2017 NDG Open

2017 Nantucket Disc Golf Open
Sat, September 9 (Pros) & Sun, September 10 (Ams)

PDGA B-Tier
NEFA-Sanctioned Points Event
2 rounds of 18 holes each day
$5,000 Added Cash to the Men's Pro Divisions (MPO/MPM/MPG) plus
$1,000 Added Cash to the Women's Pro Division (FPO) plus
$1,000 3-Hole Top 4 Pro Cowbell Razz Round to follow Pro Tournament
Tournament Directors: Todd Rainwater & Mike Harter
Official Tournament Thread: http://forums.nefa.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13099

Nantucket Disc Golf Course
21 Lovers Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554

Registration begins June 1, 2017 at 8pm ET
Click HERE to register for the PRO Tournament (Saturday)
Click HERE to register for the AMATEUR Tournament (Sunday)

Players must pre-register online (no day-of registration)
Players who are simultaneously eligible for both Pro and Am divisions may register and play in both tournaments
Total field size: 144 players (52 Pros + 20 "TD Picks" Pros + 72 Ams)

Player Divisions & Entry Fees
(Free BBQ lunch included in registration!)
Open (MPO): $80
Open Women (FPO): $55
Masters (MPM): $55
Grandmasters (MPG): $55
Advanced (MA1): $30
Advanced Women (FA1): $30
Advanced Masters (MM1): $30
Advanced Grandmasters (MG1): $30
Intermediate (MA2): $30
Intermediate Women (FA2): $30
Recreational (MA3): $30
18 & Under Boys (MJ1): $15 
18 & Under Girls (FJ1): $15

A $10 fee will be added for non-PDGA members and this money goes directly to the PDGA
PDGA fee is waived for MJ1 & FJ1
Ace pot ($2) signup available during online registration

Schedule
Thursday, September 7
5:15pm - Disc Golf Clinic led by multiple Top 10 Touring Pros (tbd)

  • At the Nobadeer Farm Turf Field - next door to 9 Nobadeer Farm Road
  • Free to the public and open to anyone from beginners to pros!

Friday, September 8
5:15pm - $2000 8-Hole Touring Pro Mixed Doubles Skins Match

  • The Top 3 PDGA-Rated Male and Female Touring Pros registered for the tournament automatically qualify for the Skins Match
     
  • A mini Qualifying Round just prior to the Skins Match will determine the final male player and final female player
     
  • All tournament-registered Touring Pros who do not automatically qualify for the Skins Match and the single highest-rated tournament-registered non-Touring Pro male and female players will be invited to play in this mini Qualifying Round
     
  • In the Skins Match, the highest-rated male player will be paired with the lowest-rated female player, the next-to-highest-rated male player will be paired with the next-to-lowest-rated female player and so on and so on to determine the four mixed doubles teams
     
  • Par 3s will be Tough Shot, Par 4s will be Alternate Shot and Par 5s will be Best Shot
     
  • Holes 1-4: $150/hole
    Hole 5: $250
    Hole 16: $300
    Hole 17: $350
    Hole 18: $500

    Note: For those wishing to get in some practice at the course during this time, you are welcome to play around the Skins Match and/or play on the other holes of the course

Saturday, September 9
All Day - PRO Tournament

7:45-8:30am Player check-in (at teepad #16)
8:35-8:50am Mandatory Players Meeting
9:00am Round 1
~12:30pm Barbecue Lunch (included in registration - hamburgers & hot dogs grilled on site, potato salad, watermelon, brownies, soda & water)
~1:30pm Round 2
~5:30pm 3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff between Top 4 Pros (holes 16, 17 & 18)
~6pm Awards

MPO, FPO & MPM will play from the long tees in the morning and in the afternoon
MPG will play from the long tees in the morning & the short tees in the afternoon

Note: If you win cash or a prize and need to leave before the awards, you may see a TD to collect it at the end of the 2nd round

Sunday, September 10
All Day - AMATEUR Tournament

7:45-8:30am Player check-in (at teepad #16)
8:35-8:50am Mandatory Players Meeting
9:00am Round 1
~12:30pm Barbecue Lunch (inlcuded in registration - hamburgers & hot dogs grilled on site, potato salad, watermelon, brownies, soda & water)
~1:30pm Round 2
~5:30pm Awards

MA1 will play from the long tees in the morning and in the afternoon
MM1, MG1, & MA2 play from the long tees in the morning & the short tees in the afternoon
FA1, FA2, MA3 & Juniors will play from the short tees in both rounds

Player Packs (AMATUERS ONLY)
All Amateurs will get a pretty sweet player's pack at check-in:

  • 2017 NDG Open Logo Dynamic Discs Lucid Sheriff (Stable Driver)
    or 2017 NDG Open Logo Westside BT Hard Harp (Ricky's Go-To Putter)
  • PLUS MORE TBD!

