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Lost & Found / Keys found at Chain Reaction for Rio (West Park)
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:02:42 PM »
Some keys were turned into me at the tournament. If you lost a set at West Park during the tournament on 6/15, come see me at the shop - Aces and Chains

Lost & Found / Chair left behind at Chain Reaction for Rio
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:01:50 PM »
If you left your chair, come see me at the shop - Aces and Chains

Lost & Found / Phone found at Channahon 6/19
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:00:54 PM »
Customer dropped off a phone he found at Channahon today. If you lost one recently, stop in to the shop to see if it's yours.

Courses / West Park "clean up" day - June 8th @ 10am
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:15:52 PM »
I will be doing some prep work at West Park this Saturday for the Chain Reaction for Rio tournament on June 15th. I'll be there from 10am until everything is done. If anyone would like to help out, it would be much appreciated!

I need to mow the green for hole 8A (I have a beater lawn mower that I'll bring), and re-set the steps down to hole 10.

We may find other things that need to be done once we get out there, but those are the two most important things.

Donations/Sponsors list:

1.) Frank Grimes - $50
2.) Sooper Lube, 1111 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 2 Free Oil Changes
3.) Barolo Restaurant, 2765 Black Road, Joliet - $25 Gift Certificate
4.) Fade Gear - 4 Fade Gear Crunch Bags!
5.) Tobacco and Cigars - 3189 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 2 E-Cigarettes (approx $20)
6.) Mimi's Cafe - 2656 Show Place Drive (off 59), Naperville - 3 Dozen muffins
7.) Innova - 3 Champion Shark 3's
8.) Bakers Square - 2211 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - $100 in Gift Cards!
9.) Aces and Chains - 1706 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 2 10th Anniversary Buzzz's
10.) Mr. Sub - 1507 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 3 $25 gift cards!
11.) Latitude 64 & Westside Discs - 5 new discs! (Gold Stag, Gold Tursas, Gold Fury, Gold Stilleto, & a Gold Underworld)
12.) Discraft - Nice CTP package including Discraft bag, Towel, Rapid Dry Perf shirt, Supercolor "CTP winner" Buzzz and Supercolor Mini.
13.) Aurelio's Pizza - 3101 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 2 $10 gift cards.
14.) Jel Sert (& Randy Moore Sr.) - Two very nice Jel Sert kits & a Pro Wraith
15.) Discount Tire - 1719 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 17 coupons for a $50 Prepaid Visa with the purchase of 4 tires or 4 wheels.
16.) McDonalds - 1515 W. Jefferson St., Joliet - 10 Free Extra Value Meals

One day C-Tier PDGA sanctioned tournament.

This is the day before Fathers Day. All Dads who sign up will have a special CTP setup just for them.

Two 27 hole rounds at Westpark. Westpark is one of the most popular courses in the Joliet area. Hole 2 is an easy shot down from the top of the ridge to the basket below, while hole 11, The Green Mile, is a long shot with a fairway that narrows significantly from the halfway point to the pin. The course plays thru mature oaks. Tee pads are natural.

Pre-registration is HIGHLY encouraged. This is a one day only event, and very likely to fill. Plus, if you pre-register, it helps us run a smoother tournament. Even though I prefer pre-registration, there is NO Day of Fee for registration if spots are available.

Check in, and day of registration (if there are spots available) will be between 8-9am at the pavillion above hole 8. Registration ends promptly at 9. Players meeting at 9:15am and play begins after that.

TD Headquarters will be at the pavillion above hole 8. The pavillion is off Wheeler Ave. The map below is fully functional.


All divisions play on Saturday.

Base cost is $30 for Amateur divisions, and $55 for Pro divisions. Ace fund is $2 and CTP is $3. If you are not a current PDGA member, there is also a $10 charge that gets passed on to the PDGA. 

Leagues & Tourneys / Tournament Prep day at Highland on Friday morning
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:22:33 AM »
I will be going to Highland tomorrow morning (Friday) to do some prep work. If anyone would care to join me, I would appreciate any helping hands that show up.

Here is a short list of what I would like to get done:

1.) Shovel out the dirt and leaves that have built up on the stairways on 12, and especially 13. 15 looked fine, but I'd like to check hole 6's stairway too.

2.) Rake, or blow out the leaves along snake road so that OB is easy to determine on holes 6 and 12. If anyone has a gas powered leaf blower they could bring, that would really help.

3.) General garbage pickup through out the course. Special attention to holes 13-17. If you are out there practicing over the next two days, do me a favor and pick up a few cans or bottles as you walk. The whole disc golf community will be thankful for it.

I should be out there by 9am with my rake and shovel, and some garbage bags. If you are looking for me early, check by hole 13s stairway.

Leagues & Tourneys / First Flight - B-Tier - April 6th & 7th @ Highland
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:55:35 PM »
Aces and Chains is proud to present this B-Tier PDGA sanctioned tournament.

