Sun King presents Throw Down The Mountain
Ams - 1/5 & 6, Pros - 1/19 & 20 2013 - PDGA B-Tier - Brooksville FL
A unique event at the property formerly known as the Gran Canyon
Ever Play Disc Golf On A Mountain? In Florida?
Well, here's your chance!
In January 2013, Sun King Disc Sports will host a tournament on the property formerly known as the Gran Canyon! This is a unique opportunity to play Disc Golf on this legendary tract of land in Brooksville FL. In fact, if you haven't seen the property before, here are some videos on YouTube from the Ultimate Disc Golf Show showcasing the final event held at the property in 2006.
The last tournament at the Gran Canyon was run in 2006. The property was sold in late 2008 and the final rounds were played on 11/24, the Monday after the Players Cup. The baskets came out immediately afterwards and speculation and rumors swirled about it's future over the next 4 years. Since then the property was cleaned up to prepare it for residential development but when the housing market bubble burst shortly afterward, the nearly 60-acre plot went undeveloped.
It has taken Sun King nearly 4 years to get the owner of the property to let us run these two events, so we are very grateful and humble to get this chance. The property has changed dramatically with some areas overgrown, some areas cleared and open and other areas either holding water or have sustained water and wind erosion over the past few years. This is why we have chosen to use a modified 18-hole layout that features as much of the old course as possible, but also uses some areas that haven't been used since some of the early tournaments or not at all. In addition, this time around, we will offer limited camping spots including a handful of spots for campers/rvs, as we are unsure if we will be able to get back to the property anytime soon and we hope we can maximize the memories and good times.
Course Cleanup/Volunteer Days
Sun King is organizing two seperate work day events to help prepare the famous old Gran Canyon property for the upcoming Throw Down The Mountain tournaments in January 2013. What makes these work days unique is that they will allow the volunteers a sneak peak preview of the new course layout and although the baskets won't be set up, they will be able to play it or at least throw shots off the ridges and cliff walls when the work is done! Sun King will provide lunch for all volunteers and in addition, each volunteer will receive special t-shirt and be eligible to win a paid entry into the tournament!
Throw Down The Mountain Work Day & Course Preview #1 - December 1st
Picture Album on Facebook
Throw Down The Mountain Work Day & Course Preview #2 - December 15th
All Amateur Divisons - $69*
100% Payout through Sun King Disc Sports (changed from over valued players pack on 11/13)
Amateur Players Pack - (1) Innova Champion Metal Flake disc (players choice) + Metal Flake Mini
Stickers & Coupons for local eateries
Open Men - $89*
All Other Pro Divisions - $79*
A minimum of $500 will be added to the Open divisions!
If registration hits 100 players, $1000 will be added to purse!
If registration hits 150 players, $1500 will be added to purse!
*Entry Fee includes $20 Greens Fees ($10/day), $3 PDGA Fee & $1 E.D.G.E. Donation
Vibram Open Qualifier
Just announced! Sun King is stoked to announce that Throw Down The Mountain is the first Vibram Open Qualifier for 2013! As with previous years VOQ's, players in qualified Pro divisions can pay a $10 "opt in" fee to be qualified to compete for the (2) spots that will be awarded to the non-qualified players with the two best scores. Players can opt in during registration or any time up to the beginning of their round 1 tee time.
MPO, FPO, MPM
Players in these divisions will all play from the same set of teepads and are eligible (if paid) for the VO spots.
Waiting List & Refunds
Any player wishing to get on the waiting list after the event is filled must register online to do so. Calls to the Sun King shop will be redirected to the website. There is a $5.00 non refundable fee to get on the waiting list. If any players drop from the event, the next player in line on the waiting list will be contacted and have 48 hours to register for the event. This time is subject to be reduced as the event nears. Refunds are elgible to any player that withdraws and directly contacts the TD, Mike Barnett, or calling the Sun King shop before the Friday Doubles tee time on the tournament weekend. Refunds will be given as a net amount (credit card processing fees will not be refunded). Players who do not show up for the tournament will lose their entire registration fee but will be eligible for any players package items they were to receive.
