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DGPT Spectator Guide

Welcome to the DGPT Spectator Guide, your go-to resource for all information regarding spectating at DGPT events! Whether you’re a seasoned DGPT spectator or you are going to your first-ever event, this guide provides essential details to enhance your spectator experience.

Spectator Code of Conduct: For a comprehensive overview of our spectator code of conduct, please refer to the Spectator Code of Conduct tab below.

WELCOME

From VIP access options to general admission passes, we offer various spectator ticket packages tailored to your preferences. Learn about our spectator policies, including rules on cameras and prohibited items, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable event for all attendees. 

DGPT SPECTATOR TICKETS

VIP Passes vs General Admission Tickets

The Disc Golf Pro Tour is thrilled to offer a range of ticket options tailored to suit every spectator’s preference.  To explore and purchase tickets for upcoming U.S.-based DGPT events, please visit our Eventbrite page. There, you’ll find a comprehensive list of all U.S. events, allowing you to secure your spot at the most anticipated upcoming disc golf tournaments of the season. Whether you’re seeking VIP access or general admission tickets, our Eventbrite page provides a seamless booking experience, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the action. 

If you’re planning to attend a DGPT Europe event, all the same information about ticket offerings can be located at sviby.com/en/s/dgpt-europe

The cost of attendance varies depending on the venue. More information about specific tournaments, such as the event schedule, competitor information, course maps, and more, can be found on the associated DGPT.com event page or ticketing page on Eventbrite. A general schedule for DGPT events can be found below! 

Differences Between VIP Passes and General Admission Tickets:

General Admission ticket holders can look forward to enjoying access to various general admission areas (usually marked by yellow ropes). These areas offer diverse views across different holes, ensuring you catch all the action. Additionally, General Admission access includes entry to on-site retailer areas like food and beverage vendors, the DGPT Pro Shop, and other vendor stalls. Spectators can also visit the Player Autograph Tent and participate in any additional on-site activities in and around Tournament Central. General Admission tickets don’t usually allow spectators to follow specific playing groups.*

VIP Ticket holders enjoy all the benefits of General Admission plus exclusive access to premium viewing areas. These specially designated spots allow you to immerse yourself in the game, providing an up-close perspective as you follow the unfolding action! Usually, VIP tickets also allow you to follow playing groups of your choice around the course and may include additional parking or merchandise inclusions. For full information on VIP inclusions, please refer to the ticketing page for the event in question. 

Selected tournaments, including the OTB Open, Discraft Great Lakes Open, Ledgestone Open, Preserve Championship, and Dynamic Discs Open, feature VIP bleachers or other viewing platforms for an elevated and uninterrupted viewing experience.

*Some events offer a singular ticket type with full access to follow cards around the course. Check out the individual ticket pages for each event you’re considering attending for full details!

Amenities and Perks:

All ticket holders can access on-site food and beverage options, restrooms, and vendor village. Additional VIP perks, such as food and beverage tickets, commemorative merchandise inclusions, priority seating, and other benefits, are specific to each event. Check out DGPT.com/tickets for more information!

Anthony Barela (AB) with Paul McBeth 2024

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DGPT EVENTS

OVERALL EXPERIENCE 

DGPT events are all about bringing you as close to the action as we can! Once you arrive on-site, you’ll have the option of exploring Tournament Central, browsing different vendors, checking out the DGPT Pro Shop, and, of course, soaking in all the action. 

No matter what event you’re attending, we recommend that you dress in comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes so you can enjoy the course’s natural beauty or follow a playing group through their round.

After the competition is done for the day, make sure to check out any post-round activities, which can include fly-marts, meeting the pros, and more.

Lastly, we kindly remind all attendees that you are part of a professional sporting event. Our players compete at the highest level, volunteers generously donate their time, and fellow spectators travel from near and far to witness this premier event. In this spirit, we ask for your respectful behavior towards those around you and the course hosting this prestigious competition. Thank you for your cooperation!

Typical DGPT Competition Schedule

Pre-Event

Monday – Wednesday
The course is closed to the general public. Players, staff, and media are the only people allowed on site.