Payouts

  • Pros: 100% cash payout within each division + $6,000 added cash to overall Pro purse
  • Ams: 2017 NDG Open Trophy Discs

    Payouts will be based on current PDGA recommendations

3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff
Following the Pro tournament on Saturday, we will, as always, be holding the infamous and exciting winner-take-all 3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff:

  • The Top 4 Pros in the tournament will participate in the Razz Round and will select their caddies from the Pros who finish 5th-8th in the tournament
     
  • The player/caddie teams will be designated as the Red Team, the Blue Team, the Green Team and the Yellow Team and each caddy will be given a colored vest that will correspond with his/her team's designated color
     
  • The Razz Round participants will play holes 16, 17 and 18 (and as many sudden death holes as possible to break any potential ties)
     
  • Before the Razz Round begins, spectators will choose which colored team they want to support and will be given a red, blue, green or yellow wristband and cowbell that will correspond with the team they are supporting
     
  • Spectators will have an opportunity, DURING PLAY, to yell, ring their cowbell and distract, to their heart's content, those players who they are not rooting for. The only rules here are that spectators may not place themselves between a thrower and the basket, must remain at least five feet away from a thrower, must remain at least three feet from the teepad and may not enter the putting circle. Other than that, anything and everything goes.
     
  • The winner of the Razz Round will collect $1000 AND the caddie for the winner will receive $100 AND spectators who root for the winning player can turn in their winning-colored wristband to collect a free disc as a prize!

    Needless to say, you need to stick around for this exciting playoff if you can, if for no other reason than to try to win yourself the free disc!

2018 USADGC Qualifier
The 2017 Nantucket Disc Golf Open is the  one and only  Massachusetts Qualifier for the 2018 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship. The top 35% of the Advanced (MA1) division at the 2017 NDG Open will qualify for the 2018 USADGC, which will be held in Milford, Michigan in early June of 2018. Any Advanced Amatuer player is eligible, including those who live out-of-state, so long as the Advanced Amatuer player has never received cash in a PDGA-sanctioned event.

For more information on the USADGC, check out  http://www.usadgc.com.

Ferries to/from Nantucket
All major ferries to Nantucket from the mainland leave from Hyannis, MA. Though seats are usually available for purchase at the dock, reservations are recommended. The two ferry companies that provide this service are:

  • Hy-Line Cruises Ferries  - 220 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 (800-492-8082)
    High-Speed (1 hour): $41 one-way, $77 round-trip (bicycles $7 each way)
     
  • Steamship Authority Ferries  - 69 South Street, Hyannis, MA, 02601 (508-477-8600)
    High-Speed (1 hour): $36.50 one-way, $69 round-trip (bicycles $7 each way)
    Traditional (2 hours & 15 minutes): $18.50 one-way, $37 round-trip (bicycles $7 each way)

High Speed Ferries Schedule  (Sep 7-10)
Hyannis->Nantucket
6:15am8:15am8:30am*, 9:30am11am11:20am12:35pm2pm2:25pm3:45pm5pm5:40pm7:30pm8pm**
Nantucket->Hyannis
8am9:30am9:55am*, 11am12:30pm12:50pm2:15pm3:30pm4:05pm5:15pm6:15pm7pm8:45pm9:20pm**

Traditional Ferries Schedule
 (Sep 7-10)
Hyannis->Nantucket:
9:15am2:45pm8:00pm
Nantucket->Hyannis:
6:30am12:00pm5:30pm

*Operates Saturday and Sunday Only
**Operates Friday Only

For those coming over to Nantucket the morning of the tournament, please be aware that the  ONLY  ferry that will get you to the island in time for the tournament on either day is the 6:15 AM Hy-Line High-Speed Ferry. Free transportation to the course via private vehicles will be provided to those arriving on Nantucket on this ferry at 7:15AM on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For those wishing to bring their vehicle with them to Nantucket, please be aware that this is, unfortunately, very costly and difficult to do. To start, the Steamship Authority traditional ferry is the only ferry that can accommodate passengers with vehicles. The cost to bring a vehicle to the island on this ferry is $400 round-trip during September and vehicle availability for weekends in September is usually very limited, unless booked well in advance. All this said, we encourage those coming over to the tournament to leave their vehicles at the ferry lots in Hyannis and take either public transportation to the course/campsite/lodging or the tournament-provided free transportation from the Hy-Line ferry terminal to the course on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Flights to Nantucket
There are scheduled non-stop flights to Nantucket on Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, American Airlines & United from Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, New Bedford, New York, Newark, Providence, and Washington D.C..

  • Nantucket Airport to the Nantucket Disc Golf Course (1.1 miles)
    Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/5 min
    UberX: ~$8/5 min
    Walk/Bike: 20 min/7 min
    WAVE Bus: $2/5 minutes - Walk to the Airport Rd/Macy's Lane bus stop and take the Sconset via Old South Road Route to the Lovers Lane stop. To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small path, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane.

    Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Transportation from the Nantucket ferry terminals to the Nantucket Disc Golf Course

  • Hy-Line Cruises Ferry Terminalto the Nantucket Disc Golf Course (2.2 miles) 
    Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/12 min
    UberX: ~$12/12 min
    Walk/Bike: 40 min/15 min
    WAVE Bus: $2/20 minutes - Walk to the Greenhound Bus Stop at 10 Washington St and take the Sconset via Old South Road Route to the Lovers Lane stop. To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small footpath, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane.

    Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.
     
  • Steamship Authority Ferry Terminalto the Nantucket Disc Golf Course (2.3 miles)
    Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/12 min
    UberX: ~$12/12 min
    Walk/Bike: 40 min/15 min
    WAVE Bus: $2/20 minutes - Walk to the Greenhound Bus Stop at 10 Washington St and take the Sconset via Old South Road Route to the Lovers Lane stop. To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small footpath, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane.

    Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Wherowhero Home, Nantucket Hostel, Camping & Other Lodging

  • Wherowhero Home (SOLD OUT!)  ($30/twin or single bed/night OR $50/queen bed/night) 

Nantucket Disc Golf is, once again, offering a LIMITED number of beds for our tournament guests for Friday (9/8) and Saturday (9/9) nights at a home near the course. The "Wherowhero Home" at 5 Wherowhero Lane has 9 queen beds and 8 twin/single beds. Those reserving queen beds may bring one non-tournament guest with them. Complimentary transportation from the Wherowhero Home to the course will be provided on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Reservations for these beds are FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED and must be made on discgolfunited.com when registering for the tournament.

The Wherowhero Home is approximately 2.1 miles from the ferries and town. The WAVE Bus Mid-Island Loop picks up downtown at the Greenhound Bus Stop at 10 Washington St and drops off at the Surfside Road/Surfside Drive stop, which is just 1/2 of a mile from the Wherowhero Home. The WAVE Bus Micaomet Loop Route picks up downtown at the Greenhound Bus Stop at 10 Washington St and drops off at the Fairgrounds Road/Surfside Road stop, which is just 1/3 of a mile from the Wherowhero Home. The Wherowhero Home is approximately 1.6 miles from the NDGCDownload the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

  • Nantucket Hostel ($30/bed/night - FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY)

Nantucket Disc Golf is also offering a VERY LIMITED number of beds (5 beds) in a co-ed dorm at the Nantucket Hostel at 31 Western Avenue on Friday (9/8) night only. Complimentary transportation from the hostel to the course will be provided on Saturday morning. Reservations for these beds are FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED and must be made on discgolfunited.com when registering for the tournament.

The Nantucket Hostel is approximately 3.2 miles from the ferries and town. The WAVE Bus Surside Beach Route that services the hostel ends its summer run just days before the tournament, howevever the WAVE Bus Micaomet Loop Route picks up downtown at the Greenhound Bus Stop at 10 Washington St and drops off at the Fairgrounds Road/Surfside Road stop, which is just 1.3 miles from the Nantucket Hostel. The hostel is just 2 miles from the NDGC. Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to loc ate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

  • Camping ($10/person/night)

Reserve & pay for camping when registering for the tournament or Paypal $10/night to todd@nantucketdiscgolf.org and specify which night(s) you want camping for. Camping is fairly primitive, though there will be barbecue grills, a disc golf basket and a porta potty on site. Camping spots are for tournament guests only and are limited and first-come, first-served. Unfilled camping spots will be released for purchase by players' guests 2 weeks before the tournament. The campsite is only about a 10 minute walk from hole #1. For the record, it is not where it has been in the past years, but is very nearby. Camping details, including a map to the campsite with WAVE bus route information, will be emailed out to all campers 2 weeks prior to the tournament.

Please note that, per the State, camping is prohibited at the course and throughout the Nantucket State Forest. Also, due to the close proximity of many of our course neighbors, we must ask that there be NO GLOW DISC PLAY at the course during the evenings. We will have a basket at the campgrounds though which you may use during the evenings to your heart’s content!

  • Other Lodging
    For those wishing to booking a hotel on your own, rooms in September on Nantucket are expensive (they start at around $300/night), however Nantucket Visitor Services (508-228-0925) might be able to help you locate a lower-cost option at a Bed & Breakfast. You can also check on prices and availability for many Nantucket Bed & Breakfasts at http://nantucketlodging.org. Finally, booking an island home on VRBO or Airbnb for a group might also be a relatively economical option.

Tournament Day Luggage Storage

Though Nantucket Disc Golf does not have a secure storage area at the course, you may leave your bags, camping equipment, and other personal items next to us at the tournament headquarters' tent next to teepad #16 during your tournament rounds and we'll do our best to look after it.

Withdrawals & Refunds

  • Tournament Refunds (per PDGA Competition Manual)
    - No refunds will be issued for a withdrawal 0-7 days prior to the event, but the player shall be sent a players package if one was provided to event competitors
    - Withdrawals made 7-13 days prior to the start of the event shall receive a 50% refund
    - Withdrawals made 14 days or more prior to the start of the event shall be refunded 100%
     
  • Lodging/Camping Refunds
    - Refunds for the Wherowhero Home, the Nantucket Hostel and camping are available until two weeks before the tournament and may only be made via Paypal

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