Peach City Classic returns to Clanton

Published 12:07 pm Friday, July 15, 2022

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The second annual Peach City Classic will be held at the Peach City Disc Golf Course in Clanton on July 30. (D.J. HINES | CONTRIBUTED)

By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

The Peach City Classic makes its return to Clanton on July 30 for its second annual event at the Peach City Disc Golf Course. The one-day, two-round C-Tier event will have 12 different player divisions and begin at 9 a.m. Advanced divisions for men and women, intermediate divisions for men and women, novice divisions for men and women and a recreational division will be available. Three amateur divisions for ages 40, 50 and 60 and up as well as a boys and girls junior division are the others available. All divisions cost $55 to sign up for besides the junior divisions which are a $45 fee. There is an additional $10 fee for players who register without a current Professional Disc Golf Association membership. There are still spots available to sign up.

“Even if this is their first time and (they) want to come out and experience an event they can definitely do that,” tournament director D.J. Hines said. “We would love to have them out.”

Check in for the event starts at 7:30 a.m., and players will pick up their players pack there as well that features new discs, clothes, a water bottle and more items to be added.

The Peach City Classic is also hosting a Just Peachy Doubles event on July 29 from 5:30-8 p.m. Players do not have to play in the Saturday event to play in the doubles event. The doubles event is $10 to enter and will have three divisions — advanced, recreation and mixed with teams of men and women.

“It is just a fun way to get people out there and get excited,” Hines said.

The Peach City Classic will have door prizes to give away from various businesses across Chilton County who donated goods for prizes. Mayor Jeff Mims will throw out the ceremonial first disc to begin the event.

Hines said he is still looking to have a coffee trailer at the event in the morning and a food truck to serve lunch for players. Hines is also in the process of tending to the course to make sure everything is in place for players coming through to play practice rounds. He will also begin painting the out of bounds lines and tee circles in preparation. Hines also thanked the city of Clanton for their help getting the course grass prepared, but he is still looking for other helping hands at event.

“We are always looking for volunteers or spotters for creeks and water potential, so we like to have spotters so they can help people spot their disc,” Hines said. “We always have something to give people if they help us out like disc golf swag and a meal voucher.”

Hines said he expects the tournament to be a well-attended one this year but understands some of the factors that maybe deter players from the event, such as the heat.

“We are just a one-day, two-round event. I played in one myself this summer already and it gets hot. Our course is really flat and shaded, so that helps. If we get between 50-55 people signed up to participate, I will be happy,” Hines said. “I will know that the people who did sign up are getting a really good players pack … As long as people come and they are happy, and they leave and say good, positive comments about it, I am going to be happy with it.”