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What Is Disc Golf?

Friday, November 15, 2019

You may have been to a park or local course and saw a person throwing what looks like a frisbee at a chained pole. It sounds a little weird but this person was just playing a sport known as disc golf. Disc golf gets confused with frisbee as it is also known as frisbee golf but is played much like traditional golf. However, instead of clubs and balls, players use flying discs. The objective of the game is to complete each hole with the fewest number of throws.

Game Play

The first shot is from a tee box usually concrete or sometimes dirt or gravel boxes are typically marked with signs showing the distance and location of the basket or par. The basket chains are connected to a pole and the chains are about 3 feet high to help stop the disc. After your first drive from the tee box, your next shots are played from the front of where you disk came to rest. Once a whole has completed scores are taken and it’s off to the next hole. Most courses have 9 to 18 holes.

Disks

Disks range from about 150g to 180g to choose from depending on the type of shot you need to make. A disk drive that is used for long shots has a sharper edge with a wide brim making it extremely fast. Professional disc golfers can do a driver over 400ft the mid-range disc has a more rounded edge and is used for shots from where on 60ft to 250ft. Discs for putting have a very blunt edge and is usually made of soft or plastic so they can stick in the chains better.

Techniques

You would think that a frontal stance would be the appropriate way to throw a disc, but disc golfers stand facing the side in opposition to where they are throwing just like regular golf. This allows them to utilize their whole body when throwing. The back-end is the most used kind of throw in disc golf but there are many other ways to throw including thumber and tomahawk.

Supplies

There’s no limit on the number of disks you can carry. Golfers carry anywhere from one or two disks usually a driver and a putter to over 20 desks. A variety of bags are used to carry discs including single straps, over the shoulder straps, and even carts.

Disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports mainly because it’s inexpensive and inclusive. It can be played by anyone from school age to old age. It’s also easy to learn without a ton of rules. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide as well as throughout the U.S. Visit the PDGA course directory to get the location of a course near you!

Hole In One, Shootout & Putting Distance Requirements

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great to give your golfers the chance to make a 2-yard putt for 1,000,000 dollars? Or how about a 10-yard hole in one? Decreasing the distance can increase any golfers’ chances of making a winning shot which is why we have rules in place in terms of allowable distance. Whether it’s a shootout, hole in one or putting contest, to be eligible for our golf contests, it needs to meet the minimum distance requirements. Each of our contests types has different requirements. They also vary for men and women. So to be clear, let’s see what is considered acceptable yardage for our contests. 

Hole in One Insurance Contests

In a hole in one contest, the minimum yardage required is 150 yards for men and 135 yards for women. If the hole you have selected is not quite at these numbers, most golf courses do have about ten years of extra space on their par 3’s which means that you can set the hole up to include that extra ten yards. Just move the hole back. If you are taking advantage of the free bonus prizes for your additional par 3 holes then there are different minimum hole requirements for that. In this case, there is a minimum yardage requirement of 130 yards for men and 115 for women. This type of bonus prize includes items like the Callaway irons, a smart TV or the roundtrip plane tickets for two.

Shootout Contests

For a shootout hole in one insurance contest, the yardage distance is a bit larger. This is because when you are conducting a shootout contest it is usually for a larger sum of money like $1,000,000. For men, the distance is 165 yards and for the women, it is 150 yards. Please also note that the shootout shot(s) do not need to occur on a par 3 hole. You can simply set-up the shot at least 165 yards out from the hole on a par 4. Many groups choose this option and place the shootout shot on the 9th or 18th hole because it allows those who are not taking the shot the ability to watch from the clubhouse or cocktail area.

Putting Contests

For our single putt contests, we offer two distance options only: either 40ft or 50 ft for men and women. For our progressive putting, the distance starts at 10ft then progresses to 30ft and 50ft. 

According to Golf Digest, golfers average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers. Even though golfers go the distance with their swing, we want to make sure our distance for a hole in one is fair and obtainable for all golfers whether amateur or pro. If you have any additional questions regarding the yardage requirements for our contests give us a call at 888-882-5440.

What’s In Your Golf Bag?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Are you new to the game of golf? Like most other sports, golf requires a bit of an investment upfront. The game relies on several pieces of equipment and it can be intimidating at first when you see all the options available. 

There are several essentials you will need in order to play golf. You should focus on getting these before anything else. There are other things that can be considered optional rather than must-have items. This guide will make it easy for you to identify what should go in your golf bag so you can play your next round in confidence. 

Here is what you need to get started:

Clubs

Golf clubs can be expensive and easily go into the four-figure range if you buy each club individually. Make it easy on yourself and buy a set. You can get a good set online for a few hundred dollars. This set should include the following clubs:

  • Irons
  • Fairway Woods
  • Driver
  • Putter

You may get some additional clubs, like hybrids, but if you have these four areas covered, you will be able to play a round of golf without any issues.