Thursday
Practice Round Spectating & Media Day. Some events may also offer an opportunity to watch a GK Pro skins match, attend a clinic, or play the course yourself!

Practice Round Pass Opportunities
Before the tournament begins, spectators may have the chance to watch players practice and prepare for the competition. You can purchase spectator tickets for each event through the DGPT Eventbrite page.

Typical Thursday schedule:

    • 1 PM Player & Organizer Press Conference
    • 2 PM Clinic with the Pros
    • 3 PM Freature Practice Round

Other Activities:
Depending on the event, additional activities such as workshops or distance/putting competitions may be scheduled for spectators to participate in or observe.

During the Event

Flymarts – Typically on Saturday Evenings after the competition:

  • These are generally held on-site but sometimes can be held at a local business. Check out DGPT.com for an event schedule for each tournament. 
  • Spectators can browse different merchandise booths, including select pro vending and other vendors offering a variety of disc golf equipment, apparel, and accessories.

Typical Competition Schedule

To locate players’ tee times on the PDGA Event pages, navigate to the specific event’s page on the PDGA website and look for the tee times to the right of the player’s name.

You can follow the scores live on DGPT.com and PDGA Live!

Mornings – FPO Competition
The FPO division (Women’s Pro Open) plays in the morning at each event. Typically, tee times will begin early in the day, with the lead card teeing off between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM local time.

Afternoons – MPO Competition
The MPO division (Mixed Pro Open) begins teeing off immediately after the last FPO card of the day. The lead card will generally tee off between 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Due to the larger average field size, MPO competition will usually last longer than FPO and end a few hours before dark.

Evenings – Festivities & Fun
Towards the end of the day, be on the lookout for fly-marts, meet the pros, autograph sessions, putting competitions, and other special events and activities.

DGPT SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

Buying Tickets & Refund Policy 

  • All U.S. DGPT spectating tickets are available on our Eventbrite page. European event tickets are available on our Sviby page. If you have questions about purchasing tickets, please contact events@dgpt.com. We often offer multiple ticket types, which give you access to individual rounds or the entire event, typically with general admission and VIP variations. Please see the ticket options to choose the best ticket for you. 
  • Children 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
  • Refund Policy
    • Weather Refunds: The Disc Golf Pro Tour will not refund tickets in the event of a round or multiple rounds being canceled, rescheduled, moved, or otherwise adjusted due to weather or other similar circumstances.
    • Standard Refunds: You may request to cancel your ticket for a full refund up to 72 hours before the date and time of the first day of the event. Cancellations between 25-72 hours before the first day of the event may be transferred to a different name or receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the event may not receive a refund nor a transfer. When you purchase a ticket for an event, you agree to these terms.

Picking Up Your Spectator Credential

  • All spectators must pick up a credential upon arrival at the event. The ticket holder must be present to claim their credential. Once you have a credential, this is your only pass for entry to the event all weekend. There are no exceptions for lost passes. 
  • Have your ticket confirmation with the QR code ready to scan at the entrance checkpoint. Volunteers will be available at a DGPT tent to help answer questions and provide you with your credentials. 

Parking

  • Parking opportunities vary from event to event, so make sure to look out for specific directions via email in the days leading up to the event. If there is parking at the course, there will be signs and volunteer staff directing you where to park upon your arrival. Please do not park in restricted player/staff parking areas. 

Spectator Communications 

  • Please be on the lookout for email communications in the week leading up to the tournament with important event-specific information. 
  • More information about the tournament, such as the event schedule, competitor information, course maps, and more, can be found on the individual event pages under the schedule tab on dgpt.com
  • Tee times will be posted on the PDGA event page 3 days before the start of the event.

Spectator Media Policy

These rules and regulations are also in place at any event, such as PDGA Pro Majors or other special events, at which the Disc Golf Pro Tour or the Disc Golf Network has acquired media rights or is otherwise in charge of media production management. 

