Fairfield Bay to host open disc golf weekend

Fairfield Bay will host the Third Annual Full Blown Open Disc Golf Weekend on Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7. Presented by the Fairfield Bay Recreation Department and Dynamic Discs, the disc golf weekend appeals to a full range of skills and ages.  

A sanctioned Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) event, the weekend tournament is designed for recreational players as well as professionals, kids ages 6 and under to senior legends ages 80 and older.

The weekend starts with a game of glow golf on Fairfield Bay’s own professional course, then includes play on an 18 hole disc golf course set up for the weekend’s activities, and concludes with a game on the beautiful Indian Hills Golf Course.

“More and more people are coming to Fairfield Bay to enjoy our fun course,” said Fairfield Bay Recreation Manager Cassie Lopez. ”It’s easy to learn, affordable, and when it’s played on a course as beautiful as ours, you can’t help but have a great time. Whether you’re watching the pros or playing yourself, this weekend promises to be an event that can’t be missed.”

Disc golf has been gaining popularity the last three to five years. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) reported a 25 percent increase in 2015 of new members and an overall 21 percent increase in tournaments nationwide. Arkansas has 203 members in the PDGA, with 48 registered courses in the state and 21 events last year alone.

“This game is growing,” said Matt Loyd, tournament director for Full Blown Open. “Almost 30 of those courses in Arkansas were added in the last few years – a great example of the growth of disc golf in the state.”

Following the successes of both the 2015 and 2016 tourneys, the Full Blown tournament of 2017 promises even more excitement than before. Saturday features two rounds played on the beautiful temporary course. There will be lots of prizes and awards.

Register at discgolfscene.com/FullBlownOpen3.  Check-in is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 5, at The Little Red Restaurant.

The weekend event is kicked off on Friday night with a Glow Golf game at Woodland Mead Park Disc Golf Course. Open to amateurs and professionals, this fun event has nine holes/baskets to complete. Players bring their own glow discs and flashlights. The course has tightly wooded holes with several large boulders and beautiful landscaping designed by the local master gardeners group.

“We are excited to build on the tradition of the Full Blown Open in Fairfield Bay,” said Loyd. “Thanks to Indian Hills Golf Resort, The Little Red Restaurant, recreation department, Wyndham Resorts and the entire Fairfield Bay community, players of all skill levels are sure to have a fantastic time.”

Recreational, intermediate, advanced and master divisions of play are available in the Full Blown Open Disc Golf event. Winners in the professional division will be paid in cash and the amateurs will be paid in merchandise. There are a limited number of participant spots available.

Glow Golf registration is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday with tee off at 8:45 p.m. at Woodland Mead Park Disc Golf Course.

After play, there will be a Players Party at the Fairfield Lanes Bowling Alley from 6 to 10 p.m.  For just $10, players will have shoe rental, free bowling and a pulled pork and hot dog dinner.

For more information: VisitFairfieldBay.com/discgolf or call 501.884.4202.