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What if you could buy a new disc, or set of new discs, near the first tee of your local course? Would you do it?
It’s no longer a rhetorical question. In March, Omaha-based TeeBoxx installed its first automated retail center, or “pro shop in a Boxx” at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park in southwest Miami. Stocked with new discs from leading manufacturers, players, and those interested in trying the sport, are now able to stock up on the company’s “fly gear,” before hitting one of the park’s two 18-hole courses.
TeeBoxx has received a warm reception on the ground in Miami, and word is spreading fast through the disc golf community. TeeBoxx founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Aaron Martin, says TeeBoxx is a mission-driven organization and that proceeds from every purchase made at a local park go to help support the park, at a time when parks desperately need funding.
Martin says the driving idea behind the company is to act as a strategic revitalization partner for parks and courses. He explains the importance of the company’s private-public partnerships. “There’s self-interest here, in that these parks are literally our fields of play, but it’s bigger than disc sports. It’s about getting people to move and have fun.”
Martin, and partners Ross Brandt and Justin Cherry, has been inundated with requests for information since launching in March. It is a good problem for entrepreneurs to have, and the team is working hard to place their new automated pro shops at high traffic courses, and respond to all the interest pouring in from disc golf clubs, course architects, Parks & Rec departments, corporate events staff and from players around the globe.
TeeBoxx is active on Twitter and Facebook, and Martin is encouraged by the reactions from the community that he’s seeing there. Tuscaloosa Classic (@TTownClassic), for one, proactively wrote, “We’re ready for a @TeeBoxx here in Tuscaloosa. Two courses on the ground and two more on the way!”
TeeBoxx partners with interested parties at local Parks & Rec departments first and foremost, entrepreneurs, and retail companies governed by one of two programs based on specific geographic criteria. High traffic courses (or Premier Locations) that have more fund raising potential – being the priority in the companies business model – can choose to receive a TeeBoxx with nearly no upfront costs and a split in profits. All other locations have three and five-year leasing options making it affordable and available to any qualified party with good credit. Lessees can stock the TeeBoxx with their own inventory or buy from TeeBoxx at a competitive wholesale price. In either case, TeeBoxx provides the payment processing software, customer data, plus the legal and technical support, insurance and maintenance to make it all work seamlessly.
“A lot of people ask about security,” says Martin. It makes sense when you see what’s inside the TeeBoxx – rows of flying objects that want out! There’s no perfect solution he says, but the glass is shatterproof and the company’s second generation pro shop will feature a breach sensor that automatically drops a protective casing to safeguard the contents. Also, it helps that no cash is used in the transactions. TeeBoxxes also come loaded with a security camera, and alerts can be delivered by email or text.
“I’m certain we haven’t thought of everything, but we’re willing to learn as we go and grow the company by improving our service and our product at every turn,” says Martin.
In case you’re wondering you may have heard of these guys before. Brandt is a sponsored player on Team Vibram. Martin, until recently, was a sponsored player with Discraft. TeeBoxx plans to sponsor pro players in the future.
“We’re doing this because we love disc sports. It’s really the only way to go about launching a new company. It’s an all-encompassing pursuit,” says Martin.
TeeBoxx is a mission-driven company working to promote disc sports by providing the latest equipment at the point of play. TeeBoxx partners with Parks and Recreation Departments to help fund the parks where disc sports are played with a new and vital revenue stream. Customers can also purchase disc sports equipment and learn more about the disc golf, freestyle and ultimate at TeeBoxx.com.
Expecting a break in the weather, Volo Disc Sports is hosting the Jekyll & Hyde Classic disc golf tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, in Norfolk. The event is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) with a draw of players from several states. This is the third stop of the Volo Ocho disc golf tour across Nebraska this season. Two rounds of will be played at the River Run Disc Golf Cours in TaHaZouka Park on Saturday followed by a players party Michael’s Cantina. Sunday morning competition will continue with two rounds at Skyview Park Disc Golf Course.
