makes holes that seem easy much harder. The manzanitas play several roles on this course – your disc will rarely get any skip or slide here. If the tee signs - which are professional, clean, and very useful – read that the hole is 250’, that is how long your throw has to be. You will not be able to reach that 350′ hole with your usual 275′ drive and 50′ skip, so make the adjustment and throw your disc accordingly. You will also have to keep a close eye on your discs because the manzanitas can make finding them difficult – almost dangerous; play with some friends so it is easier to find discs and have more fun.

Tahoe Vista disc golf tee

A great platform to tee-off from.

The tee pads are rubber mats, which sometimes I don’t like, but these tee areas are really well designed with reinforced landscaping keeping them flat and consistent.

The holes meander back and forth up the slope until they make a right turn back down toward the soccer fields. Once you start playing around the soccer fields, the holes open up and you are challenged with some more distance for a few holes. There are still gaps to hit, but usually just one. There are also still elevation changes to navigate as you play around the other side of the practice fields. Test your arm, get a few of the rare skips on the course, and play the big hyzer lines that don’t work on the really technical holes. After several arm testers, the holes approach the soccer fields again, ending the front nine on a monster uphill drive over a gorgeous rock slide. (more…)

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