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[Frisbeegolfmedia] Europe’s time to shine – “Superswing” of July 2024

By Charles McCracken
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This article was written by Lauri Alasaukko-oja, co-founder of Frisbeegolfmedia, a Finnish disc-golf-focused media outlet. 

For more news on disc golf in Europe and coverage of the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s European events, check out their website: frisbeegolfmedia.fi.

(photo) title image - Europe's time to shine - "Superswing" of July 2024 (bottom right). Plus, DGPT Europe and Frisbeegolfmedia logos (bottom left).

For U.S. fans and players, the 2024 season has already started, with 5 DGPT World Standings points events already in the books. However, from a European point of view, spring has barely started, and the first big local event of the season is just starting to come into view. The European disc golf community is eagerly waiting for the DGPT Europe season to start with the first DGPT Tournament (formerly called “DGPT Elite” events) in Denmark, the Copenhagen Open, which will be held from May 10th to 12th.

European disc golf is booming in 2024 with five DGPT Elite events and one major taking place this summer. All of the European event organizers want to prove that the DGPT belongs to Europe; so this season, the stakes are high.

In May and June, history will be made when Denmark (Copenhagen Open), Finland (Turku Open), and Sweden (Swedish Open) host their first-ever DGPT tournaments.

After the first three events of the DGPT Europe leg, the latter part of July will be a “superswing” of the European disc golf.

In two and a half weeks, Europe will have three top-level events that will host and challenge many of the best players in the World:

  • Krokhol Open, July 12 – July 14
  • European Open, July 18 – July 21
  • European Disc Golf Festival, July 26 – July 28

Krokhol Open

Krokhol Open will take place at the best disc golf course in the World in (UDisc 2024). The old golf course mixed with the beautiful Norwegian landscape puts this course on top of every disc golfer’s bucket list. The course is under a 30-minute drive from Oslo, the capital of Norway, which makes it a great place from a spectator’s point of view.

And… Norway just got its first disc golf superstar. Anniken Steen just made history by becoming the first Norwegian player to win the Disc Golf Pro Tour at the 2024 Texas State Championship.

(photo) Anniken Steen after winning the 2024 TX State Disc Golf Championship presented by Lone Star Disc

Anniken Steen after winning the 2024 TX State Disc Golf Championship presented by Lone Star Disc | Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

With most of the pros competing in Krokhol, the event already has the vibes of a true classic, with treacherous sloped greens and beautiful elevation changes.

The Krokhol Open will be Norwegian disc golf’s biggest stage yet, and they want to make the most of it.

European Open

The European Open has grown every year, and 2024 will be the biggest one yet. Event director Jussi Meresmaa is on a quest to make the 2025 PDGA Pro World Championships (which will be held at the same properties next year) the greatest disc golf event ever – and the European Open 2024 will be the preliminary event for next summer’s World Championship – the first ever in Europe.

The iconic European Open will expand to Tampere Disc Golf Center, which will challenge the pros. It is one of the hardest courses in Europe – built with Majors in mind.

(photo) Paul McBeth signs autographs for young fans at the 2023 European Open.

Paul McBeth signs autographs for young fans at the 2023 European Open | Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

The disc golf boom in Finland is again at its peak, with two Finnish DGPT winners so far this season (Anttila, Salonen). In Finland, disc golf is becoming one of the most popular sports, and professional disc golfers are in the spotlight of the national media almost every week.

The European Open 2024 will attract more spectators, more media, and more excitement than ever before.

European Disc Golf Festival

Thanks to Kristin Tattar and the strong Estonian disc golf community, disc golf has become one of the most popular sports in Estonia. The European Disc Golf Festival will be held in the Tallinn Song Festival grounds, which are almost in the city center of Tallinn.

The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is not just any disc golf course. It is historically one of the most important places for Estonians. When Estonia gained its independence in 1991, 300,000 citizens gathered to celebrate the historic day. It’s not just a disc golf course; it is a piece of Estonian history. And last year, even the President of Estonia arrived to congratulate Kristin Tattar on winning the European Championships, which was hosted at the Festival Grounds.

The tournament will also be a preliminary event looking to expand in 2025, since next year, the same organizing group will host the first-ever major in Estonia.

Finnish disc-golf-focused media outlet Frisbeegolfmedia had a chance to interview Matthias Vutt who is Kristin Tattar’s manager and operations manager at the event. Watch the interview below: