The 2016 GMC Joins the Disc Golf Pro Tour

DGPT LogoThe Disc Golf Pro Tour was just announced and Brewster Ridge Disc Golf and Smugglers’ Notch Resort is proud to announce that not only will the GMC be included in the inaugural tour, but that we will also host the Tour Championship featuring a $10,000 payout to the winner! Stay tuned for more details and a final schedule, but for now mark your calendars for September 14-18th, 2016. This is going to be a week full of amazing disc golf including the expansion of our Fall Festival!

Simon Lizotte GMC by HEP


Brewster Closes for the Season

Hole #7 Fall

With snow now blanketing our mountain range, Brewster Ridge has closed for the season. The last few weeks have been some of the most beautiful autumn foliage we can imagine as the picture of hole #7 above indicates. It has been a remarkable year for the disc golf operation as we’ve seen our rounds per week grow and overall participation nearly double! Though we are closed, we will be updating our blog and website throughout the end of the fall and winter seasons as many exciting announcements are on their way. Stay tuned, and keep your game sharp this winter!


Another GMC Success!

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last putt hit the chains at the 2015 Green Mountain Championships, but it’s never too late to give a quick rundown of a great event. The Green Mountain Championships has continued its rapid growth to one of the largest events in our sport today. In 2014, the GMC held its first A-Tier and it has now nearly doubled in size to over 275 players. Situated in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch Resort hosts this event and has continued to grow its Fall Festival around the disc golf tournament.

The festival works to promote the disc golf event to other the FallFest goers and focuses on adventure and northern Vermont culture! Spend your day mountain biking, rock climbing or disc golfing and your evening taking in live music, with local food, craft beer, and craft cider. The GMC is the centerpiece, with $10,000 added cash to the pro purse and over $30,000 of cash and prizes handed out by the end of the weekend.


Jay and Des Reading giving an E.D.G.E. presentation to middle school kids at the Fall Festival.

This year, several of disc golf’s biggest names were in attendance, including Ricky Wysocki, Steve Brinster, Paul Ulibarri, Nate Doss, Simon Lizotte, Avery Jenkins and more. Wysocki had won the event both years previously and added another win this year to become the 3X champion after an astounding 1100-rated, 15 under par during the second round. Doss and Ulibarri finished second and third while Maine’s Tyler Grady surprised the field with a 4th place finish just in front of Brinster who rounded out the top 5.

The women’s side of the event featured four PDGA Pro Women’s World Champions! Val Jenkins started hot and held the lead for all three days of the event. Sarah Hokom and Des Reading were in the mix throughout the weekend, but it was Catrina Allen who would make the charge, catching and eventually passing Val on the final day to earn the six stroke victory with an amazing 1019-rated final round!

The Masters division also featured big names as Jon Baldwin and Jay “Yeti” Reading battled it out throughout the weekend. Yeti never let it get too close though, as he played great golf to coast to an easy victory. Jay & Des Reading contributed in other ways throughout the week, leading the Innova-sponsored Village Fair where they ran kids clinics for local middle school students, donating an EDGE package to a local elementary school for the second straight year.

Event Director Jeff Spring feels that it is an important part of the event. “It’s important for us to engage the local community, and ever since we donated the EDGE package last year, we have seen an influx of younger disc golfer’s visiting Brewster Ridge. We are looking forward to growing this facet of the event in years to come!”.

As far as the peripheral events go, one of the most notable facets of the festival is a special beer release. Nate Doss partnered with Fiddlehead Brewing Company to create “Understable” Session IPA which was available exclusively at the resort during this weekend. Also sponsored by Discraft, the beer was well received and Event Director Jeff Spring reports that nearly all 400 cases were sold in a one-hour span from 6-7pm at the Can Release Party, with the rest going shortly afterwards. More about Fiddlehead’s Understable Session IPA can be read on AllThingsDiscGolf.com.

In terms of media, the event featured live scoring and Smugglers’ Notch is again producing high quality videos both recapping the event and providing shot by shot coverage for rounds 3 & 4. This year, Smuggs brought in some additional help to support the coverage with Terry Miller AKA The Disc Golf Guy and SmashboxxTV. Round 3 has just been released (embedded below) and Round 4 will be split into front and back nine coverage to be released during the third week of October. The coverage has moved over to Vimeo, which features a higher quality video platform and access to a video pay model which Brewster Ridge is experimenting with for Round 4.

“We invest a lot of time, energy and money into the production of our videos, as do many disc golf video production companies. In order to continue production, we were tasked with finding some modest revenue streams. We believe that our fans and viewers will support the production by making the $1.00 contribution we are asking for in order to watch each part of Round 4”, says Spring. “It will be interesting to see the results of this new video model as disc golf media coverage expands in many ways for events around the world.”

With another successful year under their belts, the crew at Brewster Ridge seems primed to continue the growth of this unique event. We are excited to see what is in store for 2016!