It is that time of year where the seasonal disc golf courses will start to close. The course at Johnson Park in Maple Bluff is now closed until next spring. We will attempt to update our Course Openings / Closings page as we receive information from the various parks agencies. Contact us via email or Facebook if you are aware of a closure that we have not posted. In the meantime, get out and enjoy the fall weather while you can!
The Mad City Open will be held this weekend, August 23rd-24th. The MCO is a PDGA Super Tour (A-Tier) event, and we expect over 250 players to compete. The Vallarta-Ast (Token Creek), Capital Springs (Lake Farm), Hiestand Park, and Bird's Ruins disc golf courses are all reserved for the tournament and will be closed to public play as follows:
On Saturday, all four courses will be closed until the completion of the second round of the tournament (approximately 5:00 PM). However, holes 19-27 at Vallarta-Ast will be open all day Saturday (please park near shelter #5, by holes 25-27).
On Sunday, Capital Springs, Hiestand, and Bird's Ruins will be closed until the completion of the third round of the tournament (approximately 1:00 PM). All 27 holes at Vallarta-Ast will be used for the tournament on Sunday and closed to public play until approximately 5:00 PM.
All times are approximate, and will be dependent on weather and other factors. Please do not play any of the courses until you can confirm that tournament play is completed for the day. Spectators are welcome to come watch the tournament at all times at all courses. The top players will be finishing their tournament on Holes 19-27 at Vallarta-Ast on Sunday afternoon, which is a great place to see the action.
Please note that other area courses will be open for play all weekend, such as Elver Park, Stoughton, Maple Bluff, Waterloo, Watertown, Evansville, Edgerton, Exeter, Portage, Beaver Dam, Waupun, Horicon, Lodi, Prairie du Sac, Arena, Baraboo, Cambridge, Milton, Janesville, etc. If you're not going to join us at the Mad City Open, this may be a great time to check out a course you haven't played before.
We thank you for your cooperation in allowing us to host one of the premier disc golf tournaments in the Midwest.
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The disc golf course at Elver is now open. To the best of our knowledge, the improvements to #8, 9, 14, and 16 are not complete yet, so please stay off areas that are under construction. We will provide updates as we get any news from the City.
The weather looks great for tomorrow's Spring Kickoff at Vallarta-Ast (Token Creek). Registration for $5 random-draw doubles starts at 9:00 AM, and you must be registered by 9:45 to play. Cost to join the club is $15, which gets you a bag tag and lunch from Ian's Pizza, and supports our club's events and activities throughout the year. You can join the club without playing doubles, but must be a club member to participate in doubles and lunch.
As a reminder, we will be selling Dane County Disc Golf Permits on site for $48 (cash or check only). You do not need a permit to play tomorrow, but if you plan on playing Vallarta-Ast and Capital Springs more than six days the rest of this year (that's only once per month), the annual permit is the way to go. Support the club and County's courses by purchasing your permit at the Kickoff!
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.