Disc golf tournament comes to Crested Butte Mountain

Toss in the Clouds

Local disc golf enthusiast and course designer Chris Brown continues to take disc golf in the Gunnison Valley to a new level. With the help of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Brown expanded the existing nine-hole course on Crested Butte Mountain into an 18-hole course that is 2.2 miles in length.

 

 

“It’s probably one of the longest courses in the continental U.S.” says Brown. “It’s been a lot of fun. CBMR has been really helpful. You’ve got to see it to believe it.”
The course starts at the top of the Red Lady Express lift and Brown kept the first six holes in their original state, changed the next three holes and then added nine more, with the 18th hole finishing back at the base area.
“It’s got a little bit of everything,” says Brown. “Two of the holes are in excess of 800 feet and there’s a lot of elevation change. The views are breathtaking.”
Crested Butte disc golfer Aaron Tomcak spent many afternoons playing the nine-hole course and looks forward to the recent expansion.
“A lot of the long holes are downhill and that makes anyone feel good,” says Tomcak.
 The new course will be showcased this Sunday, July 20, when Brown’s company High Mountain Flyers and Crested Butte Mountain Resort host Toss in the Clouds, the third disc golf tournament of the summer series that was put together by Brown.
Registration for the tournament will be held on Sunday starting at 8:45 a.m. at the base of the Red Lady Express Lift. The cost is $20 and it covers lunch and a lift ride up the Red Lady Express to the first tee.
Players will start loading the lift at 9:30 a.m. with their respective tee times. The post-tournament party and awards ceremony/raffle will be held at the Firehouse Grill.
Brown hopes to eventually attract the big-wigs of the disc golf world to the new course if all goes well.
“I’ve been talking to the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) to try and get some people out here. Eventually I want to get the PDGA tour here,” says Brown.
“It’s going to be a big, long challenging course,” adds Tomcak. “The pros are going to want to play it.”

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