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Ryan Pickens Sharing the Six Tenets of FLOW in Disc Golf

$2,300 Raised for Black Mountain Home and WNCDGA

On June 3rd 2023 members of our DGDG team helped facilitate a fundraiser for the Black Mountain Home for Kids where we designed and installed an 18 hole disc golf course over the last several years. We would like to acknowledge and give thanks to our Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association Member Traci DiBlasio who spearheaded this entire fundraiser. Through her efforts along with several other Ladies of the WNCDGA, $2,300 dollars was raised and donated to both Black Mountain Home and to the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association each receiving a half of the proceeds raised. Ryan Pickens of the DGDG team facilitated a free putting clinic that also covered 6 of the core tenets for learning to create FLOW in disc golf – what Ricky Wysocki calls his Black Out Mode. After the clinic, a best shot doubles round was started with a full field that ended with two teams tying for the lead at 13 under par. Awards and an excellent raffle with all sorts of prices wrapped up this awesome day. Thanks also goes out to Wicked Weed Brewing, Play it Again Sports, and the WNCDGA for donating a bunch of the prices.

This 18 hole disc golf course design that we created and helped install at Black Mountain Home has gotten some excellent reviews thus far. Currently the course is closed and not open to the public due to all the summer camps that are housed on site at the West Campus of Black Mountain Home where the course is located. However the course will likely reopen to the public after the labor day weekend and will remain open until Memorial day each year. Currently Black Mountain Home only wants the public to access the course on Tuesday’s from Labor Day till Memorial Day and there is a required $10 donation to play. Hopefully as time moves forward administration will allow more days to be open to public and the course will be advertised on popular disc golf apps and websites.

This pro bono project took several years to complete. We are grateful for all the members of the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association and Staff at Black Mountain Home who helped our DGDG team make sure the fairways were playable and baskets got installed. There is no doubt in our mind that the course will be an excellent amenity to the programming Black Mountain Home offers their clients. Plus the course will become yet another revenue stream for the not for profit who can also use the course to help market their important mission. If you are visiting WNC between September and late May, please make sure to check out this disc golf sanctuary. It is an amazing piece of property and the course is challenging while still being a lot of fun to play.

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