That Peachtree Hills Golf Course plans to host a golf tournament in December isn’t out of the ordinary. Yet this isn’t the traditional game of golf one would find being played on fairways and greens.
The golf course in Spring Hope is holding its second annual disc golf tournament. The Open at Peachtree is set for Dec. 12, and is a pro-am part of the Professional Disc Golf Association schedule.
Scoring in disc golf is the same as golf, though it is played by throwing a disc. Courses can be found all over, often arranged into landscapes full of trees and obstacles.
As of Friday 52 competitors were signed up to compete, including two-time world champion Barry Schultz. Schultz, a Charlotte resident, won back-to-back national championships in 2003 and 2004.
Schultz is one of just six people to have more than one championship since the world championship tournament began in 1982. He won his second title by defeating Ken Climo, who has a leading 12 championships.
Both professional and amateur players will be represented at the event, with a cash prize for the champion of the pro bracket.
“This is a neat thing we started last year and was really successful,” said Zach Marks, who is on the board of directors at the course. “There is a group in Rocky Mount called Rocky Mount Disc Golf. They have memberships and they play different courses around Nash County and Wilson, and they wanted to have an event here.”
Peachtree Hills became involved when a few members were at the 9-hole course for a wedding in the summer of 2019. Marks went for the idea and it turned out to be successful.
“We had groups that traveled down to play and we had RVs in the parking lot,” Marks said.
Peachtree Hills proved to be the perfect landing spot for an event that strays from traditional golf. That’s because the board of directors went for something similar, too.
The course offers year-round fling golf, which Marks describes as a cross between golf and lacrosse. Aside from using different equipment which can be rented from the pro shop, the golf is the same. The regular course layout is used and scoring remains unchanged.
“All golf courses across America are trying to find ways to stay relevant,” Marks said. “Golf is a sport that interest waned when we were in a bit of recession as a country, and so we were looking for ways to stay relevant.”