Hastings will play host to amateur disc golf world championship
This summer, Hastings will host a world championship event at C.P. Adams Park.
“Hastings is one of the longer, more open courses that we’ll be using,” said Mike Snelson, tournament director.
There are more than 600 competitors from all across the nation signed up to participate in the event, and Snelson said he expects about 180 to 200 disc golfers to play through the C.P. Adams Park course each day. Players will rotate around the various courses, which are located in Hastings, Cottage Grove, Shakopee, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and South St. Paul. Finals will be held at Como Park July 26.The competition is spectator friendly, Snelson said. Maps will also be available with spectator areas marked where people can view a few holes at once. A list of registered competitors can be found online at www.pdga.com.The PDGA chose the Twin Cities to host the amateur world championships because of how popular disc golf is in Minnesota.“The Twin Cities have more courses per capita than anywhere else in the country,” Snelson said.“This is truly the hotbed of disc golf.”In Hastings, C.P. Adams Park will see some course changes leading up to the tournament. The park has already had significant renovations, including a paved parking lot, ponding basin, newly planted trees and a brand new resurfaced road to access it all by. Most of the course will stay as it is, Snelson said, but a few holes will have to be reconfigured.“We do have professional designers involved with making sure that the course is not necessarily just for the tournament, but for years in the future will be well taken care of,” he said.This Friday, registration for the tournament moves into its final stage, which allows extra spots to be filled by general PDGA members. Prior to this, the PDGA invited previous competitors to return who had participated in a certain number of tournaments and accrued so many points. As of June 13, registration opens to all amateur PDGA members and certified officials. Registration will close on July 11.For more information about the tournament, or for registration information, go to www.pdga.com.