The Wisconsin Disc Golf Tour
2016 Event Preview
Brad Wendt January 2016
Spring Opener has been set in the hands of Pandamonium owner Kevin Rynders. Panda has been around for a fist full of years establishing itself as a dependable vendor. Kevin has been directing tournaments also. He has earned the director role of WI Tours first stop at O’ Hauser DGC in Menasha. This course was used in 1998 Am Worlds and has recently gone through redesign. It will be nice having this course back on tour and welcoming Kevin to the tour.
Skyline Classic is just that. The Fox River Sanctuary provides a varied land scape course that keeps you on your toes. Our state PDGA Coordinator, Disc Golf Guy, Smash Box, IRO and Skyline products Terry Miller runs very efficient organized tournaments. Silver Lake offers great golf.
Prairie Open is played on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside West Course in Kenosha, WI. The Prairie Open has been an attractive event for over 200 players annually the past few years. Player fields have filled the past two years so make sure to register early! An event for ladies: the last three years has attracted 20+ female participants each year.
Standing Rocks Open Now in it’s 18th year, SRO features two challenging courses in a beautiful park The TD Randy “Platypus” Schukar thrives to entertain. You can expect great golf, food, beverage, extra game entertainment with the huge ski hill CTP contest and a class act tournament. Be forewarned, this event fills several weeks early.
Greater Milwaukee Open is one of the original WI Tour stops directed by Terry Miller. The Milwaukee stop has had a number of titles Milwaukee Open, Rumble Town to name a couple. It is always a cornerstone of the tour. Brown Deer Course can really get you if you lose your patience.
Tower Ridge Open has been a tour event since at least 2000. Troy Campbell and the Chippewa Valley Disc Golf Club made a resurgence last year almost filling the two 18 hole Tower Ridge courses. That Classic Course keeps getting harder.
Pickle Open had a revival last year with the event being taken over by the Sheboygan Eagles DGC lead by Brandon Ray Watson. The club created new buzz for one of the oldest and only WI declared ”Frisbee Sanctuary” by Steady Ed Headrick. Disc technology has come a long way since Pickle ran this event, but the classic Vollrath Park Course continues to produce very good players. This is an original WI Disc Golf Tour stop.
Mad City Open, another original stop, will be one of the A Tiers this year hoping to attract a strong field again. First time TD of this event will be a tandem couple Mel Bush and Brian Peck carrying on the Duster and Terry Hoffman team that created this stop. It has turned into a four course monster the last couple years. Wonder what shape it will take this year.
Fox Valley Open the 4th cornerstone original tour event takes place in Oshkosh again at Winnebago County Park. The 2 - 18 hole courses provide a nice variety of holes, including water, wind and great use of the park features. Bob Goyke has a great handle of this stop.
Zobal Open, a back to back stop with FVO run by Bob Goyke on the same weekend. The Zobal Course is a real disc golf test. A number of natural features make you golf. Hole 9 is a 90% nightmare. You must hit your landing zones and alleys to score. It really feels great if you can do that. If not enjoy the hike!
Legacy Discs Silver Cup XVI Pro Tour presented by Rollin Ridge is the crown jewel of this year’s WI Disc Golf Tour as it is also stop number 2 on the newly created “Disc Golf Pro Tour”. Split into a pro weekend and an am weekend, each is a player friendly stop featuring Rollin’ Ridge DGC, Silver Creek Park and Lower Cato Falls. This will be the strongest pro field seen in WI since 2007 PDGA Pro Worlds. Not only can you find most of the world’s top players, but the Friday thru Sunday festival will not only be player friendly but will cater to spectators with a variety of games, clinics, fireworks, vendors and just plain fun!
Don’t forget that the PDGA Amatuer World Championships take place in Madison the week of July 9 – 16 right after Silver Cup. Worlds is not a WI Disc Golf Tour stop but Wisconsin Disc Sports are a big ticket item this year.
3rd Annual Riverside Summer Open is a new addition to the WI Tour this year. Josh Hamm makes his comeback on this tour. Site of last year’s Finale the Riverside Park Course is ready for another player friendly event.
Summer Smackdown The Big Eau Pleine course looks tame but plays tough; kind of like Zobel without hills. Lanes and landing zones are very important, rewarding both power and precision.If that's not enticement enough, enter the Sky Ace contest by shooting at a basket suspended 50' up in a tree! Plenty of family-friendly activities on site or at Mosinee's Logjam festival. New this year: group camping site with limited electrical access at tourney central. Donation of $10 (no reservations needed) for group site only; individual sites in advance online via Wausau Marathon Co Parks.
Northwoods Open at Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch run by the longest tenured TD on this tour Mike Cozzens. The 27 hole tournament course is as classic as the resorts name. Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch just flows out of the mouth so poetically. The lake beach to peninsula hole is perhaps the most photogenic holes in WI. The only Ace run contest that the tee is a raft on Squaw Lake. If ever there is a vacation tournament, this is it.
Lake Superior Open Another new addition to the WI Tour. Perhaps the toughest most challenging two courses on this tour. Bryan Lagergren directs this A Tier from the ski chalet at the bottom of the Mont du Lac Ski Hill. A breath taking course with big hucks, big views and big woods ending with a fist full of water holes. The other course called White Cedar also has a collection of real hills in a beautiful forest. A creek running through parts of the course can cause havoc. Real golf means you need to be physically ready to give the mental game a chance. Camping and cabin rentals, bar with good food and beverage, and room for outdoor disc games under lights at night. If you have the energy this stop is a blast.
Justin Trails Open takes place in coulee country in the driftless area of WI. Come enjoy 2 contrasting courses the Classic and Big Brother. Big Brother requires lots of energy and patience as you wind up and down the coulee through beautiful woods. Join Josh Hamm as he directs this stop for gracious hosts Don and Donna Justin. Being the last point earning stop of the WI Disc Golf Tour there is often some great drama for players trying to either qualify for the Finale or win their division.
This tour offers every kind of course from mountain to flat land with par 70 challenges to short and technical. One day B Tier and two day A and B Tier as well as the Pro Tour. We have festival style stops and tidy come play no messing around be on your way tournaments. Our TD’s are top notch and vendors offer most every disc golf item you want. Please enjoy.
This year’s Finale will take place in Milwaukee.
Hope you qualify!