$1,000 bonus has been added to the prize pay out to the professional divisions. Registration is available in person at TaHaZouka Park beginning at 7:30am on Saturday or in advance at volodiscsports.com. Cost ranges from $20 for players under 16 years of age in the amateur division to $60 for the Professional Open division. As a course preview a team doubles tournament is scheduled at Skyview Park on Friday, April 26, beginning at 4:00pm.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970′s and the course at Skyview Park was installed in 2002 followed by the River Run disc golf course at Taha Zouka Park. There are over 70 courses in Nebraska hosting over 40 tournaments. Players range in age from school age to seniors making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Because disc golf is so easy to learn no one is excluded. Beginners start with one or two discs costing as little as $12 each. Volo Disc Sports is an online disc sport retailer in Nebraska.
Volo Disc Sports
Tony Odem, Tour Manager
This colorful weather map of Nebraska with disc golf courses shows there is simply no where to avoid the cold. Week day leagues have been cancelled keeping putts in the garage. Will this help to bring May flowers?
How To Play Disc Golf
by Elijah Chisholm, circa 2005, age 10
Disc golf is a fun sport to play and easy too. You can play no matter how old you are, even in tournaments! There are many accessories for disc golf as well, such as bags to carry your discs, tools to get your disc out of water, and even portable baskets to practice with. Whether you’re competing in a tournament or just playing for fun, I’m sure you’ll enjoy disc golf. Before you play the game you need to know a few simple rules.
To play disc golf you will need at least one disc made for disc golf (similar to a catch frisbee, only heavier) and access to a disc golf course. Starting at the cement or dirt tee pad for hole one, throw the disc (make sure both feet are behind the edge of the tee) at the basket making sure is is the correct one. Most courses havea sign next to the tee that shows where the basket is, and if there are two baskets close together, you can look at the circle on top of the basket, which tells the number of the hole. If your disc does not make it into the basket on the first throw, then if you have one, place your marker disc (which fits in the palm of your hand) in front of your thrown disc You man run up to the mini (another name for the marker disc) for power from as far away as you want, just as long as you release the disc while your front foot is within 12 inches behind the mini. Keep repeating this step until your throwing disc is resting in teh basket. If the disc lands on top of the basket, it does not count. However, if the disc gets caught in the chains, it counts. Also, if you manage to wedge the disc between the bars [from the inside out], it counts, but you must retrieve it before it falls out. Once this is accomplished, find the tee for thole two and follow the same procedures as hole one. Continue playing like this for every hole, or until you wish to stop.
When playing in a group, after throwing from the tee, the person whose disc landed farthest away from the basket always gets the next throw. If your disc lands in water it is considered out of bounds and a penalty stroke is added. Here is an example: The player throws his second shot and it lands in a lake. He then takes his throw one meter straight out from the waterline and throws from there even if it puts him farther or closer to the basket. Since a penalty stroke is added, this would be his fourth shot instead of his third. If his disc gets caught up in a tree, the player throws from directly below the disc. To keep score, simply add up how many times you threw your disc plus any penalties. The lower the score, the better you did!
Although only one disc is needed to play, it is wise to carry at least 3 for many reasons. One reason is in case you lose some of them, and another is because different discs are meant to fly different lengths. For example the way you can tell these apart is by looking at the rim of the disc. The sharper it is, the farther it was meant to go. The third reason is that some discs have special abilities. Some can float on water, such as the dragon. Others turn right or left, such as the stratus (right) or the Xtra (left), and then there are some that are made to endure hitting trees. Even though drivers can weigh as little as 100 grams, most adults throw drivers that weigh about 170 grams! Depending on your age, you should throw discs that have a certain weight. If you are about 5, you can throw drivers that are around 130 grams, and if you are around 10, you can throw 150 to 160 gram drivers. Being 15 or older means you can throw 170 gram drivers, but that doesn’t mean you should. Remember, if can throw a 170 gram driver about 190 feet, then you could probably throw 150 gram driver about 210!
Follow these few rules (and some suggestions) and you will be getting good scores in no time! You will get better although it may not seem like it at first. Even though disc golf can be frustrating at times, you should always play for fun.