Balls

Balls come in all colors, styles, and price points. You do not have to get the most expensive balls with fancy futuristic materials used on the inside to play a round of golf. If you are new to golf, or even if you have been playing for decades, chances are that you will lose a good amount of them. The more you learn what your unique playing style is, the more refined you can become with the kind of balls you play golf with.

Tees

You are going to have to put your golf ball on a tee when you plan on using your clubs. Tees are mostly all the same besides being different heights. Depending on what club you will be using at any given time, you will need to use different tees. Short irons will usually require the least amount of height on a tee whereas drivers will need the most. You want to make sure you get the most loft and distance you can when using your clubs. 

If you want an easy way out of a situation where you would be getting tees with varying sizes, just buy tees that are longer. You can always press them down further into the ground if you do not need the additional height. 

Gloves

The last piece of equipment you should have in your bag, or even just on you for the entirety of the game, is a pair of golf gloves. You will have a better grip on your clubs and also avoid potential blisters. If you are playing in the mornings, they will also help keep your hands warm. Make sure to buy gloves that offer you a snug fit that is not too tight when you make a fist

These are the essential pieces of equipment you should have in your golf bag. With this gear, you are ready to head to the links and play a fun round of golf. 

Fun Ideas To Add To Your Fall Golf Tournament

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fall is a great season for golf. Leaves are falling, the heat of summer has passed, and many courses are enjoying some of their best playing conditions of the year. With that said, how do tournament directors take advantage of the season? Well, your next Fall Golf Classic or Tournament can get a boost of fun with this list of ideas. 

Halloween Themed Tournament

Are you looking for the perfect way to give your golfers no tricks and awesome treats? Consider hosting a Halloween themed tournament! Have your golfers dress up in their best Halloween costume. Even offer a prize for the best costume.

Spooky Night Golf

You can even add more of a challenge and spooky twist by playing golf in the dark. Yes, night golf has become pretty popular in recent years. Watch a video if you don’t believe us here

Autumn Foliage

Let nature do the job of decorating. The beautiful foliage alone will add a nice backdrop for your tournament.

Fun Fall Signage

Signs and banners are a critical element to any successful golf event. But since it’s fall, how about adding customized golf signage for your tournament? Our design team here at US Hole In One can create themed fall golf tournament signs and banners. Explore some of our standard templates here

Ready to add any of these ideas to your tournament? We would love to be able to assist you with signage or adding a hole in one contest to your tournament. To find out more information speak to one of our representatives at 888-882-5440 or email us at info@usholeinone.com.

Summer Recap Of Hole In One Winners!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

This year we have seen an overwhelming amount of hole in one winners. And every time we get a winner, it makes us remember why we do what we do. We love to see the golfers’ reactions after making a hole in one. We love making others happy and we love to help tournament directors hold a successful tournament. We love it when things work out, and they did for several golfers this year. So with that being said, we want to take some time and reflect on some of our most epic hole in one wins this year. Who knows, maybe your golfer can be next?

Memorable Wins

Many winners are still in-complete and total disbelief and their initial reactions were priceless. One of which was Brandon Mortensen who made a 165yd hole in one at the Tonaquint Golf Classic. You can see his reaction on our Youtube page. Who wouldn’t be excited winning $25,000 cash!

Other hole in one winners this year are as follows. You can see photos from their event on our Facebook page.

Winner: Heath Brown

Tournament: Helena Firefighters Association Golf Tournament

Location: Wallace Adams Golf Club in GA.

Prize: Two Round Trip Domestic Airline Tickets

Winner: Evan Sturm

Tournament: Butler University Event Classic

Location: Pebble Brook Golf Course

Prize: $11,000 Pebble Beach Vacation

Winner: Justin Hageman

Tournament: Heald Open

Prize: Set Of Callaway Irons

Winner: Sam Jirschele

Tournament: Fore The Kids event 

Prize: 2-Year Lease On A 2019 Ford Mustang Eco Boost

Winner: Orlando Guerra 

Location: Goliad Golf Course

Prize: $17,700 2019 Ford Ecosport

Winner: Gary Szelagowsk

Location: Homestead Golf Course

Prize: Airline Tickets

Winner: Rob Van Orsdol 

Tournament: Agri-Turf Distributing 4th Annual Malcolm Stack Charity Golf Tournament

Location: Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Prize: $10,000 Cash

Memorable Prizes

Even those tournaments that didn’t produce a hole in one winner, were successful in promoting some very cool prizes. We had the opportunity to be a part of the Genesis Open in Palisades, CA this year! Innocean sponsored a hole-in-one contest with us and gave golfers the chance to swing for a Genesis G70! Any golfer would have been happy to win such a sweet ride! And at the Farmers Insurance Open, amateur golfers had the chance to sink a hole-in-one. If they were successful, they would win a 2019 G70 3.3T Sport!

