Frequently Asked Disc Golf Tournament Questions

  1. When do I need to arrive?
  2. What should I expect at a Dynamic Discs Tournament?
  3. Do I have to register online?
  4. Can I call in or email to have a spot reserved and then pay cash the morning of the event?
  5. What can I win?
  6. What is the difference between a professional and an amateur?
  7. What division should I play in?
  8. Do I have to be a PDGA member to play?
  9. What percentage collect cash or prizes?
  10. How does "trophy only" work?
  11. What is a player's package?
  12. What happens if I need to leave the tournament before the awards ceremony and I cashed?
  13. How long does a tournament last?
  14. Who will I play with?
  15. What course will I be starting on?
  16. How many players need to be in a division to have a division?
  17. What time is check in and the players meeting?
  18. Will Dynamic Discs have disc golf merchandise for sale at the tournament?
  19. Are food/beverages available?
  20. Are there always CTP, Ring of Fire, and/or longest drive competitions at the event?
  21. I've never played in a tournament. Will I be in trouble if I don't know the rules?
  22. Can I drink alcohol or smoke during a tournament?
  23. Can I bring my dog?
  24. Can I play music on an mp3 player or a smartphone during the round?
  25. Are there any good tournament etiquette videos I should watch prior to coming?
  26. Can I sign up for the tournament the day of play?
  27. Do you need sponsorship?
  28. If I cannot make it to the tournament but have signed up, can I get a refund?
  29. What is a mini? Do I have to use one?
  30. What is the flex start C-Tier all about?
  31. Where is the course located?
  32. What division should I play in?

  1. When do I need to arrive?

    We recommend arriving to the event at least 30 minutes prior to the player meeting to get checked in and receive your players package if available.

  2. What should I expect at a Dynamic Discs Tournament?

    Dynamic Discs takes pride in hosting some of the most consistent and quality run events in the country. We want to expose new players to the sport of disc golf and new players to the tournament scene. Our goal is to have you show up to the event excited and leave eager for the next one. Most events fill in advance through online registration so this is highly recommended if you want to ensure your spot. We start the players meeting on time to mention our sponsors, rules, announcements, and anything else that you should know. Most events start on time or within 5-10 minutes of the posted start time.

  3. Do I have to register online?

    We strongly recommend. Registration will remain open until the event is filled to capacity. We allow 90 players to a course at almost every event.

  4. Can I call in or email to have a spot reserved and then pay cash the morning of the event?

    We do not reserve spots for any reason.

  5. What can I win?

    The top 40-45% of the professional division will receive cash payout in the form of company check. 45-50% of the amateurs get paid out in the form of merchandise that can be redeemed at the tournament or through online voucher.

  6. What is the difference between a professional and an amateur?

    Professional players get paid out cash in the form of a company check. Amateur players receive merchandise as part of their payout.

  7. What division should I play in?

    If this is your first tournament to play in then we recommend the recreational or intermediate division. If you are a PDGA member then you must play in the division that suits your rating. To see the ratings guideline, click here.

  8. Do I have to be a PDGA member to play?

    You only have to be a PDGA member to play in A-Tier tournaments. If you are not a current PDGA member then there is a $10 fee that must be paid. To join the PDGA click here.

  9. What percentage collect cash or prizes?

    • 40-45% of each professional division
    • 45-50% of each amateur division

  10. How does trophy only work?

    Trophy only has been a popular choice for the recreational division and well received by the players. Bonus players packages are given out to each player in the division. The value of the package is more than the tournament entry. At the conclusion of the tournament, the top three players in the recreational division will receive a trophy.

  11. What is a player's package?

    At every DD event there is a players package for each amateur player. We rarely give out player packs to pro players but have at certain events due to sponsorship donations.

  12. What happens if I need to leave the tournament before the awards ceremony and I cashed?

    Please email us within a week of the tournament if we need to settle up with you.
    • Pro players: A friend can pick up your check or we can send it in the mail as long as we have an address on file.
    • Amateur players: A friend can pick up your merchandise payout at the conclusion of the event or we can email you an online voucher that can be used in our online store at DynamicDiscs.net.

  13. How long does the tournament last?

    The average tournament round takes 2.5 to 3 hours to play. Lunch is usually one hour from the time the last card is turned in and then another round of golf to follow. The awards ceremony and payout get started within 15 minutes of the last card being turned in for most events. The average event runs from an 8:30am player meeting to a 5:00pm awards ceremony.