Dates & Online Registration Links
Amateur Weekend - 1/5 & 1/6 2013
Pro Weekend - 1/19 & 1/20 2013
Online Registration Opens On 11/16 at 12pm EST
Due to the extremely high demand to play doubles by tournament players from both weekends plus spectators and those that cannot play the tournament we have changed the format from random doubles to "bring your own partner" with a flex start. Teams will be seperated into A Pool or B Pool based on their PDGA player rating. Teams with one or both players with a 971+ will be considered A Pool and teams with both players 970 and below will be considered B Pool. Teams may tee off any time between 8:30am and 2pm and will require a minimum of 1 other team to partner up with and may be forced to have 3 teams per card depending on volume of teams waiting to play. Doubles entry is $20 per player and includes the $10 greens fee.
2 Rounds of 18 Holes (1 Each Day) + Final 6 For Top Divisions
Top 5 players* in MA1, FW1**, MPO & FPO** play "Final 6 - Extreme Mountain Edition"
*Sudden death playoff to break ties. Seperate Ace Fund.
**Must meet minimum division requirements.
Maximum of 150 Players Per Weekend
Tee Times For All Divisions, Both Days. Initial Tee Times Will Be Determined Randomly.
CFR Cash Raffle Drawing
Presented by Innova, the CFR Cash Raffle Drawing will award cash prizes to a few lucky winners. For each Innova CFR disc sold, $5 will be added to the raffle amount. With (200) discs available, there could be up to $1000 to giveaway! The raffle will guarantee a minimum of $100 in prize money and the drawing will take place on Sunday 1/20 after the rounds are over. Discs can be purchased during online registration or at the event if quantities remain.
Craft Beer Fundraiser
Throw Down The Mountain organizers will be producing some special craft beers to commemorate this awesome property and upcoming tournaments. Event brewmaster Joey Van Duzee, in conjunction with Engine 15 Brewing Company are small batch brewing (48) 22 oz. bottles each of From the Summit IPA and Sawgrass Slope Weiss. These special brews will be made available for any craft beer lovers out there for a small donation.
$12 each or 2 for $20...once they are gone, they are gone!
From The Summit IPA Sawgrass Slope Weiss
Hole sponsorships are available for $50 per hole. Each sponsor will get their name/company name listed on a hole and here on the website. More importantly, each sponsor will receive a special limited edition "thank you" package valued at $75. We are currently working on all the details, but we do know it will include the following:
~ Limited Edition Tournament Polo
~ Limited Edition Innova "Thank You" Disc
~ DVD + Extras
Clubs & Companies:
ChuckinPlastic.com, Discalibur Disc Golf Club, Disc Golf Center,
Floral City Merchants Association, Innovation Valley DGC, Nature Coast Disc Golf Club,
Ocala Disc Golf Club, "Same As" Blog, Sarasota Sky Pilots, Tampa Bay Disc Sports Club
Individuals & Families:
Dr. Charlie Booras, Bill Burbage, Walt Guttinger,
In Memory of Jeff Liddell, Mike & Meredith McElroy, Edward Naylon, Phil Rowe,
Fred Smith, The Smith Family - Dana, Lisa, Jillian & Devyn, Joey & Karin Van Duzee
Bold denotes $100+ Sponsor
Event sponsorship is open for any interested parties or companies. Sun King is always open to hearing ideas and the event has many needs and would be willing to barter in exchange for sponsorship. Please call the Sun King shop at (941.894.0928) to discuss further.
