The Race Is On!
Each year, disc golfers from around the world gather at their local courses for one purpose: to throw aces! No putting, no approaching... just runnin' at the chains.
To add to the challenge and excitement, players all throw the same model disc: a brand new, never-seen-before Discraft prototype disc that is introduced each year especially for Ace Race. The 2014 player's pack includes two Z proto discs, a premium towel, Discraft hat and other cool gear valued at $65! Get ready to run it!!
Ace Race info for Players
August, September and October. Check the calendar for the Ace Race in your area... or run your own ace race! To run an event, see the TD info page.
Two rounds of 18 holes, one throw per hole per player.
Holes are generally between 180 and 250 feet (55 to 75 meters).
Entry fee: $25
A $65 value! The 2014 player pack includes two identical Discraft prototype discs made especially for this year's Ace Race, plus a premium Buzzz disc golf towel, Discraft classic sandwich cap, SuperColor mini, an Ace Race flying skull bag tag, one flying skull sticker and a PDGA membership discount coupon. All included with your entry fee!
Rules of play:
Players are required to use the player package discs, and only these discs. If a disc is lost, the player has the option of using the second disc from the package. Only one throw per player per hole. All players should have their own scorecards and mark "A" for aces (a hole-in-one) and "M" for holes on which they hit metal.
After all players in the group have thrown, discs are picked up and the group moves directly to the next tee. Players keep their scorecards for round two, using the next line on the card to record the round.
The player with the most aces after 36 holes is declared the winner. In case of ties, the number of metal hits is used as a tie breaker. If a tie persists, a closest to the pin contest is then used to determine the event winner.
2014 grand prize for each event is a Discraft merchandise package, including a bag, eight new discs and a Supercolor Buzzz trophy disc. Large events (150+ players, ask your TD!) will receive a CHAINSTAR BASKET as their grand prize! Events are also encouraged to offer an optional cash side pot for those who wish to participate, which is divided proportionally among the number of aces and/or metal hits.
To sign up:
Contact your local Ace Race Event Director from the calendar page.
See our frequently asked questions.
Each event receives three free posters. Additional copies are available (3 for $5) or you can download to print your own and/or customize for the Web.
2014 proto feedback
Michael Deeter, Hiawatha IA Ace Race TD: "This disc is awesome! It's got some awesome glide and the perfect amount of flex. It turns very slowly. In a tailwind or light wind, it will go forever. IMO, they are accurate by calling it a longer Avenger SS. I decided that this disc will be staying in my bag for a long time."
The history of the Ace Race prototype discs
Each year Ace Racers are the first players to ever throw a new Discraft prototype disc. These discs are always designed to be easy to throw and control. Only 2008's Nebula and 2011's Zeppelin have never been officially released outside of Ace Race. Here's the breakdown of the discs since our first year in 2003:
Photo of the Week
Expect added challenges at the Ace Race in Bergen, Norway. Note the pulley system for retrieval. Nice!
Join the fun and grow the sport! at an Ace Race event near you.
See what it's like
How fun is Ace Race? The Hiawatha, IA club will show you!
Ace Race: Get Ready To Run It!
What is Ace Race? It's a fun event that helps disc golf grow by introducing thousands of new players to the joys of the sport! Each participant gets a huge player pack of cool stuff, then everyone plays two rounds of disc golf, but instead of keeping score the only goal is to throw aces (also known as a hole-in-one)! Holes are shortened, and everyone is throwing the same disc: a brand new Discraft prototype disc that is easy to throw and developed just for the event. It's a blast!
How to be a player: Go to the event calendar page and zoom the map to your area to find the nearest ace race. Click that event's icon to find the city and date information, then scroll down the calendar page to that date and find the contact information for your local event.
How to be an event director: If you don't find a scheduled event in your area, you can host your own Ace Race! No previous experience as a Tournament Director is required. Ace Races are limited to one per community, so register your local event early. If you wait, someone could lock in the Ace Race in your town ahead of you. See the TD info page to learn more.
Final additions to the 2014 event calendar:
- Jamesville, NY
- Highlands Ranch, CO
- Pearl, MS
- Eubank, KY
- San Angelo, TX
- Laingsburg, MI
- Bridgewater, VA
- Scottsbluff, NE
- Forest City, IA
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Skien, NORWAY
- Bend, OR
- Nedenes, NORWAY
- Saint Augustine, FL
- Norman, OK
- Daegu, South Korea
- Woodruff, WI
- Abilene, TX
- Beaumont, TX
- Chili, NY
- Mount Vernon, MO
- Houghton, MI
- Great Falls, MT
- Kenosha, WI
2014 Player Pack
In order to run it at Ace Race, you have to be properly geared up! Here's your player pack:
A $65 value! All this is included when you play in your local Ace Race, so bring a friend and we'll see you soon!
- Two Z line prototype distance drivers
- One premium Buzzz disc golf towel
- One Discraft classic sandwich cap
- One mini marker disc
- One Ace Race flying skull bag tag
- One flying skull sticker
- One PDGA membership discount coupon
TESTERS WANTED: the 2014 prototype disc
We think it's the bomb, baby!
The general design goal was to make a small-rimmed distance driver that is as awesome and versitile as the popular Avenger SS, but get it moving farther and faster! Did we succeed? Find out soon at your local Ace Race!
- distance driver
- small rim
- beginner friendly
- your player pack copies will both be durable Z plastic
New Single Event Attendance Record:
Congrats to TD Mark Bailey and the Taylor Park Disc Golf Club of Largo, Florida for setting a new single event Ace Race attendance record! The massive event was held September 20th and hosted an amazing 360 players. Well run, friends!
New for 2014: Ace Race SUPER EVENTS
As a player, you know that a bigger event is WAY more fun. Time to kick it up a notch! Ace Race locations with 150+ players will now be known as Super Events and players will be competing for a Chainstar basket as the grand prize! Some restrictions apply, TDs will be provided with all details.
2014 Super Event locations include Becker MN, Oswego, IL, Canmore AB, Scottsdale AZ, Largo FL, St. Clair Shores MI, Brooklyn Park MN, Troy MI and Kansas City MO. This list will grow, so get ready to run it!
2013 Ace Race prototype disc is now the Mantis
It's official! PDGA has approved the 2013 Ace Race prototype, and it has been renamed the Mantis. All copies -- including the official Ace Race version -- are now PDGA tournament approved. Ask your disc golf retailer for Mantis in durable Z plastic.
Ace Race 2013, YOU DID IT!
Largest Event in the History of Disc Golf!
Congratulations Ace Racers: 2013 saw Ace Race become the largest disc golf event in the history of the sport! With 19,818 players participating in 397 global locations, Ace Race has eclipsed the World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend from it's height in the mid 1990's when it reported a turnout of 18,000 players at 200 locations. You. Are. AWESOME!
2013 totals (2012)
- Total worldwide events: 397 (347)
- Total participating players: 19,818 (15,601)
- Average players per event: 50 (45)
- Total countries represented: 14 (12)
- Largest event: Kansas City/Scott Reek: 300 (280)