  • Spectators are encouraged to share images, videos, and audio from our events to their personal pages and social media accounts. As a reminder, you may not directly monetize any media through paywalls or advertisements nor use it to promote a brand, business, product, or service. 
  • Capturing media for personal use does not grant access to any restricted areas, including but not limited to the course, press conferences/media days, or individual access to players.
  • Spectators are prohibited from live streaming, no matter what purpose. All live streams must be credentialed and approved ahead of time. Violations of this policy may result in removal from the venue, with no refunds given. 
  • Spectators are not allowed to capture photos or videos on any device other than their cell phones during DGPT events. This means that the following devices are strictly prohibited: 
    • Video cameras of any kind
    • DSLR cameras 
    • Other kinds of cameras with detachable lenses 
  • If you want to bring your video camera or DSLR out to take photos, you’ll need to request a full media credential. The DGPT does not allow amateur photographers to be credentialed simply for personal documentation or use. If you represent a player, brand, sponsor, or any third party who wants to send you as a media representative, please go through the credentialing process.

Prohibited Items

The items below are strictly prohibited and cannot be brought into a DGPT event. 

ALL BAGS, CHAIRS, CARTS & STROLLERS ARE SUBJECT TO SECURITY CHECK AT THE GATE

  • Weapons of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Guns, knives, pepper spray, tasers, etc. 
  • Outside alcoholic beverages of any kind. Food and beverages will be available on-site for purchase.
  • Illicit substances or illegal objects of any kind
    • Do not use, consume, or bring any controlled substances or locally prohibited items to the event. They will be confiscated. 
  • Pets – even the best-behaved pets can cause disruptions or distractions at tournaments. Our staff members are pet lovers, but our dogs (and cats) belong at our next practice round, not at a competitive event.  
  • Cameras are allowed at the event (other than the camera on your phone). Please leave it at home. 
  • Noise-making devices: 
    • Air horns, megaphones, and other devices are used for amplifying sound. 
  • Miscellaneous: 
    • Inflatable balls, balloons, and other throwable toys
  • Storage: 
    • No storage will be provided for prohibited items at the entry gate. Please leave them at home or in your vehicle. 
  • Exceptions: 
    • Exceptions to these rules may be granted for medical necessities or other required accommodations. Please contact the event organizers in advance to arrange for exceptions

Code Of Conduct – Spectating At The Course 

  • Pay attention to your safety and the safety of others – in the event of inclement weather, listen to event & Tour staff as they direct you off, on, or around the event area. Stay alert for flying discs and take no actions that put yourself or others in any scenario where an injury is more likely to occur. Stay hydrated and ask for help from the event or Tour staff if you need it!
  • When to arrive – please arrive at the course no earlier than 7:30 AM. 
  • GA v. VIP Ticket Holders 
    • General Admission ticket holders should pay close attention to the designated spectating areas and ensure they are within the correct areas at all times. 
    • VIP Spectators who wish to follow a specific card must remain a minimum of 10 meters behind the playing group and be sure to clear the fairway as soon as is practical for the following group.
  • Always have your credential with you – spectators must have a spectator credential on display at all times while on the grounds, or you will be escorted off the property.
  • Don’t interfere with play – spectators must stay within the provided confines for viewing and must, stay off of the playing area and not interfere with other groups in play. There will be event staff and flagged lines directing spectators; you must heed the direction of the event staff. Any persons not following this protocol will be escorted from the property.
  • Treat others with respect – spectators must remain respectful to all players, staff, and other patrons. Any unruly behavior will result in your pass being confiscated, and you will be escorted from the property. This includes allowing for unsupervised or unruly children.
  • Never approach players except in dedicated autograph areas – spectators are not allowed to approach the players. This goes for all areas of the property (the parking area, the warm-up area, the course, etc.). Autograph sessions will be set up for use after competitor rounds conclude. During the event (including practice days, awards ceremonies, etc.) you may not approach the players at any time, for any reason, unless engaged by them. Any persons not following this protocol will be escorted from the property.
  • Stay out of player-only areas – spectators are not allowed in the player camping, parking, warm-up, cool-down, bathroom, hospitality, scoring tent, or other designated competitor areas. Any persons entering these areas will be escorted from the property.
  • Food and drink – please look out for specific event food and beverage options and guidelines. Generally, there will be food at every event for purchase. Support the local event teams and their communities!
  • No smoking or vaping – smoking and vaping are prohibited inside DGPT event space which includes any areas that require a spectator pass to access. Generally speaking, this includes all on-site areas, including the course, spectator viewing areas, player warm-up areas, and vending areas of all kinds. Some events may have a dedicated smoking area that allows for contained use. Continued violations of this policy may result in removal from the event. 

