Updated June 1st
Welcome to Atlantic Canada, home of wonderful people, beautiful beaches, and the FlickLine Disc Golf Tour. Like 2020, 2021 will be another year filled with many unknowns. COVID-19 is still very much a real thing, and it impacts many of our well-laid plans for the season. We're uncertain that everything will go exactly as planned this year, but for now, we are doing out our best to make it all happen.
However, we are certain that what we do have planned is shaping up to be incredible. For now, that plan is a 8-stop Pro/Am tour that starts July 9, and extends throughout the year until the Tour Championship in November. The tour will make stops in all four Atlantic provinces, including the first ever PDGA event(s) in Newfoundland. Points will be kept all season, with the overall MA1 winner receiving 6 DiscGolfPark baskets (to be donated to a local disc golf course), or two DiscGolfPark baskets (to do with whatever they wish). Each of the divisions offered will have great prizes for the player who finishes the season in first place.
In order to make this tour as good as possible, we have done some work during the offseason. First, we have created and strengthened several community partners for this upcoming year and beyond, the most important of which is our new partner, Chain Reaction Disc Golf https://www.chainreactiondiscgolf.ca/ . Chain Reaction is a new company located inside the Board Room Cafe (1256 Barrington St.) in downtown Halifax http://boardroomgames.ca/ . This new company is very much a continuation of the success and spirit of what makes the Board Room Cafe so great. Chain Reaction has both a great in-person and online presence, and even offers free delivery in the HRM for orders over $75. This year, many of the card winners in each tour event will receive gift certificates for Chain Reaction, and we think that some of the projects we have lined up with them will make an impact for years to come.
FlickLine Presents: The Chain Reaction Disc Golf Tour
We have also continued to work with many other great local companies that support the tour, such as:
The Hand Pie Company (Albany, PE) https://handpie.ca/
The PEI Brewing Company (Charlottetown, PE) https://peibrewingcompany.com/
Hunter's Ale House (Charlottetown, PE) https://huntersalehouse.com/
Island Disc Golf Company (Charlottetown, PE) https://islanddiscgolf.ca/
Mike's Bike Shop (Dieppe, NB) https://www.mikesbikeshop.ca/
Sportwheels Sport Excellence (Lower Sackville, NS) https://www.sportwheels.ca/
PDGA Canada https://www.pdga.com/canada
The Spoke & Note (Windsor, NS) https://www.thespokeandnote.com/
Top Link Disc Golf (Barrie, ON) https://toplinkdiscgolf.com/
Room Escape Cavendish (Cavendish, PE) http://www.roomescapecavendish.com/
Plus, we have created some new partnerships, including:
Landry Auto Group (Kentville, NS) https://www.facebook.com/LandryAutoGroup/
Wallace Quarries (Wallace, NS) http://www.wallacequarries.com/
Sure Wood Skateboards (PE) https://www.surewoodskateboards.com/?fbclid=IwAR3WzAalIbvY9Ll7WhKXyDDFFbUB4CNwuk5R9kPMlOns0AdjhLd6n38P1zE
Crush Bro's (Dieppe)
Casey Concrete (nine locations across NB and NS) https://www.caseyltd.ca/
and, our official disc company, Discmania https://www.discmania.net/
We hope to be adding more sponsors as the season progresses.
The goal of the Chain Reaction Disc Golf Tour is to create something long lasting and high quality for our area. We believe that all of the pieces are in place to make the Maritime region of Canada one of the best places in the world to play disc golf. This tour aims to showcase well-run events on quality disc golf courses. With the exception of Huck-it (Middleton, PE), Hillcrest Farm (Bonshaw, PE), and Lockhart Ryan DGC (New Minas, NS), each course on the tour was designed and installed by FlickLine. The tour has been made possible by the ongoing support of local course owners, clubs, and businesses, who have all chosen to buy into the game of disc golf. We hope that the high-quality players packs and elevated level of competition will go a long way towards creating a positive experience for all of those who take part in the tour.
The tour itself will have a year-long point system that will be tracked and displayed on our website (www.flickline.ca). Players can use their best five finishes for their overall tour points. The point system is as follows:
1st place = 25 points
2nd place = 23 points
3rd place = 21 points
4th place = 20 points
5-8th places = 18 points
9-12th places = 16 points
13-16th places = 14 points
17-20th places = 12 points
All other places = 10 points
In order to qualify for end-of-the-year prizes, players must play in at least four events in the same division. The prizes include (but are not limited to):
MA18: PDGA membership for the following season, plus custom discs
FA2: disc golf bag (backpack style)
MA2: Zuca cart
MA40: Grip bag
FA1: practice basket (with permanent option)
MA1: winner's choice (nine permanent baskets that must be donated to a new or existing local course, or three permanent baskets with no restrictions)
For every event, the winner of each division will be give a 24-hour advanced registration for the Tour Championship. After that 24-hour window, the remaining spots will be offered to the public.
In the event of a tie, the player who plays the most events will win. If it is still tied, then the player with the most first-place finishes wins. In the event that it is still tied, then the player with the best placement at the Tour Championship will win. If, for some crazy reason, each of those scenarios still results in a tie, then the tied players will play a sudden-death playoff starting at hole #1 on the Tour Championship.
Below you'll find detailed descriptions of the various divisions, based on various disc golf events in the region for the past six years. These descriptions should hopefully help you to determine which division is the best fit for you. Should the need arise, we would offer new divisions, or revise the descriptions given below. Feedback is extremely important to us, so please don't hesitate to bring forth your ideas on how to improve our events. Without you, there is no tour!
In amateur divisions the first 4 places will receive trophies and prizes, in open divisions the top 3 will win trophies. Cash will be paid out as well. In all Flickline events the player who wins their card on the final round will win a prize. The prizes get better the later you tee off.
MA18 is for all junior players who players under the age of 19. This is a great introduction for younger players who wish to compete. They will often have the first tee times of the day, and will play from the shortest tees when possible. All junior players will win prizes for competing.
FA2 is the introductory level division for females of any age. This is a great division for women who are new to the game, are new to competition, or simply just wish to play and compete with less pressure. This division will use the most forward tees, and reduced out-of-bounds (OBs) where possible. This division will tee off third.
MA2 is the entry level division for mixed amateurs of any age or gender. It is a good introduction division for players new to the game, or for players who are still looking to refine their skill set. All players competing in this division will play from shorter tees. More often than not, this division will tee off second.
MA40 is the division offered for amateur players who will turn 40 (or older) in this calendar year. Players in MA40 will use forward tees with full O.B. rules. This division will often tee off fifth.
FA1 is the most competitive division offered for females only. A blend of longer tee pads and full OB rules will be used for this division. This division will often tee off fourth.
MA1 is the premier division offered for all amateur players. This division will use the longest tee pads on the course, with full OB rules in place. Out of all of the amateur divisions, MA1 players will consistently tee off last.
MP40 is the mixed professional division offered for players who turn 40 or older in this calendar year. A minimum of 100% of the tournament entrance fee will be paid out for this division. There will be added cash for all professional divisions for every FlickLine event.
MP0 is the premier division offered for all professional players. A minimum of 100% of the tournament entrance fee will be paid out for this division. There will be added cash for all professional divisions for every FlickLine event. It is our deep-seated belief that the player who wins first place in this division should receive a solid payout, and that each of the cash spots should be significant.
Thanks to all of you for being here. Let's have a great 2021 season!