The Smithsonian Open presented by Innova Discs


(photo credit: Moises Escamilla)

Jefferson Georgia was the location for the first ever Smithsonian Open. The location was on the picturesque property known as Crow’s Lake. Set in North Georgia, Crow’s Lake has several bodies of water which are surrounded by rolling hills and natural beauty.

The back story for the first ever Smithsonian Open is interesting. Jefferson was one of only six cities in the nation to be chosen to host a traveling sports exhibit sponsored by The Smithsonian in 2017. The exhibit is called “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America.”

Tournament Director Craig Nettleship, Course Designer and Assistant Tournament Director Jason Laughinghouse, Beth Laughinghouse Director for Main Street Jefferson and the Crow family put on a great two day, three round event. 76 players from across the southeast battled each other and the grueling course. They faced the morning chill, a stiff breeze, and at times a light rain impressive cash prizes and trophies.

Winner of the Open division – Chris Dickerson sponsored by Prodigy Disc

(photo credit: Moises Escamilla)

Winner of the Women’s Open division – Jessica Hill sponsored by Innova Discs

(photo credit: Moises Escamilla)

You can see the full results at PDGA.com

Crow’s Lake was challenging and long with a great combination of open and wooded shots. There are elevation changes and several over water shots. On hole 15 is the signature hole island shot!

On more important note. Crow’s Lake was set up as a temporary course with baskets generously loaned at no cost by Innova Discs. Here is where your action is needed. The Crow family are looking for input from YOU. We encourage you to go to Crowslake.com and express you interest in Crow’s Lake becoming a permanent course. Act now and let’s see Crow’s Lake become a must-play part of disc golf in the southeast.