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2018 Idlewild Open: A Tale of Two Courses

​BURLINGTON, KY– Idlewild Disc Golf Course is consistently ranked among the best courses in the United States, and for good reasons. The challenging par-72 layout stretches every player to their limit and requires every available shot in any given player’s possession.
No, the 20 women and 114 men are not playing two separate courses this weekend, but with the design of the one they are, it certainly gives the impression and feel of different courses entirely. Though not evenly split, about half the holes feature wider fairways, and some water carries, and the other half are more densely-wooded shots where accuracy is vital. Don’t let the wide-open 640-ft hole 1 deceive you. In stark contrast to the Toboggan DGC at the last Pro Tour stop, don’t expect to see record-setting -18 rounds from the world’s finest disc golfers. A -18 may be the winning event score when the players emerge from the thick woods of Idlewild, but only after a hard-fought few rounds of play. This course is regarded as one of the most challenging courses to par on the entire tour so a -18 finish after three would be a feat all its own. Not even 2017 champion James Conrad was able to finish that well, and he played hot in the final round. Despite all that, the caliber of play and player has exponentially risen to the occasion this season, so still be on the lookout for top competition all weekend long.

Before the competition begins though, activities are aplenty, starting tonight. Just a stone’s throw from Idlewild at Mt. Airy Forest DGC, Discmania is hosting fantasy doubles. Registration is available through a link on Disc Golf Scene. Kid’s Disc Golf is continuing their Meet the Professionals event series here at Idlewild with a meet and greet hosted on Thursday. Pre-registration is required.  After the event’s conclusion on Monday, Nate Perkins and Discmania will host another round of doubles at Mt. Airy Forest DGC. Plenty of prizes are on the docket for the best teams. It’s shaping up to be a great week of disc golf fun at Idlewild.

ACE RUN: Perhaps the most tempting, yet tricky hole on the course is hole 11, a 192-ft tunnel shot. Will someone sink the elusive ace this weekend?

Last year, the weather struck early and often in the form of torrential rain and lightning. The first round saw an hour-long storm delay, which made for an even tougher round finish. This weekend, storms are in the forecast from Friday night onwards. Only round one on Friday is looking dry. The chance of multiple weather delays is high for this weekend, especially on moving day and Sunday. An already incredibly difficult course will be made more so if the forecasted intense rainfall happens.

Join us for live coverage at 2pm EST for an FPO recap with commentary and live MPO coverage. UDisc Live has all live stats and scores handled for this weekend, per usual. If you’re in the Ohio River Valley or greater Cincinnati area, be sure to carve out some time to walk the Idlewild Disc Golf Course and watch the pros tackle this challenging layout. Special thanks to our friends at Nati Disc Golf for putting on this stellar event. Stay with the Disc Golf Pro Tour for all updates, coverage, and tournament news for the 2018 Idlewild Open.

​Article Written by DGPT Staff Writer Evan Clay