The only European PDGA Major in 2016 is played at the beautiful Järva DiscGolfPark. The layout of the Masters course has been slightly modified from the 2014 tournament, with the previous hole 4 swapped to the much more challenging new hole 17. The Masters course has 18 holes and a total par of 63.
The Masters Course Map
The Story of Järva DiscGolfPark
Järva DGP is a world-class disc golf facility and also one of Stockholm’s largest and most attractive parks. Järva DGP is run by Mats Löf who has been an active disc golfer since 1979. Mats’s brother, landscape architect Jonas Löf, has also contributed greatly to the park’s development.
Järva DGP’s core is a 27 hole disc golf course with three varying pin positions on each hole. Seven of the holes have long & short tees. There’s even a separate six hole short hole course called Järva Junior DGP.
In the center lies Villa Albastro, where the reception, pro shop, kiosk and restaurant are located. The three permanent 9 hole loops start close from here.
The well-maintained park spans circa 30 hectares of diverse landscape. The maintenance is funded by course fees and sales. The grass on fairways is always cut 5 cm tall while roughs are 12 cm tall. All trees and bushes are groomed.
In 1994 Mats Löf got an idea to open and run a brand new kind of disc golf facility. A professionally run pay-to-play course with disc retail, café and a well-maintained course suitable for all players. The idea became real very soon, in May 1995, when the course was opened. At the time the course had 18 holes with two pin positions per hole. The course was set on the grounds of an old dump site that had been restored. Due to its history, the place was littered and there had been no maintenance since the dump site had been restored in the 70’s. In the early years the trees on the course were young and small but the area had many advantages in form of hilly and varying terrain. The course’s characteristic hills presented the greatest advantage – to build on elevation differences.
In 1996, Stockholm Discgolf Open (SDGO) was held in Järva and in 1998 the first US professional player, Ron Russell, visited the course. Year after year the SDGO kept growing and during the last five years the event attracted many professional players from different parts of the world, foremost from the USA. 2014 marked a new significant chapter in Järva’s history when PDGA Major European Masters was held on the course for the first time.
Course Photo Gallery
World Tour Event
21 Apr 2016
Field: 144 players
Format: 3 x 18 holes
WT Points: 750
Purse: $36,000 (with full field)
Winning share: TBA