Originally Posted by jeverett
Out of curiosity, what are the rules for the mulligans the first round going to be? i.e. Can you go get your errant throw/disc to re-tee? Or do you need to throw one of your remaining two discs? If not, that'll make using mulligans pretty rough the first round (as I'm guessing most players will be bringing a fairway, a mid, and a putter).. but otherwise it'll possibly slow the pace of play a bit.
It's a great question, and I'll go over this at the player's meeting. When I was thinking up ways to raise more money and have a fun format, I did not think this part through, but I believe it will work out nicely.
Because speed of play is going to be an issue, players will NOT be allowed to retrieve discs that go OB or for mulligans during the three disc round, unless
they are out of discs. In other words, if all three of your discs go OB, or if you want to use a third mulligan on a hole, you may then retrieve a disc. When I say you may not retrieve your disc, I mean you may not retrieve it for your next throw and slow down the play. Obviously, you may retrieve your disc as play continues.
Mulligans are for tee-shots only, and must be declared and taken immediately following your throw - so no running down to get your disc and telling someone else to tee-off, either.
This does make mulligans somewhat less tempting during the three disc round, but it also makes them more strategic, because the course is going to be set up as short as possible (some short position collars are broken). So, you may want to save your mulligans for those holes where a mid-range or a putter is a good choice from the tee and can still yield a birdie. Of course, a stroke is a stroke, and if your tee shot is OB or just terrible, you'll probably still be able to salvage a three with good use of a mulligan, even if it means throwing a mid-range.
There's a little room for error here, as it may come up that someone throws OB during play, and could easily retrieve the disc without really slowing things down, but I think for consistency we'll have to have one interpretation. Since this is a fundraiser and more about coming together to have fun, do something positive for the community, and raise the profile of disc golf in our area, I am hoping we all act accordingly and it's not an issue.
By the way, during the three disc round, if you lose a disc you may not replace it. If you lose one, you play with two; if you lose two, you play with one. And I'm really hoping no one loses three.
It seems unlikely.