The elusive disc golf ace. That one perfect (or not so perfect) throw that finds the chains. At times, when it rains it pours and the aces come on a near regular basis. Other times, it is a desert and you’ll find yourself wondering when your next ace comes.
Over the last four years, I’ve hit seven aces. Each ace has its own unique story behind it, but each have been memorable. A few of the aces have been rewards from well executed shots. I had the right disc on the right line and it faded directly into the basket. I’ve also had a few where if the disc didn’t land in the basket, it was going well past our intended target and we’d be left with quite the long putt (or worse).
Earlier this week one of our readers, Jeff Jaynes, reached out to us with a very exciting disc golf ace story. Jaynes is part of the Peterborough Disc Golf Club in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Jaynes said at a local league night earlier this week they had FIVE different people hit an ace during the round. Adam Gowland, Brad Cooper, Andrew McLean, Clint Bradley, and Kevin Marr each threw a perfect drive that crashed in the basket. Congrats to the whole group on each of their successful drives. Way to split that ace pot five ways… or not.
This got us thinking though on our favorite ace stories. My very first ace came in a tournament ran by friend of ATDG, Dana Vicich. At Riverview Disc Golf Course in Pontiac, Illinois, Vicich put the 17th basket into the top of a chimney. The location is close to where the intended pin placement is, but he wanted to step things up for the tournament. As my group walked up to the hole someone on the card talked about how the pin placement was unfair and no one could ace this.
Admittedly, I took a slightly higher line than I initially wanted to, but once it came around the trees it barely caught the chains and landed in the basket. The doubter on the card turned around and said, “That’s one way to shut me up.”
My favorite ace story is actually about a pair of aces, back-to-back in fact. During a casual round we hit an ace on a slightly uphill and blind shot. A quick high five with our playing partner and we walked over to the next hole. I switched discs and lined up my next drive and watched this one crash right into the heart of the chains. Two consecutive throws and two aces. Certainly one that we’ll remember for a while!
We want to hear from you though. What is your favorite ace you’ve hit? Have a fun story of one you’ve seen in person? Let us know in the comments!