Truist Field Welcomes Charlotte Disc Golf
Disc golfers in uptown usually have to travel to the city outskirts to play a round. This weekend, disc golf came to them.
The newly named Truist Park, home of the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team, hosted an “Eat and Play” promotion this weekend, selling tickets for use of a temporary disc golf course within the confines of its fences.
The wide-open, twelve-hole course may not be the most difficult of challenges for disc golf veterans, but the unique location was quite a draw for those both new to the game as well as experienced players. The Charlotte Knights Business Development Manager Corey Bass said that they wanted to try to incorporate disc golf into the event, so they reached out to Another Round, a disc golf shop located in NoDa, and its owners Kyle Deck and Joseph Phillips, who have been actively engaged in the Charlotte disc golf scene since taking over the business in 2019. Another Round was excited at the opportunity to present their sport at the uptown venue.
Amid beautiful weather with Charlotte’s impressive skyline towering above the stadium, the immaculate field provided a fantastic backdrop to showcase disc golf to many who have never experienced the game, and allowed those that play often the chance to do so in a one-of-a-kind environment in front of social distancing spectators. It was a diverse group participating: old and young, men and women, parents and their kids. One eleven year-old even had his first ace, to the cheers of all nearby.
The limited disc golf reserved spots were almost all booked, and the participants had a blast. Kyle and Joseph had predicted a strong showing from the disc golf community, and the Knights were pleasantly surprised at the turnout. “We were definitely surprised at the interest,” Bass stated “We didn’t think it would fill as fast as it did.”
Both Bass and Deck mentioned that they are looking forward to partner disc golf at Truist field again soon, with possibly even a limited tournament at the location. Whatever comes next, this event was a fantastic success for everyone involved, and the disc golf community should be excited for the potential of future events in uptown.
– Steven Powers