Foxwood Open Disc Golf Tournament August 29-30, 2020
The sport of disc golf is booming in Ontario. “I’ve probably designed and built 15 to 20 disc golf courses in the past few years,” says Darrell Bankes, head of Business Development for Canada at Innova Disc Golf. “There are more courses every year, tons of people are becoming involved. Disc Golf is becoming less of a ‘fringe’ activity, and more of a mainstream sport.” Bankes is also the Tournament Director for the Foxwood Open Disc Golf Tournament happening in Baden August 29-30, 2020. The tournament will feature 140 of the best disc golfers in Ontario.
Foxwood has seen interest in disc golf at their facility swell since they put in their first 9-hole course 3 years ago, and in 2019 Foxwood contacted Bankes to design their first 18-hole disc golf course. “Big White”, as it’s called, proved so popular Foxwood contracted Bankes to build a second 18-hole layout. The new “Big Red” course opened in the spring of 2020. The Foxwood Open will use both layouts, with each of the courses providing different challenges for the players. “Big White is a very long and open layout with generous fairways,” says Bankes. “It’s well-treed, and there’s a lot of wind on that side of the property. Big Red, on the other hand, is a much tighter, wooded golf layout. There are way more trees, the fairways are narrower, and it has more water. It’s a much more precise course where accuracy is key.” The tournament at Foxwood is an important one for the players, as it’s a U.S. Disc Golf Championship qualifier – the only qualifier for the championship scheduled to take place in Canada this year.
Bankes says the team at Foxwood has done a great job not only of making sure the courses are in great shape for the tournament, but also that all required safety protocols are being adhered to. “Foxwood has followed all the mandates and regulations that have been put in place by local and provincial health authorities so we are able to run this tournament, and run it safely,” he says. For example, in order to ensure proper distancing on the courses, players will be assigned tee times instead of using the traditional shotgun start format.
As the popularity of disc golf grows, Bankes sees the Foxwood Open tournament growing as well. “One of our main objectives is to double the size of this event for 2021, and to bring over 200 disc golf players and their fans to Waterloo Region.” Schedules and more information about this year’s Foxwood Open can be found on the tournament website. You can find information on the courses at Foxwood Golf & Country Club.
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2019 Foxwood Disc Golf Tournament Putting contest on the patio at Foxwood
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