Sunday, March 25, 2012


I Just saw that par infinity is doing this up north and thought it could be great for us too!

great way to get very accurate handis and real ratings for our courses, and there is a discount for league members to get a pdga membership


Welcome to PDGA Sanctioned Leagues

— Kevin McCoy

You may already have some sort of local league play or ‘action’ in your area. We are going to make your league better by offering PDGA player ratings to the equation. Chuck and Roger’s rating system is arguably the most exciting part of being a member. It’s always fun to go online and see what your rounds end up being rated. Some area leagues offer pseudo ratings but PDGA leagues are going to offer official ratings that will actually affect your player rating. This is beneficial in many ways;

  • It gives players more rated rounds that equates to more accurate player ratings.
  • It will allow offering handicap events which are popular with recreational players.
  • It helps to determine which division is best suited for players.

I was involved in a very successful club in Tulsa and I really have a strong desire of wanting to help strengthen clubs and leagues. Giving something back to the club is essential to making the PDGA work for them. Here are some of the benefits the clubs will get out of the running leagues.

  • Special Promotional PDGA Membership Discounts
  • ½ of the $1 league fee stays with the league for course improvements, baskets, charities, etc.
  • Exposure and advertising for your league through

Here is how PDGA Sanctioned Leagues are going to work initially. The first phase for 2012 will roll out in March, once daylight savings kicks in. We are offering sessions of 6 to 10 weeks for your league. We are going to start out keeping it simple with basic singles play, but in later phases we will be able to offer other formats.

  • Anyone interested in becoming a league director can contact the PDGA and get a League Director package.
  • It will be a $25 PDGA sanctioning fee
  • The PDGA will provide the league director a League Director Spreadsheet.
  • The spreadsheet will be able to track the results of your league auto-magically.
  • Each league then is able to view results on the league page on

The spreadsheet the League Director will receive will be a simplified TD report in Excel spreadsheet format. It’s a very simple page that just tracks names and scores, for uploading to the PDGA website. And, for the more dedicated TD's that want to input more data it can be used to track more detailed stats like your Birdies, Bogies, wins, losses, etc.

We are keeping it simple at first to make sure we have the kinks worked out. Eventually we will be able to offer many different types of formats that you may be play at your local action.

  • Handicapped leagues
  • Global league where you can compete against players across your state or all over the world
  • Team leagues where teams will to play against other teams in a match play like system
  • We will even be able to offer Doubles leagues and Mulligans

So if you like this idea and want to see the PDGA grow, buy into this plan, and start a disc golf league in your area. I guarantee this is a great path for us to succeed. My belief for true growth of the PDGA is grassroots - the home town recreational players. There are a lot of players that may have family, job, and responsibilities at home that they can’t chase their disc golf dreams every weekend, but are just as competitive. The PDGA leagues are going to provide the platform for the home town hero’s to compare themselves to the big dawgs. Even if it’s just compared by a rating it will be a very beneficial way to build memberships and get more value out of your memberships.

— Kevin McCoy


  1. Auto-magically? Mulligans? Yeah, who the hell is this Kevin McCoy character? Oh, I get it Kevin McCoy is really Dirka or maybe Dirka's alter ego or maybe the Point Arena Dirka. Well, I vote for mulligans or at least one per round. I guess I am with Spartacus on this one...what are the real benefits except being able to see our scores on the PDGA website?


  2. okay so i see benefits in several ways
    i think getting player ratings and seeing how your rounds are rated would be really fun for new and old club members alike
    i think that we could establish a better handicapp system perhaps based on the results
    i think we could finally figure out what a 1000 rated round at the high school would be
    i think it would encourage many new golfers to come play our events
    the league events would not have to only be at the high school, they could be a series like the coast cup,
    i think the connection with the pdga would strengthen our club we get to advertise our club on the pdga website and promote our league
    and i think it is a good way to help the sport grow in general in our area

    so i see it as a very inexpensive way to add a lot to disc golf on the mendocino coast, but thats just me

  3. We want many more golfers to play our events?

  4. Really Jim? I am at a loss of words... I guess we do not see eye to eye on helping the sport I love grow.
    Just my saddened 2 pennies.

  5. That is a great ?? Jim. What does the club want? Is there any interest beyond maintaining and improving our local courses and getting together and throwing and having fun? cause i love all that stuff.
    I also like the idea of trying to promote disc golf because i think it is a great thing for people to do. I personally want more golfers to play in our events cause i like the idea of more competition and i like playing with different people. I also think that the more involvement we get out of the community the more likely we will get opportunities for course possibilities opening up. A good way to do that is more charitable stuff like the icebowl. Its the main reason i took on that mission, and by the strong support of the club i think i might of assumed we had similar goals.

    I thought it would be great to host a "c" tier tourney out here as a club maybe someday after we get a bunch of work done. Who knows maybe a nor cal series event way down the road. I know some others have had the same ideas.

    i would like to know what the club wants. More than just about the league idea. I do like the league idea for the reasons i mentioned earlier but if the clubs not on board im over it.
    But do we want more golfers at our events?

  6. My question was partly in jest, but I do think it is a good question. Don't be sad, Brodys! Look, one, and really both of our courses, are in various levels of jeopardy exactly because of greater numbers, and the consequent difficulty of reining in people's partying on the courses. As someone who has fought to preserve the Mendo course for so long, to the point that the whole experience is much less fun for me than it used to be, yeah, I wonder whether greater numbers is a smart goal or not. As the numbers have grown, we've also seen things we never saw before, like members wanting to fight each other, courses crammed with people, flower boxes planted in tee boxes, and courses vandalized by students. Sorry, but I'm not seeing how bigger is better. I know this is anathema to the constant drumbeat every sport seems to have to "grow the game". But personally, I would like to see better people at our courses, not more people.


  7. well thats jims opinion... anyone else have anything to add. i would love to hear some other feedback