We've received word from the City of Madison that the disc golf course at Hiestand Park is being installed today and should be open by the end of the day. Don't forget to buy your daily or annual permit! No specific date has been set to open Elver, but it is still likely at least a week away.
The Vallarta - Ast Disc Golf Course at Token Creek County Park is now open. The Capital Springs Disc Golf Course at Lake Farm County Park will be open at noon today. Remember, Dane County Disc Golf Permits (daily or annual) are required at both courses. Have a great weekend!
We continue to monitor course openings and closings throughout winter and spring.
Please visit our Course Openings / Closings page for the most comprehensive and up to-date information.
We ask that you PELASE stay off the courses that are closed. As the spring thaw begins, we are entering the muddiest season of the year. In the Midwest, we are held captive by the weather. We need dry, sunny days to get the ground firm enough for trucks to put the baskets back in the ground and support the foot traffic. Foot traffic when the ground is still soft creates erosion, which results in premature aging.
We can all do our part to keep the courses healthy, which includes waiting for the grounds to recover the winter melt and courses to safely reopen.
Check it out at www.MadCityOpen.org. All the details are there, and registration will open no later than April 1st.
The 22nd Mad City Open (MCO) is an annual disc golf event sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and Wisconsin Disc Golf Tour. This year’s event will be hosted by Mad City Disc Golf and its members. The event will be held on Saturday 8/23 through Sunday 8/24 at parks in and around Madison - Capital Springs, Hiestand, Bird's Ruins, and Vallarta-Ast.
The Mad City Open is a PDGA sanctioned A-tier event. PDGA membership is required to participated in the event.
Due to its popularity, the MCO typically draws a handful of current and past world champions each year. These types of professionals provide a level of competition that draws spectators of all sorts -- recreational disc golfers, beginners, children and community members. If you don't plan on participating in the event, we strongly encourage you to join us as a spectator!
The disc golf course at Hiestand is now closed for the winter. Here is the text of an email we received today from the Parks Dept:
"Due to the “relatively speaking” warm rain forecasted over the next 36 hours followed by the quick and deep drop in temps we are now out pulling the baskets at Hiestand Golf Course due to concerns over turf conditions and our ability to remove the baskets once that rainwater freezes them in as the temps plummet. We will return the baskets as soon as ground conditions are favorable in the spring. Thanks to all for a great 2013 Disc Golf season."
They also said that they cleared leaves from, aerated, seeded, and fertilized a substantial portion of the course. So, hopefully, this is a good step towards improved turf conditions.
The disc golf course at Elver Park is now closed for the season. As with the other local courses, it typically reopens around May 1st.
The two Dane County disc golf courses, Vallarta-Ast at Token Creek and Capital Springs, are now closed for the season. They typically reopen around May 1st.
To the best of our knowledge, the Dane County disc golf courses (Capital Springs and Vallarta-Ast @ Token Creek) will close for the season this Thursday, November 14th. Remember to check our Course Openings / Closings page for the latest information on the status of area courses.
At the MCDG board meeting last night, we awarded a $500 grant from the club's Course Fund to the City of Edgerton for the Edgerton Disc Golf Course at Old Racetrack Park. Thanks to Brian and Annie for coming up for the meeting, and for making this course happen! We've now donated $2800 to area communities for new courses since 2011. Thanks to everyone who has donated to the Course Fund for allowing us to make these grants.
The City of Madison is planning to close the disc golf course at Elver Park for the season on Monday, November 18th. The course, with a few changes, will reopen in the spring, typically around May 1st.