The Konopiště Open is the first PDGA Major event to be held in Europe outside the Nordic countries. Stage of the event is the picturesque Konopiště castle park, which offers one of the most unique and memorable surroundings for a disc golf tournament. The tournament course, named Franz Ferdinand after the Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia who resided in the castle, is one of the longest and toughest courses in Europe.
The 2018 Konopiště open also features Konopiště Challenger event, geared for amateur players. Check here for more info about Konopiště Challenger!
Players attending the Konopiště Open will find the Konopiště Open 2018 Player’s Travel Guide very helpful. It features a ton of tips and some discount codes that will surely come in handy! Check it here…
- July 12th – 15th, Konopiště castle park, Benešov, Czech Republic
- 144 player field (128 MPO, 16 FPO)
- format: 4 rounds (one round per day), 50% cut for the final round
- 200€ ($250) entry fee
- Purse: 36 000€ (with full field)
Registration phases & schedule
- 1. MPO 970+, FPO 900+ –> February 12th 2018, 20.00 CET.
- 2. MPO 940+, FPO 870+ –> February 26th 2018, 20.00 CET.
- 3. MPO 900+, FPO 840+ –> March 12th 2018, 20.00 CET.
- 4. MPO 850+, FPO 800+ –> March 26th 2018, 20.00 CET.
- 5. MPO 850+, FPO 800+ –> April 26th 2018, 20.00 CET – no more MPO and FPO field quotas, spots reallocation.
- Wildcards: 10
- The registration ends on June 30th 2018, 20.00 CET.
Franz Ferdinand Course
The disc golf course in Konopiště castle park is one of the longest and toughest courses in Europe. It has hosted big tournaments in the previous years, such as Czech Disc Golf Championships, EuroTour and Disc Golf World Tour events.
For the first two years the events were hosted on a course designed by promoter Premysl Novak and the best Czech disc golf player Lukas Filandr. Before the 2015 EuroTour event Jussi Meresmaa tuned up the course. Total length increased to over 3 000 meters and the new par became 66. The course received further updates for the 2016 Disc Golf World Tour event when it was updated to it’s current par 67 and 3353 meters long layout.
The course is named after Franz Ferdinand – The Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia.
Here’s what Jussi Meresmaa has to say about the course: “This park is maybe the most beautiful area where I have designed a course. The layout is long but every hole offers its own kind of challenge and there is not a single hole that players would not be looking forward to play. There are several holes with hole-in-one potential as well as long par fives where you can shoot an 8 or an eagle depending on how you place your shots.”