Tournament brings pro disc golfers to Aspen
The Aspen Times
What’s billed as the world’s highest disc-golf tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. today on Aspen Mountain.
Kiss the Sky, started by Scott Holter, Bill Wright and others in 1995, will bring more than 80 professionally rated disc golfers to the city. It used to be an annual event but now takes place every other year.
“It’s the world’s highest disc-golf tournament on the world’s highest disc-golf course,” said Holter, who lives south of Denver. “We only do it every other year since we’re older and wiser now. It’s tough on us to come up there every year.”
The three-day tourney will feature Aspen Mountain’s usual 18-hole layout along with a few more “extreme” holes in the Ruthie’s Run area, he said. Disc golf — it’s incorrect to call it “Frisbee golf” — involves small flying discs launched from a tee area toward a metal basket that serves as the finishing target. The discs are smaller, heavier and harder than the typical Frisbee that people use to play catch.
“It might be a 21-hole layout,” Holter said.
Each hole is a Par 3, and the extreme holes will be around 1,000 feet long, he said.
Kiss the Sky is a sanctioned Professional Disc Golf Association tour event. Registration is closed, but professionals who show up at the last minute probably can be accommodated.
“It’s not something for the general public where they can just go pick up a disc and come out and play,” Holter said. The event is, however, spectator-friendly.
In addition to starting the tournament, Holter designed the Aspen Mountain course with assistance from Wright, who lives in Fort Collins.
“This is the grandfather of all disc-golf courses at ski resorts,” Holter said. “A lot of people have patterned their courses and tournaments based on the way we do it at Aspen Mountain.”
For other tournament details, visit http://www.wrightlife.com/kiss-the-sky.
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