by JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Disc golfers will be psyched to know that Stanley is offering an 18-pole challenge course tournament that will debut this Labor Day weekend.
It’s one highlight of the weekend in the little town north of Ketchum that will include a mountain bike race, hosted mountain bike trail rides, live music and a few free beers.
“It’s something we’ve talked about doing for years,” said Charles Thompson, president of the Stanley Chamber of Commerce, which partnered with the city of Stanley and others for the event. “We’re going to put it on and see what happens.”
Live music will be offered starting Thursday night, Aug. 30, with All Night Diner at Redfish Lake Lodge around 5 p.m., Voice of Reason on Friday night at the Rod-N-Gun Whitewater Saloon, Reilly Coyote on Saturday night at the Kasino Club and Old Death Whisper on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Redfish Lake Lodge.
On Friday there will be slide shows with river and bike themes shown at dusk at Peaks & Perks.
For the weekend only, there will be in-town camping, free for participants in the Stanley Sprint bike race or the Sawtooth Shootout, and $5 for spectator/campers. Spots will be available in Stanley Pioneer Park and adjacent to the Mountain Village Resort.
According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Everything is handled by the chamber, and registration begins Friday at 4 p.m. There is an Open Class for $60, Advanced Amateurs for $35 and Juniors for $15, with entry fees going toward the prizes. The Open carries a $750 added purse.
Thompson said there will be discs available for those who spontaneously take up the sport. The course, which starts with nine holes in Pioneer Park, will wind through town to the Mountain Village property for the other nine holes. On Sunday, the course will be open to all.
The end of the Shootout will mark the start of the Stanley Sprint, a two-hour lap bike race through town with two flights, running from 2-4 p.m. There is a $20 fee and prizes after.
The party at the Sawtooth Hotel starts at 5 p.m. and is open to all.
Along with the free disc golf course, also Sunday will be guided mountain bike tours, free, for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.
For all the details, visit www.stanleycc.org or call 800-878-7950.
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