Thrilling weekend ahead in MA

10/21/2010 by John Borelli

Devens disc golf course hosts it's annual Thrill on the Hill Dubs and Speed tournament this Saturday in Devens, MA. 

While the actual doubles event is a good time and a great opportunity for new players to try doubles or play their first tournament (there are 12 Rec players signed up!), the showcase event of the day is the 4-hole speed round.

If you haven't been to Devens, it is an up and down course built on an old army training hill. If you are out of shape it's challenging enough to walk, never mind run. Brave souls who sign up for Speed have a big challenge ahead of them and are probably slightly wacked in the head. 

Speed is a timed race of 4 holes with your final time a result of your score and time. If you are over par, penalty time is added per stroke; if you are under par time is subtracted. Players go off at 30-second intervals.

The first hole (13) has an elevated tee and levels out through some beautiful pines. Heading down the incline after your tee shot is always fun because you naturally want to watch where your disc went but also have to watch your step as you go down the hill. Some less-than-graceful golfers (like me) have wiped out much to the delight of the crowd on tee 13. Good times.

The second hole (14) is a doozy  that goes straight up the 310 ft hill at a pretty steep clip. Next, you are rewarded with an "easy" 100 footer from tee 15's teepad to hole 9's basket. It's a good opportunity to catch your breath and bag a 2, but since you're lungs are screaming and your head feels like it's about to explode, it's not always that easy.

The fourth and last hole (10) is a 215 ft downhill toss, another great place to wipe out running full throttle down the hill. After you putt out, a "simple" 40-yard uphill dash to the finish line at tee 11 is all it takes to receive the respect and admiration of the disc golf world! 

Video from last year's Speed
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Last  year's record of 2:47 (even par 12, no penalties) by Kevin Fox is going to be hard to beat, but you never know what'll happen out there!

Tully Octoberfest

Also this Sunday is the Tully Octoberfest, a free event at Tully disc golf course in Athol, MA. Get on out there for some free disc and grub!

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