The Challenge at Goat Hill Park Welcomes You!
2021 marked the 9th installation of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova, held in Oceanside, California. The A-tier portion of The Challenge was held on My 7-9, 2021 for the 129 players in the combined MPO/FPO fields (see PDGA results here, UDisc stats here), while 58 players participated in a 2-day B-tier for age-protected Pro divisions on May 8-9 (PDGA results here). The Am side of the event will be held October 16-17, 2021 (registration will open in July). The tournament was a smashing success, with fantastic performances by MPO winner Ricky Wysocki and FPO winner Lisa Fajkus. Chris Shotwell, David Divine, and Mike Reeves were the winners of the MP40, MP50 and MP60 divisions, respectively.
For the third year in a row we a part of the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s Silver Series! Over $8,000 in cash was added to the MPO/FPO side of the tournament, with over $1,500 in added cash for the “old guys” in the B-tier! We will have ample player packs and awards available for our Ams. And of course, the coveted “Goat Trophies” for top finishers!
Players choosing to take on the Goat will get a chance to experience the Par 68, nearly 12,000-foot disc golf layout that winds around the golf course known as Goat Hill Park. The “Goat Hill” portion of the venue name tells you most of what you need to know about the course: it’s tough, ornery and features lots of hills to chew players up. What isn’t mentioned is the wind – a steady sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean (in view from several holes) that really picks up in the afternoon, just in time for lead cards. “Park” was add to the name to reflect the open, inviting, relaxing vibe that embraces the venue. Where else can you see ball golfers and disc golfers with their dogs on leash beside them as they play 18?
COVID kept us from hosting a Friday evening Welcome and Players Party on-site at Goat Hill Park, similar to what we did in 2019, but it’s on the agenda for 2022! Once again we hope to make use of the patio area to enjoy disc-themed games, snacks and a sampling of some of San Diego County’s best craft beers. We’re also looking at adding a Saturday evening FanFest with live music, disc-themed games and a long drive competition on the Goat Hill Park driving range.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is provided three rounds of post-production video coverage of the event Central Coast Disc Golf covering MPO and GK Pro covering FPO. The Disc Golf Network was also on hand to do a live webcast of Sunday’s final round (must be a DGN subscriber to watch). Also, the OTB Skins crew filmed some cash game action that’s pretty entertaining as well!
So as you’re planning your disc golf travel schedule for 2022, include a swing through sunny San Diego to Goat Hill Park. This year we were snuggled in between the Dynamic Discs Open and the OTB Open, we’ll see where we slot in on the calendar next year!.