LAC DU FLAMBEAU—The 18th Annual Northwoods Open Disc Golf Tournament takes place at Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch in Lac du Flambeau over Labor Day weekend. Tournament Director and resort owner, Mike Cozzens, expects a full capacity field of some 220 golfers to descend upon his world-renowned, 27-hole course.
“The Northwoods Open continues to be one of the most popular disc golf tournaments in the state,” said Cozzens. “Every year we have players on a waiting list—particularly in the professional and advanced divisions.”
Competition takes place over two days and players are grouped according to skill or division. Divisions range from Open (Professional) to Advanced, Intermediate, Recreational and Junior. Divisions are further designated by age and gender considerations.
“We’re expecting some big names in the sport,” Cozzens said, “including the current women’s world champion, Sarah Hokom, who took the crown in July.”
This year Cozzens is delighted to see a lot more local golfers signed up for the event. He attributes this to the increased popularity of the sport due in part to the 18-hole course at Brandy Park in Woodruff. “Throughout the summer Lakeland area kids and families have told us they played for the first time at Brandy, and like most eventual enthusiasts, when they learn about the Sandy Point course and our extensive pro shop, they find their way out to Squaw Lake.”
The Northwoods Open is a PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association)-sanction B-tier event. Entry fees range from $25 – $75 per person. All amateur division competitors will receive a tournament custom-stamped golf disc and a player package.
Cozzens says the Sandy Point course will be closed to the public for recreational play during the competition rounds on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2, but spectators are welcome.
Everyone is invited to attend the annual off-the-raft hole-in-one contest that takes place at the beach at Sandy Point on Saturday afternoon from 5:30-7:30pm. And a pick-your-partner doubles 18-hole GLOW round is also open to the public on Saturday evening. Sign-ups are at 8:30p.m. The cost is $20 per team. Bring your own partner or a partner will be assigned to you.
For more information about the Northwoods Open and Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch, visit www.sandypt.com or phone the resort at 715-588-3233.