Saturday 29th October - Sunday 30th October 2016
This years BDGA nationals tournament, as well as our ‘not-the-nationals’ side tournament for everyone, Hyzerween, will be played on the tournament layout of our Longford Park home course.
The event will cost £35 per person and is completely non-profit and we aim to spend every pound on the tournament experience and the prize packages, including a new tournament-logo Compass disc from Latitude 64 in Opto plastic for everyone and free meal on Saturday night.
This event concludes the 2016 tour and will crown the 2016 National Champion in 4 rounds of match play. Players will play head-to-head with another player in a four-round single elimination tournament, with all places played out so you know you final position. Qualified players are the top-placed 14 players in the open division of tour, as well as the top masters player and the top Advanced Amateur player. In the event that not all nationals qualified players can attend, open division players or other top competitors may be promoted from the other event by the BDGA!
This will be a fun-focused PDGA rated C-tier tournament taking place simultaneously with Nationals on the same course, but structured as a stroke play 3-round event over two days. Advanced and Intermediate amateur divisions will be played, and if there are at least four people wishing to enter, we will offer Open, Masters, Women, Junior and recreational divisions well. The playing schedule will allow everyone to follow a card of their choice for the final round of the national championship!
We will send detailed joining instructions to all registered players the week before the event, and these will include detailed directions for how to get here and an opportunity to pre-order meals. Players wishing to carpool or share hotel rooms are welcome to coordinate on our Facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1815772542043215/.
Search for accommodation near M21 9TA. Local B&B options include the Woodstock(0161 861 9836) within easy walking distance, the Spread Eagle( 0161 861 0385) and Abbey Lodge only slightly further away, and all the hotels that serve Old Trafford cricket ground and the Manchester United Stadium.
WE ARE WORKING ON A CAMPING OPTION, BUT IT ISN’T GUARANTEED. Some local players might be willing to host you for free in their homes if you ask on the facebook event page. If would like to find an AirBnB, there are lots in and around Chorlton, https://goo.gl/AtA2kt.
We aim to have the final course layout sprayed, flagged and signed by the end of Thursday the 27th, so it should be in tournament condition for any practice rounds you want to play on Friday. If you are in Manchester on Friday, you can join us for informal pub drinks in Chorlton on Friday evening, location TBC.
There is a café on-site in Longford Park which sells good coffee, sandwiches and soup options, slightly on the expensive side. They are normally open from 10 am each day. We will arrange a lunch pre-order option with the cafe for all signed up players, which we expect to cost about £6 per day. There are also small shops within easy walking distance of the course, providing take away and pre-made sandwich options. Players are, of course, welcome to bring their own food.
Saturday evening we will host a social in the Scout hut next to the course, which will kick off with the BDGA business-only AGM. Our volunteers will lay on a taco and burrito buffet, included in your player fee! Final details of the social are not confirmed, but if they will let us have a bonfire, we will have one. Bring your own beer.
We are aiming to have tea, coffee and cakes available, for free, all day - for everyone.
Both events will start with a players meeting led by TD Alan Heckman at 10 am on Saturday. The first round will begin no later than 10:30 for both Nationals and Hyzerween, unless we have so many sign-ups that we need to alter the schedule!
The Saturday afternoon round will start no later than 2 pm with a shotgun start for both events.
Saturday evening, please join us for the BDGA Annual General Meeting and our evening social, to be held in the Scout Hut adjacent to the course.
Sunday morning round will begin at 9:30 am. This is the third and final round of regular play for Hyzerween. After lunch Hyzerween players are invited to join the BDGA Nationals final round as spectators, to watch what should be some great disc golf! Join us at 3 pm for our prize ceremony. We aim to finish the event by 3:30, allowing plenty of travel time to make your way home on Sunday evening.
There is no predicting what the weather will be like at the end of October in Manchester, but we intend to carry out all event activities unless there are seriously dangerous conditions. Cool and sunny autumn weather is likely, but may also get to enjoy battling the elements as you play, and you should be prepared for rain and for mud underfoot.
Our course is a wet course, so multiple footwear options, possibly including wellies, are a good idea. There will plenty of dry space to store your stuff, as we will have gazebo event tents on the course, and access to the scout hut nearby. Bringing a folding camping chair may be a good idea if you don’t wish to sit in the mud between rounds!
Disc golf is the perfect spectator sport, come along and watch the UK's top 16 players compete for the very first time in Greater Manchester!
It's FREE to watch and we'd love for our local community support the competitors and to give the British Disc Golf Association a warm welcome!