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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 2016 player's pack included two ESP protos, a performance shirt and other cool gear valued at over $70! Get ready to run it!!
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Ace Race info for Players

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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.

Course layout:
Holes are generally between 180 and 250 feet (55 to 75 meters).

Entry fee: $30 (US), up to $45 (non-US)

Player package:
All 2016 players received two identical Discraft ESP prototype discs made especially for this year's Ace Race, plus a high performance wicking t-shirt, a premium disc golf towel, reuseable scorecard, SuperColor mini, and a vinyl sticker. The 2017 player pack will be announced later this year. 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 Discraft Ace Race is fun for everyone.

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.

Prize package:
2016 grand prize for each event was a Discraft merchandise package, including a bag, eight new discs and a Supercolor Buzzz trophy disc. Large events (150+ players, ask your TD!) will also 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.

More questions?
See our frequently asked questions.

2017 poster
the 2017 Discraft Ace Race

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.


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:

  • 2003: Breeze
  • 2004: Glide
  • 2005: Slipstream
  • 2006: Meteor
  • 2007: Impact
  • 2008: Nebula
  • 2009: Focus
  • 2010: Hornet
  • 2011: Zeppelin
  • 2012: Zombee
  • 2013: Mantis
  • 2014: Heat
  • 2015: Roach
  • 2016: Archer

  • 2017 Discraft Archer driver

    2017 Ace Race general event registration is open!

    Last year's event directors have had their opportunity to pre-register their 2017 events, now it's your turn! General registration to host a 2017 Ace Race is now open. Get ready to run it!

    Ace Race: Get Ready To Run It!

    What is Ace Race? Over 200,000 players have Ace Raced, and you should be next! 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.

    Latest additions to the 2017 event calendar:

    • Ames IA
    • Boardman OH
    • Nashville TN
    • Mount Pleasant MI
    • Mobile, AL
    • Perryville MO
    • North Bend OR
    • Emporia KS
    • Whitehall Township MI
    • Akron PA
    • Tannersville NY
    • Abilene TX
    • Battle Creek MI
    • Bridgman MI
    • Philadelphia PA
    • Gresham OR
    • Riverview MI
    • Pella IA
    • Monroe OR
    • Rogers AR
    • Melbourne FL
    • Painesville OH
    • Limerick ME
    • Fort Pierce FL
    • Ashford AL
    • Greenwood SC

    2016 Ace Race prototype disc is now the Archer

    2016 Ace Race prototype disc is now the Archer

    It's official! PDGA has approved the 2016 Ace Race prototype, and it has been renamed the Archer. All copies -- including your Ace Race proto version -- are now PDGA tournament legal. Look for Archer in durable Z plastic, in stores now!

    2016 Player Pack

    2016 Ace Race Player Pack

    In order to run it at Ace Race, you have to be properly geared up! The 2017 player pack will be announced later this year. Here's what last year's players received, a $74 vaule!

    • Two premium ESP line prototype discs
    • One high performance wicking t-shirt
    • One premium disc golf towel
    • One reusable scorecard
    • One mini marker disc
    • One vinyl sticker

    See what it's like

    How fun is Ace Race? The Hiawatha, IA club will show you!

    Turn Your Ace Race Into A SUPER EVENT

    Ace Race 2014: Bigger events get a bigger prize.

    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 are designated 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.

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