  14. Who will I play with?

    You will compete and play with other players in the same division in almost every instance unless we have odd numbers. Each group will have 3-5 players. The first round is randomly sorted by the computer and the following rounds are shuffled according to previous round score(s).

  15. What course will I be starting on?

    This will be announced at the players meeting.

  16. How many players need to be in a division to have a division?

    Four players are needed to form any division except for juniors and women.

  17. What time is check in and the players meeting?

    At most events you can check in the Friday before the event at tournament headquarters all day long. You can also check in the day of the event before the player meeting. The player meeting is usually at 8:30am but you should refer to the tournament flyer for this information.

  18. Will Dynamic Discs have disc golf merchandise for sale at the tournament

    Dynamic Discs has the largest traveling disc golf store in the country. We have a huge selection of discs, apparel, and accessories. If you have a special request, send us an email and we will bring what you are asking for.

  19. Are food/beverages available?

    We usually do not have food or beverages available for sale. Steve-O Storrie & Sonic has been generous enough to sponsor water for most tournaments so we do have plenty of that available at no charge.

  20. Are there always CTP, Ring of Fire, and/or longest drive competitions at the event?

    We do our best to make sure and have CTP's at each event. Ring of Fire usually depends on whether we need additional time to handle the scoring. The long drive competition happens at the Glass Blown Open.

  21. I've never played in a tournament. Will I be in trouble if I don't know the rules?

    If this is your first event we recommend playing in the recreational division. Just let the players on your card know that you have never played in a tournament and need some help with the rules. You can also read the PDGA official rules of disc golf here.

  22. Can I drink alcohol or smoke during a tournament?

    The PDGA does not allow either during a tournament round.

  23. Can I bring my dog?

    No. If your dog is friendly, we'd be happy to have it leashed up around the RV during the round.

  24. Can I play music on an mp3 player or a smartphone during the round?

    You can listen to music through headphones during the round.

  25. Are there any good tournament etiquette videos I should watch prior to coming?

    The Dynamic Discs YouTube channel has a lot of great disc golf videos produced by CoolDaddySlickBreeze.

  26. Can I sign up for the tournament the day of play?

    Only if there are spots available. Don't plan on doing this in Texas!

  27. Do you need sponsorship?

    Sponsorship is always needed and appreciated. Please contact us with sponsorship opportunities.

  28. If I cannot make it to the tournament but have signed up, can I get a refund?

    Registrations can be refunded minus a $5 processing fee up until the week of the tournament or transferred to another event. Cancellations the week of the event will receive merchandise equivalent to the entry fee amount. Cancellations received the day of the event will receive the players package only.

  29. What is a mini? Do I have to use one?

    We recommend using a mini to mark your disc. Without a mini you are not allowed to use the same disc that you just threw on your next shot. The classic 'flip your disc' is not allowed in tournament play.

  30. What is the flex start C-Tier all about?

    The One Round Challenge is a flex start from 10am to 5pm. Players are only allowed to play one round. You must have at least 3 people to start your round but they do not have to be of the same division. This round will be PDGA sanctioned. There will be 100% payout for 40% of the professional divisions (cash payout) and 45% for the amateur divisions (merchandise payout).

  31. Where is the course located?

    You can search for any course by visiting the PDGA Course Directory or by visiting the Disc Golf Course Review Course Directory.

    If you have any other questions that you can't find an answer to on this page, please email us at events@dynamicdiscs.com.

  32. What division should I play in?

    All amateurs with the exception of aged based divisions, like Juniors or Masters and older, compete in divisions based on rating levels. You may not play in a lower division if your rating is above a certain number. Current Amateur divisional ratings lines are; Advanced if 935, Intermediate if less than 935, Recreational if less than 900, Novice if less than 850 and Am Women; Advanced Women if higher than 800, Intermediate Women if less than 800, Recreational Women if less than 750. In addition, there are ratings events where everyone – Ams and Pros – play in a division based on their rating. Players are always allowed to enter divisions even higher than their current rating, just never below.

    If you have never played in a PDGA Sanctioned Event and don't have a PDGA rating, ask a friend who has played in a PDGA Sanctioned Event.

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