Schedule of Events/Tee Times
Thursday 1/3 - Open Practice (Greens Fees & Parking Fees Apply)
Gate Opens @ 9am, Last Tee @ 3pm
Friday 1/4 - $20 "Bring Your Own Partner" Doubles (A Pool/B Pool) &
E.D.G.E. Fundraiser CTP Contest Qualifying
Gate Opens @ 8am, Flex Start 8:30am-2:00pm
NOTE: Distance Competition has been changed to the E.D.G.E. Fundraiser CTP Contest
Saturday 1/5 - Round 1 & E.D.G.E. Fundraiser CTP Contest Finals (After Round)
Tee Times 8am-1:30pm
Sunday 1/6 - Round 2/Final 6 - Extreme Mountain Edition
Tee Times 8am-1:30pm, Final 6 After Round, Awards To Follow
Thursday 1/17 - Open Practice (Greens Fees & Parking Fees Apply)
Gate Opens @ 9am, Last Tee @ 3pm
Friday 1/18 - $20 "Bring Your Own Partner" Doubles (A Pool/B Pool)
Gate Opens @ 8am, Flex Start 8:30am-2:00pm
ROUND 1 TEE TIMES
NOTE: E.D.G.E. Fundraiser CTP Contest has been cancelled
Saturday 1/19 - Round 1 - Tee Times 7:30am-1:30pm
Sunday 1/20 - Round 2/Final 6 - Extreme Mountain Edition/CFR Raffle Drawing
Tee Times 8am-1:30pm, Final 6 After Round, Awards & CFR Raffle To Follow
Camping for this event has been cancelled due to a conflict with insurance.
Refunds will be given at the event.
Mention "Disc Golf" upon booking rooms to get the discounted rate!
I-75 & SR50 (Cortez Blvd.)
6298 Nature Coast Boulevard
Brooksville, FL 34602
Doubles - $64.99/night Suites - $74.99/night
6320 Windmere Road
Brooksville, FL 34602
Doubles - $59.99/night
Arriving at the Property
As one would expect, these events are going to be extremely popular and will more than likely going to sell out. Please be advised that the Friday and Saturday of the event weekends will prove to be extremely busy. To make your check-in goes as smooth as possible please make sure you leave yourself an extra 15-30 minutes to get through the line during peak times and get parked and ready to play. Remember, each vehicle will need to get their parking pass issued and players/campers will need to sign the waiver and receive their wristbands.
9020 Cooper Terrace
Brooksville FL 34601
Note: All Players/Spectators are considered "tresspassing" if they have not signed the waiver or have a wristband on. Players/Spectators only need to sign the waiver once per event weekend and must keep their wristbands on during the duration of the event weekend. Replacement wristbands are $1.00.
Parking space is extremely limited and we highly encourage players and spectators alike to carpool as much as possible. At this time, there will be no parking allowed along Mondon Hill Rd or Cooper Terrace due to limits in our county issued permit.
Daily Pass - $5 per day
4-Day Pass - $10 per event weekend
Parking passes can be purchased at the gate or through the online tournament registration.
Anyone on the tournament property must sign a waiver releasing all tournament partners of liabilty of your actions while on the property. Once the waiver is signed, attendees will receive a wrist band that must be wore at all times while on the property. Tournament players will have the opportunity to sign the waiver during the online registration process.
Alcohol is permitted on the property by those 21 and older with a valid ID. Cans/plastic bottles or containers only - no glass bottles will be allowed on the property with both vehicles and attendees subject to a cooler search at any point. Bottles may be confiscated until the owner departs the property. Any repeat offenders will be banned from the property for the duration of the event.
Recycling & Refuse
There will be several recycling & refuse stations conveniently located throughout the parking and camping areas allowing attendees the opportunity to properly dispose of aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers and paper/cardboard products. In addition, anything that doesn't fit into those categories can be placed into refuse bins. We encourage folks coming out to this property to adopt the "pack it in, pack it out" mentality and be prepared to carry out anything that you bring on to the property so that we have a better chance of running events on this magnificent property in the future.
NOTE: Information listed here is subject to any change without notification