Two 18+ hole rounds at Highland Park, in Joliet, IL.

Highland Park is one of the toughest courses in the Joliet area. It is fast becoming a favorite with local tournament players. Playing thru a mostly wooded course, with shots requiring various shapes and lines, down into & over ravines, Thru young woods and old, with a high risk/reward ratio, it will test your mental and physical capabilities. Tee boxes are cement.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged. By pre-registering, you help us run a smoother tournament. Pre-register at http://www.acesandchains.com/node/790 or in person at the shop at 1706 W. Jefferson St. in Joliet.

If you Pre-register, you will get one tournament stamped disc of your choice from a large selection of tournament discs past and present, along with other goodies. Walk ups will receive an Aces and Chains gift card along with some goodies. It's definitely to your benefit to pre-register!

Day of Registration (if spots are available) and Check-In will be between 8am-9am both days. Please check in when you get there.

Players meeting will be held at 9:15am. Tee off at approx. 9:30am. Players will meet by the parking lot at tournament headquarters.

Tentative division schedule:


 All Am Masters divisions
 All Women's divisions
 All Jr.s


Pro Open
 All Open Masters

Tournament fee is $35, $2 Ace, $3 CTP, and $10 if you aren't a PDGA member, or aren't current on your membership. Pre-register at http://www.acesandchains.com/node/790 or in the shop at 1706 W. Jefferson St. in Joliet (right behind the Subway).

Leagues & Tourneys / 2013 Aces and Chains tournament schedule
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:38:39 PM »
We're happy to announce 5 tournaments this year, plus the annual AC Finals:

April 6th & 7th: First Flight   B-Tier   @Highland Park
April 20th: Fields of Green  @West Chicago
June 15th: Chain Reaction  @West Park
July 20th: The Shady Oaks Shootout  (in Streamwood)
Aug 24th & 25th: The Wild West   B-Tier    @West Park
Oct 5th & 6th: AC Finals  @ TBD

All tournaments are sanctioned except for the AC Finals. See www.acesandchains.com for more info as the year progresses. Pre-registration will go up in a few weeks or so.

Leagues & Tourneys / AC Finals results are in!
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:58:30 PM »
AC Finals

As a thank you to all of you who participated in one of our tournaments this year, we will be running the AC Finals tournament again this year. The cost is only $10 for Ams, $20 for Pros. The format is unique. Players are matched one on one against each other for a full round of golf. The winner advances, and the loser........doesn't. Players who advance are matched up against another advancing player until only one player is left in each division bracket. That player wins all the cash from that bracket.
8 Pro players, and 16 Amateur players from each of the four main Am divisions will play in the tournament. The tournament is by invitation only. Invitations are given out to the players with the most PDGA points from Aces and Chains tournaments this year. Pre-registration is not required, but it is the only way to hold a spot.
Initially, we will invite 16 Pros, 21 Advanced, 21 Intermediate, 20 Recreational, and 20 Novice players who will be eligible to pre-register. Once each bracket is full, no more registrations will be accepted for that division. Pre-registration is on a first come, first serve basis. So don't wait to pre-register if you get invited. There are more invitations than there are spots in the tournament. If we have spots left we will open it up to day of registration to anyone who played in one of our tournaments this year.
The winners of each division will have their names put on a perpetual trophy that will be displayed at the shop. Each year, the new winners will be added. Winners will also receive all the cash from their division. So, if the brackets fill, each winner will receive $160!

Rounds one and two will be at West Park, and the semi-final and final rounds will be at Highland.

Leagues & Tourneys / The Wild West - Spotter and helper needed
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:04:06 PM »
I could use a spotter or two for hole 11, which has been divided up into three islands. Having a spotter each day will speed play by helping the players determine if they are out of bounds, and where they went out at. Plus it should be fun watching how people attack the hole, and how many players go out of bounds.

I could also use one more helper at the table during pre-registration to hand out the player pack items.

If you can volunteer for either or both, please post here, or PM me with what day(s) you can do. Thanks!

Courses / West Park clean up day!
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:31:45 PM »
Sunday, August 19th, from 8am-12noon.

Please come out and help clean up West Park. Garbage bags and cooler with drinks will be available by the pavillion on hole 8. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. We're just looking to bag up as much trash off the course as possible. With a good group, it shouldn't take very long to do. We've arranged to have the park district pick up all the garbage bags on Monday.

We'll also be mowing the green for the first temp hole, and putting in all the OB lines for the tournament on the 25th and 26th. So, come out and help us clean up, and then you can practice the gauntlet of OBs from holes 6 thru 11. OB lines, tee boxes, and basket locations will also be marked for the 3 temp holes.

