Local disc golfers will enjoy a fun afternoon playing a great course while raising money for a good cause at Green Built Alliance’s third annual spring Disc Golf Fundraiser in May 2019. The tournament begins at noon Saturday, May 4 at Lake Julian Park’s 18-hole course in Arden. The event ends with an after party in the park’s pavilion with free food and beer for participants. The Lake Julian course is beautifully maintained for the public thanks to the hard work of the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association (WNCDGA), without whose support this fundraiser would not be possible. Asheville has a strong and vibrant network of disc golf enthusiasts, many of whom are also part of the green-building community and among Green Built Alliance’s membership. “Disc golf is a fun and simple way to enjoy a lifelong low-impact sport without burdening the environment or taxpayers,” said Raymond Thompson, tournament organizer and Green Built Alliance board member. “The courses are low impact and easily integrated into marginalized unattractive open spaces. The installation of disc golf courses in these marginalized areas ties our communities together and creates greater accessibility to nature, health and happiness for humanity. Disc golf is as green as it gets in our modern era.” Green Built Alliance first held the fundraiser in 2017, when a sell-out crowd of 80 people turned out to support the nonprofit and explore the then-brand-new 18-hole course at Lake Julian Park. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in this nonprofit tournament. Overseeing this year’s event is Tournament Director Thomas Williams, a long-time board member of the WNCDGA, who emphasizes the inherently accessible nature of disc golf. “I see people play at all ages, and you can play for your whole life,” he said. “I love the camaraderie, the low cost and just being out in the woods.” Registration is $25 per player. Along with free food and drinks, participants will receive a tournament-branded disc, and play for the opportunity to win a cash purse, tickets to LEAF Festival or the Biltmore Estate, among other prizes. All tournament proceeds will support Green Built Alliance’s community initiatives and resources.