Inside Discs-n-Dabs, a cannabis-friendly disc golf tournament

Disc golf doesn’t attract as much attention or Saudi oil money as its button-up inspiration, but it’s a popular recreational sport. Known for its more relaxed atmosphere and cheaper green fees, disc golf has been part of a tournament with a twist since 2017 in Colorado.

“One dose per team per hole. No exceptions. »

These are the rules of Discs-n-Dabs explained by Ben Owens, who founded the tournament after smoking bowls and throwing Frisbees in college. After graduating, Owens founded CannaVenture, a cannabis-friendly outdoor group that organizes Discs-n-Dabs as well as potty-friendly hikes and camping trips. Cash and trophies are on the line during the tournament, but the competition is largely celebratory, Owens says, with live music, food, vendors and on-site campsites over the weekend. .

Ahead of the next Discs-n-Dabs gathering being held at a private course in Trinidad from September 2-5, we caught up with Owens to find out more about the event and why disc golf and cannabis are such a good mix.

West word: What is it about disc golf that attracts cannabis users and good vibes so much?

Ben Owens: Disc golf is a casual sport. Cannabis is a casual hobby. There is an obvious overlap here. But disc golf’s appeal to the cannabis and “good vibes” crowd goes beyond its relaxing nature.

Disc golf has an affordable entry point. You can pick up a few records at a local store for less than $50 — or cheaper, if you’re buying used. It’s beneficial if you’ve already spent most of your money on weed, like I did in college. Disc golf usually takes place on courses that are not as strictly regulated [as golf]. Private lessons are the exception, but with private land often comes more allowance, not less. This is advantageous for cannabis use, which is often prohibited in other facilities, such as gyms, courts or country clubs.

Disc golf is more about growing the sport than being the best. Sure, there’s competition – more and more with the trend towards professionalism – but casual gamers are welcoming and willing to help each other out, especially if you’re new to the sport, rather than being irritated that you delaying their game. It’s also easier to find a brightly colored disc when you’re baked than a small white ball (and even then, I usually lose a disc every tournament).

Disc golf is just as much a party as ball golf; it’s just a little dressy. There is no dress code – and you will see a wide variety of them. There is no beer cart, but you will see plenty of drinks. There is no elitism and there is a lot of pot. You are more likely to find another smoker than not.

What are the tournament rules?

One dab per team per hole. No exceptions. It’s in rounds of 18 – even though we went up to 22 –
for a total of two rounds, one per day.

There are three players per team and two to four teams per map. No ringtones. Each player must take six dabs. Players can size their own stamps, but they must visibly stamp according to the judgment of their map mates.

We have two divisions: Pro, [which competes for] a cash prize, a personalized glass trophy and notoriety; and enthusiasts, [which competes for] a personalized glass trophy and notoriety. These rules vary slightly for our doubles tournaments, as there are fewer players per team and the event takes place over a single day.

Does every player have to take at least one dab at any given time?

Yes, and our dashboards and rules reinforce this. Scorecards are laid out to indicate which team member takes a hit at which hole. And we rely on map mates to enforce this with each other, because failure to do so will give their opponents a competitive advantage.

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The next Discs-n-Dabs will take place on a private lesson in Trinidad from September 2-5.


Just tampons? No ripped bong?

As the name suggests, Discs-n-Dabs is definitely a concentrate-focused event. That said, we’ve tried to incorporate flower substitutions into the mix before, like a solo smoked joint instead of that player’s dab, but we ended up just focusing on dabs and concentrates for three reasons. This ensures consistency, since everyone is stamping. It reduces the risk of fire, as the lack of combustion is enormous during fire bans and high fire risk seasons. And it focuses on a specific category of cannabis-using disc golfers and caters to their interests rather than trying to be a catch-all event for all cannabis users and disc golf enthusiasts. This way we can better serve our niche and organize a suitable event accordingly.
So you need one dab per team and per hole. What kind of strategies have you seen this lead to?

More often than not, teams look at this requirement and laugh, deciding that everyone on the team is going to dab on every hole, or eighteen dabs per person per round. Not all teams complete this admirable attempt.

The second most common is a “lunch break”, which most teams take halfway through their rounds – and dabs – to satisfy their cravings and fuel up for the rest of the tournament; dabbing excessively while hiking in the mountains and across acres will take its toll.

How does the quality of gameplay change after a few holes? Frisbees still flying on target?

Drinking level affects each player differently, similar to beer and beer pong. Some players get better the more touches they take, and we certainly saw some birdies on later holes. And some players get worse, losing more discs with each successive buffer.

What else happens at the tournament? Looks like you have some other fun stuff planned too.

Every year we try to add more to the event than the tournament alone, and this year is no different.

Both tournament nights will feature live music from Tonewood Stringband, Rubedo, Random Temple and Ducky Burl Kramer. We will also have vendors set up on site to showcase their licensed products and sell non-cannabis products like records, merchandise and artwork. Until the regulations change, we are unable to allow the sale of cannabis on site, but there are always plenty of dabs to take and flowers to smoke, as attendees prepare.

Additionally, we hold our annual charity raffle to benefit our non-profit partner Wilderness on Wheels, which has raised thousands of dollars to help keep nature accessible to people of all abilities.

What else does CannaVenture have in the works this year?

If you’ve ever followed our cannabis adventures, you’ll know that CannaVenture organizes more than just disc golf events, including our free monthly walks and our infamous summer camp. Our next hike will be on August 21 with Chef Roilty, and early entrants will also win goodie bags. We always welcome new and familiar faces on these hikes, and this easy outing in Morrison is the perfect opportunity to do another hike this summer.

Plus, as we work to bring Camp CannaVenture back next summer, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve secured a private disc golf course outside of Detroit for our second Discs-n-Dabs: Mitten Edition. , which will take place on Memorial Day weekend 2023 .

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