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  1. How to watch The Open at Belton

    As of this writing (and we don’t expect this to change) the event is in PDGA/DGPT Phase 1 covid precautions. Given the nature of The Open Course and its wide open viewing areas we are able to grant access badges to a limited number of spectators. Once on the course the badge holders will be restricted to designated viewing areas and expected to social distance and be masked up.


    The limited badge holders are players from the amateur side of the event, pro players & a support person, city officials, sponsors, vendors and staff.



    If you are not a player, staff, vendor or sponsor and would like to see some of the action at the park there will be a viewing area outside the restricted course. From the viewing area, running completely along hole 10, five holes are clearly visible.

    Spectator area


    If you would like to staff we are still looking for a few more folks, especially if we know you can be on site in position for an entire day(s). If you are available please email theopendgc@nealdambra.com



    Another way to watch the finals live is on Disc Golf Network at www.discgolfnetwork.com. The Disc Golf Pro Tour will be following the top two cards of MPO and the FPO on Sunday, March 21 starting around 1:30 pm. Disc Golf Network is a subscription service and offers a substantial discount for PDGA members.


    Securrity

    We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Ware and the Double R Disc Golf Club who will be our security crew. They will be making sure everyone on The Open Course has fun, stays safe and are where they are supposed to be. Most importantly they will assure the players feel comfortable so they can put on great show for all the disc golf fans around the world who will be watching.


    We are also pleased to have the Belton CHIPS citizen patrol supplementing our security along with regular patrols by the BPD.


    Please note alcohol is not permitted at Heritage Park.

  2. Fishing for a hotel room? The word is “The Open”

    While you're visiting play dozens of courses within an hour of Belton. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, Texas is the state with the most courses, most events and the most PDGA members. And The Open Course at Heritage Park in Belton is in the middle of it all!

    by Jim Hudson


    The Belton Convention & Visitors Bureau has contacted a number of local hotels to get discount rates for our group. The list of participating hotels is below. When making your reservation let them know you're with “The Open” and you will receive the rates listed below.


    We thank the Visitors Bureau for providing an array of lodging options to meet a variety of player budgets and requirements. We will not have a particular hotel designated as “Host Hotel” per se, but event staff and some players have already registered at the River Forest Inn. The hotel is very close to the course and has a restaurant on site - and access to the river for guests. Yes, you can bring your fishing pole. They only have about 40 rooms total so book early! See you in March!


    River Forest Inn / 254-939-5711

    $65 (king) / $75 (double)

    Say you're with "The Open"

    1414 E 6th Ave, Belton, TX 76513


    La Quinta Inn & Suites / 254-939-2772

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $89 (std or double)

    229 W Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513


    Budget Host Inn / 254-939-0744

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $55.95 (std or double)

    1520 I-35, Belton, TX 76513


    Knights Inn / 254-939-3745

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $49 (std) / $59 (double)

    1102 E 2nd Ave, Belton, TX 76513


    Expo Inn & Suites / 254-613-5289

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $99 (std/king/double)

    235 W Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513


    Bryn Oaks B&B / 254-291-3240

    In the heart of charming downtown Belton.

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $145 (various)

    410 N Main St, Belton, TX 76513


    Holiday Inn Express / 254-773-5500

    Say you're with "The Open"

    $85 (std/king/double)

    2609 S 39th St, Temple, TX 76504

  3. Registration for All Divisions Opens Monday, Jan 4 at 7pm cst

    Valerie Mandujano tees off on Hole 1 during the 2020 Open at Belton on her way to the champion disc golfer of the year title in the women’s professional division  Photo by Maria Williams

    Valerie Mandujano, of San Antonio tees off on Hole 1 during the 2020 Open at Belton on her way to the champion disc golfer of the year title in the women’s professional division Photo by Maria Williams


    by S. Teddie Hedwynne

    The DGPT Tour Pass program has just completed and over the past three weeks dozens of touring players opted for the Tour Pass. The pass allows them to choose Elite and Silver Series events individually or choose from tour packages. The packages include entry to all Elite and Silver Series DGPT events.