Leagues & Tourneys / The Wild West - Aug 25th & 26th
« on: August 06, 2012, 10:19:28 AM »
Am-B/Pro-C PDGA sanctioned tournament

Two 27 hole rounds at Westpark, in Joliet, IL. (3 temp holes)

Westpark is one of the most popular courses in the Joliet area. Hole 2 is an easy shot down from the top of the ridge to the basket below, while hole 11, The Green Mile, is a long shot with a fairway that narrows significantly from the halfway point to the pin. The course plays thru mature oaks. Tee pads are natural.

The current plan is to add the same 3 temp holes between 8 and 10 that we added for Chain Reaction. Each year, we will try to add something to put the "wild" in The Wild West. This year, we will be adding some unique OB lines from holes 6 thru 11, including the temp holes. The current plan is to change hole 11 (The Green Mile) into "Three Mile Island", a monster hole with an island green, and two large islands in the fairway forcing you to plan your landing spot.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged. By pre-registering, you help us run a smoother tournament. You can pre-register at the shop (1706 W. Jefferson St), or online at: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/791

Day of Registration (if spots are available) and Check-In will be between 8am-9am both days. Please check in when you get there. There will be no late fee for "day of" registration.

Players meeting will be held at 9:15am. Tee off at approx. 9:30am. Tournament headquarters will be in the pavillion above hole 8. The pavillion is off Wheeler Ave.

Tentative division schedule:


All Am Masters divisions
All Women's divisions
All Jr.s


Pro Open
All Open Masters

Tournament fee is $35 if you are a current PDGA member, or $45 if you are not a member. $2 Ace, and $3 CTP funds. And, if paying online, or in the shop by credit card, there is a $2 processing fee. All cash registrations do not pay the processing fee.

This is the last Aces and Chains PDGA Tournament of the year, and your last chance to add points to your total toward qualifying for the AC Finals.

Thank You's / Aaron Studer
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:55:39 AM »
I'd also like to give a special thanks to Aaron Studer for getting several hole sponsors for the Chain Reaction tournament. He got a sponsorship from Fast Printing of Joliet, and Lety's Bar. Thanks Aaron!

Fast Printing is where I get the posters printed at, and they are always on time with a quality product. Not to mention that the owner is a disc golfer.

Lety's - Go to Lety's bar and grill and say "it's 5 oclock somewhere" and get your second beer free.

Equipment / Blizzards melt!
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:39:44 AM »
It's ironic, but true. If you leave blizzard plastic in a hot car this summer, you will not be happy with the results. Blizzard plastic is effected by the heat more than most plastics. I have already had one customer who lost a few discs to the heat. The flight plates warped from the heat.

Keep your plastic safe in the trunk and it's less likely to get hot enough to warp. A side benefit is that thieves have less reason to break into your car (no discs in the back seat to steal)

Leagues & Tourneys / Chain Reaction - June 16th - Ams only B-Tier
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:02:12 PM »
B-Tier Amatuer Only Tournament at West Park on June 16th.

This event will be Pre-Registration ONLY. There will be no day of registration at the course. (This event will fill during pre-reg anyway.) Pre-Registration will close Thursday, June 14th at 7pm. Pre-register at: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/792

There will be no "check-in." Hole assignments will be posted on the Aces and Chains website by 5pm Friday (Probably earlier). Or check the leaderboard when you get to the course. First player on the card is responsible for picking up the scorecard.

No players meeting. OB is detailed below, and will also be on your scorecards. Any questions prior to the start of play, please see the TD, Patrick Johnson. The two minute warning (two blasts) will sound at 9am, and play will begin on a single horn blast at 9:02am. Players are responsible for getting to their tees on time for the start of play. Late players will be penalized according to the rules.


Water: Surrounded by water in the creek that runs by holes 1,2,3,5,11,15,16. If you are in the creek surrounded by water (regardless of what hole you are throwing), you are OB.

Pavement: Any pavement on, or around the course is OB. If the pavement has a cement curb and gutter, the cement curb and gutter are considered IN BOUNDS. This provides an easy to determine and definitive line for OB. This includes all paved paths (like hole 10) or unused parking lots (like hole 4).

Out of the park: If you are out of the park, you are OB. Over the fence on 2,4,6,& 8 is OB. Over the road on 13,16,17,18,19,21,22, & 24 is OB.

Hole 11: Over the creek to the left is OB.

Hole 21& 22: It is possible on both of these holes to be over the street and still in the park. However, to prevent any confusion, over the street on these two holes is STILL OB.

We'll probably add some temp holes as well, and when we get that solidified, I'll post it here.

This is a new format we are going to test at Chain Reaction. It should make for a more pleasant experience without the required check in (and long lines.)

TD Headquarters will be at the pavillion above hole 8. We will still be there in the morning, just like usual, to answer any questions, or handle any issues.

Tournament fee is $37 including the $2 online reg fee, + $10 if you are not a current PDGA member.

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