Disclaimer

BY PURCHASING A TICKET AND ENTERING THE EVENT SITE, YOU CONSENT TO YOUR VOICE, NAME, AND/OR LIKENESS BEING USED, WITHOUT COMPENSATION, IN FILMS AND TAPES IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVISED, FOR ETERNITY, YOU RELEASE THE DISC GOLF PRO TOUR, ITS SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS AND LICENSEES FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER OF ANY NATURE.

DO NOT BUY A TICKET OR ENTER THE EVENT SITE IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SUBJECT TO THE FOREGOING. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SPECTATING DISC GOLF, LIKE ANY SPORTING EVENT WHERE OBJECTS COULD ENTER INTO SPECTATING AREAS, IS AN INHERENTLY RISKY ACTIVITY AND ASSUME ALL RISKS OF INJURY BY ATTENDING.

FAQs

  1. What are the differences between GA and VIP passes, and what additional benefits do VIP passes offer?
    • See the Tickets tab! This tab includes a lot of pertinent information.
  2. How can I get closer to the action without upgrading my ticket? 
    • You can always check in with the Volunteer coordinator to see if they need any additional help keeping live stats. This is always a great way to keep live stats for some of the top pros in the world! Just find a DGPT team member and ask them to connect you with the volunteer coordinator!
  3. What amenities are included with VIP passes?
  4. How do I purchase tickets for DGPT events, and where can I find pricing information?
    • Tickets for U.S. DGPT events can be purchased from the DGPT Eventbrite page. For DGPT Europe events, check out Sviby.com. What is included with the gold and silver passes?
    • This varies from event to event, but some often included items are:
      1. Food and Drink tickets
      2. Commemorative Pack
      3. Priority Parking
      4. Meet & Greets
      5. Special Viewing Zones
      6. Opportunities to play the tournament course
  5. Are there designated areas for wheelchair accessibility, and how can I request accommodations?
    • Wheelchair accessibility varies from event to event. For more information, please reach out to events@dgpt.com.
  6. Are pets allowed at DGPT events?
    • No pets allowed – even the best-behaved pets can cause disruptions or distractions at tournaments. Our staff members are pet lovers, but our dogs (and cats) belong at our next practice round, not at a competitive event.
  7. Is there a designated area for autograph sessions or meet-and-greets with players?
    • Yes! An autograph tent is set up in one of the general admission areas. Autograph sessions are based on player availability; players head to the autograph tent after their round is completed.
  8. What opportunities are available for fans to interact with pros during the event?
    • Fans can interact with players at the autograph tent after their rounds or at their Flymart booths if they have one set up. Please refrain from trying to get players’ attention during their rounds unless they speak to you.
  9. Is there free water available for spectators?
    • It’s a good idea to bring your own water bottle to avoid dehydration. All events will have water available for spectators via vendors, and most will have free refill stations around the general admission areas.
  10. Are there any age restrictions for attending DGPT events?

    • There are no age restrictions for attending DGPT events! Children 10 and under are free to attend with a ticketed adult.
  11. How can I stay updated on event schedules and any changes or updates?
    • You can find event schedules on the DGPT tournament pages which can be found here. If there are any changes, weather delays, or updates to event schedules, they can be found on the DGPT Event Status Updates page.
  12. What is the policy for refunds on purchased tickets?
    • DGPT Refund Policy:
        • Weather Refunds: The Disc Golf Pro Tour will not refund tickets in the event of a round or multiple rounds being canceled, rescheduled, moved, or otherwise adjusted due to weather or other similar circumstances.
        • Standard Refunds: You may request to cancel your ticket for a full refund up to 72 hours before the date and time of the first day of the event. Cancellations between 25-72 hours before the first day of the event may be transferred to a different name or receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the event may not receive a refund nor a transfer. When you purchase a ticket for an event, you agree to these terms.