You can follow any new winners by following us on Facebook. If there are any winners that we missed, we apologize. Since there are so many, there is a possibility we may have overlooked a few or are still in the process of finalizing paperwork.

Do you want the same type of experience for your golfers? The year is not over yet! Check out our hole in one insurance promotions! 

Tips For Planning A Golf Tournament At The Last-Minute

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Planning a golf tournament is beneficial for so many reasons, even if you are planning it out at the last minute. You can still have a successful tournament. But since you are on a time crunch, it is essential to cut corners and shift your focus from overthinking to focusing on what matters. You’ll have to plan your event the same way you would if you had more time, but on a smaller scale. To help, here are some tips to help you plan your tournament at the last minute.

Effective Marketing

This is the most important part of planning your last-minute tournament. Drawing in golfers through effective marketing and promotions will make sure you get the number of registrations you desire. Tournament directors assume that they have to do it on their own, but they don’t. Take advantage of social media and post your event on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also use your mailing list to send or email flyers promoting your event.

Contests

Hole in one contests is a great way to bring excitement to your tournament. Since you are planning at the last minute, you want to be able to draw in as many golfers as you can. Offering cash prizes for a hole in one, longest-drive, shootout, closest to the pin, or putting contest will motivate anyone to play at your tournament. But the only way that this will be effective, is if you get insurance (US Hole In One insurance to be exact)! What good is promoting that you’ll give away $1,000,000 if you actually can’t afford to do so?

Get Professional Help

There will be additional details that you wouldn’t want to overlook. Help with signage, banners, freebies for golfers and more, are things to not shove under the rug. Having industry professionals like US Hole In One is key. We help thousands of tournaments each year with signage, contests, and freebies for golfers. Visit our website for details.

So what are you waiting for? You already waited till the last minute so go out and plan that tournament! If you need help, you can always contact our representatives at 888-882-5440 to help you plan your tournament today!

Are You Reaping All The Benefits Of Having Hole In One Insurance?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hole in one insurance is a benefit all in itself. The security that you get from knowing that your safe from paying for the prize amount if a lucky golfer makes an ace is the main reason why tournament directors choose to get coverage. However, purchasing hole in one insurance through US Hole In One gives our clients more reasons to purchase than just security from debt. There are more benefits that you may haven’t considered and we want to break them down for you below. 

Benefit #1: Prize Packages

When you get coverage through US Hole In One, we set you up with a prize package! This beats other companies that prefer you to sign on a dotted line and send you on your way. We want to make sure we give our customers the tools to have a successful event. Listed below is what’s included in a prize package. Keep in mind that you can upgrade your prize packages to Premium which allows for higher value prizes. 

    1. Hole In One Contest Prize Coverage for your choice of Grand Prize.
    2. Hole In One Contest Prize Coverage for Bonus Prizes at additional Par 3 holes
  • Free – Standard Prize Package
  • Sharp LED Smart Television
  • Set of Diablo Irons (3-PW) from Callaway Golf
  • Domestic Roundtrip Plane Tickets for Two (2)
  • Premium – Upgraded Prize Package
  • Apple Entertainment Package
  • Callaway Woods (1,3 & 5) and Irons (3-PW)
  • $750 Visa Gift Card

Benefit #2: Signage

There are countless benefits to featuring sponsor signs at your next golf tournament or outing. They are a great way to have participants connect with your sponsors. Our signs come in various sizes and can be customized with a logo or image, so they make a great opportunity to get creative when exhibiting your company. All of our prize packages comes with the following:

  1. Full-Color Contest Sign for your Grand Prize
  2. Full-Color Contest Signs for each Bonus Prize

Benefit #3: Freebies

When you purchase hole in one insurance from US Hole In One you will receive the following freebies for your golfers:

  1. A gift certificate to redeem for a free golf club for each and every golfer in your tournament courtesy of Warrior Golf.
  2. A $10 Worldwide Golf Promotional Card for every golfer in your event.

Benefit #4: Additional Perks

On top of the coverage, signage and freebies, we also provide additional perks to make getting insurance even more of a breeze:

  1. You will receive free shipping for your contest signs (if application is received at least 10 days before event). 

You can find even more benefits and reasons to add hole in one insurance to your tournament by giving us a call at 888-882-5440. We have a variety of contests, free giveaways and products for your golfers during your next tournament!

The Best Products For Tech Savvy Golfers

Sunday, July 21, 2019

We live in a world full of technological advances. Thanks to technology we have been able to organize our lives through our phones and even have self driving cars. So it should come as no surprise that golf has made a few leaps with technology as well. Golfers are now able to play golf in the comfort of their own homes digitally and even golf balls now contain chips to record a golfers distance and speed. We have highlighted a few promising products that seem perfect for the tech savvy golfer or any golfer that wants to find new ways to improve upon their skills. 

Game Golf

Golf Game is a comprehensive system designed to seamlessly capture and display your golf game in a dynamic interface with stats, trends and even gives golfers the ability to review and share your round of golf. You don’t have to manually enter information to keep track of your game. The system does it for you in the background, so you can worry about playing.

HoleN1 Golf Cell Phone Clip Holder and Training Aid

You heard of a selfie stick right? Well this is a selfie for golfers who want to get instant feedback on their swing. The HoleN1 Golf Cell Phone Clip can be used to record your swing, and then immediately review every detail… alignment, foot movement, swing path, and contact.

Everybody’s Golf VR – PlayStation VR

Step on to the course like never before in the incredibly immersive Everybody’s Golf VR experience! You can practice your putting on the green or tee off at the driving range to perfect your swing. And did we mention that you don’t have to leave home?

Crestgolf Golf Putter Plane Laser Sight Golf Training

No need to use elevated string ties, or chalk lines. Lasers have stepped in to make practicing your putting skills easier. The Crest Golf Putter easily attaches to all putters and give a laser guide line during your putt to check your putting plane. Who knew that laser precision could increase your putting precision?

Prazza Radar Golf Ball Finder

Prazza is a golf ball finder that works from up to 100 meters! It’s a great way to save money from purchasing golf balls every time you hit the course. You can know have a golf ball for life. 

So are you ready to improve your game or just have fun with any of the above gadgets? And how do you see golf adjusting to keep up with future tech trends? Are flying caddies next?

 

Why Golfers Are Now Seeking Hole In One Insurance

Sunday, July 7, 2019

We recently came across an interesting blog from Priceonomics who wrote about how more golfers are getting hole in one insurance for financial protection after their big win. For those who are not familiar with standard hole in one insurance, it has been a common purchase for golf tournaments who want to cover their prize value if a lucky golfer manages to sink an ace. In the same way, golfers want to now cover paying for drinks and other extravagant activities that people assume they can afford after making a hole in one. 

People usually purchase hole in one for unlucky events, but in this case, golfers are seeking protection from unusual good luck. It has been a hole in one tradition for the acer to buy drinks for the entire clubhouse (for some, this isn’t a cheap buy). And it doesn’t stop at drinks, the blog also states how someone was one of 200 people invited on a dinner cruise by someone celebrating a hole in one. Think about it this way. Winning a hole in one has become similar to someone winning the lottery. After someone wins the lottery, you will get people showing up at your door from all over. Some you have never even met before. But your win for most, makes you feel obligated to give back. Golfers are waiving those costs with premiums from some firms that can cost them as little as $3. Yes, this is actually real.

Some golf clubs see this flaw in tradition and have adjusted their system in favor of the lucky winner. As stated in the New York Times, one San Francisco club include covering $250 worth of drinks to celebrate any hole in one, while a similar system at a club in Bremerton, Washington, gives pro shop and food and beverage credit to the lucky golfer. This gives the golfer the chose to share or not.

Making a hole in one should be celebrated, but do you think the traditions surrounding it have become financially impractical? And for some winners, the prize is not cash, it could be a trip, vacation or TV. If that’s the case, do you think an average person afford to cover rounds for the whole club? 

But if you are looking for standard hole in one insurance for your golf tournament you have come to the right place. Even if you can’t protect them from paying for drinks, you can at least make sure they get paid if they do make one. Check out our website for details. 

Save With Our Referral Partnership Program

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

If you think playing golf is tough, how about operating a golf course? U.S. golf courses and country clubs rely on their memberships and relationships with targeted groups to bring in profits. One of those important relationships is with tournament directors. Golf courses partner with tournament directors every year so we understand that having a good-standing with them is key to ensure they come back year after year.

To help you keep a good connection with your tournament directors or to help you find new ties, we have a Referral Agreement Program to give your directors some much needed savings. How it works is simple. If a golf course signs a referral agreement with our company, those courses will be able to offer tournament directors 10% off their hole in one purchase. This is an added boost in marketing your golf course and gives your course and lead over competition.

On top of that, our hole in one insurance has a low-price guarantee so we automatically offer the lowest price in comparison to our competitors. If you don’t believe us, check out our price quote calculator to get an automatic quote. If you want more information about our referral program, give us a call at 888-882-5440.