    The Open at Belton attracted 31 Tour Pass players including former event champion disc golfers of the year, James Conrad (2018) and Ezra Aderhold (2020). Joining them will be many other top rated Tour Pass players, most notably, current PDGA World Champions Paige Pierce and Paul McBeth, both with Team Discraft.


    “As you can imagine we are super excited to host these great players in March. We are working closely with Belton Parks to make sure the course is in top condition for the competitors, fans and the media.” said Jim Hudson, one of the tournament directors.


    “A number of touring players like McBeth, Conrad and Pierce have never played the course – but I’m sure they will be ready by their first round tee time on Friday.” According to the directors there will be a few changes compared to the 2020 set up with a bit of OB added, more clearing on hole 13, some infrastructure improvements and a new raised green added to hole 5.


    DGPT tiered registration opens on January 4 at 7pm along with all other divisions including age-protected Pros, all Ams and Juniors. You can register or read more about the event here.

  4. The Open at Belton Joins the Disc Golf Pro Tour as a Silver Series Event

    Peach, coincidentally, was the winning color this year at The Open at Belton. Ezra Aderhold of Emery, South Dakota, and Valerie Mandujano from nearby San Antonio are our Men's and Women's Open 2020 champions. The Open, presented by Discraft, pro purse surpassed $17,000 for the first time since the events' founding in 2015.


    Back in March, when covid hit hard and everything seemed to change overnight, The Open at Belton was the next big event coming up for many of the touring pros, most of whom were already in Texas. The previous weekend was the Waco Charity Open. When that was cut short The Open tournament directors, Neal Dambra and Jim Hudson, knew they were about to be next on the chopping block. At least that's what it felt like. Even though the inevitable was at hand the work went on. The OB was getting marked, porta potties were delivered, finals sponsors were being added to the caddie guide, scorecards were being printed and the unusually high volume of players questions were being answered as quickly as possible. It was four days of non-stop scramble and it was almost a relief when Texas state and the PDGA finally pulled the trigger and cancelled all upcoming events. Deep breath. What next?


    Not wanting to skip a 2020 version of The Open at Belton presented by Discraft was quickly added back into the PDGA A-Tier schedule for a late November date. The rescheduled date may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise (and what a disguise it was!) when, after a very successful event, The Open was picked up on Disc Golf Pro Tour's radar during their final scheduling sessions. After a couple of "get to know you" virtual meetings with the DGPT and consultation with the Belton Parks department, TOaB and DGPT agreed the tournament would be one of six 2021 Silver Series events nationwide. Needless to say, TOaB staff and the city of Belton are very pleased to be part of the DGPT in 2021.


    "Our goal always has been, from the start, to elevate this particular stage for professional disc golfers" said Hudson. "Partnering with the DGPT definitely helps us do that, especially in the areas of marketing and media exposure. We expect it will all translate into our biggest pro payout to date."


    "Since the course will only be used for pros this year, we will be tightening up the OB on a few holes and hoping to add a new Turtle Back style green to hole five" added Dambra. One thing is for sure, the competitors can expect another challenging trek along with the extra pressure, glamor and exposure provided by the DGPT. TD's Hudson and Dambra were quick to add a score of 50 has yet to be broken on the long layout of The Open Course at Heritage Park in MPO competition. Texans Connor O'Reilly and Tanner Girouard hold the mark at 51 set this past November. Catrina Allen , with a spectacular 1025 rated 56 in 2019, holds the women's mark by far. A bonus prize will be awarded in 2021 to any 49 by an MPO or a 55 for FPO.


    No matter what, The Open at Belton 2021 should prove to be another step forward in raising public awareness in central Texas of professional disc golf. We all respect November, the preference, for many reasons, is that it happens in March this time around.


    The tournament will take place March 19-21 at Heritage Park with professionals playing all three days and amateurs playing Saturday and Sunday only. A new course will be introduced for the AMs. More details to follow. Registration for all players will be available on Jan 1. Age-protected divisional players may register early by becoming a Journeyman Sponsor. https://www.​discgolfscene.com/tournaments/​TheOpenatBelton2021/​register


    Touring Pros with ratings above 1000 for MPO and 900 for FPO can purchase a Tour Pass for all DGPT events including The Open at Belton from now until January 1st: https://www.dgpt.com/schedule/register/tour-pass/