2018 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships
Area Attractions & Info
As hosts, we are thrilled to welcome you to Vermont and our corner of the state called Smugglers’ Notch Resort. The resort is situated at the base of the Sterling Mountain Range, a portion of the Green Mountain spine that runs up the center of the state from Massachusetts to Canada. The Sterling Range drops off precipitously into a natural feature called “Smugglers’ Notch” before rising even more dramatically to the highest point of the highest peak in the state, Mt. Mansfield. The notch was dubbed “Smugglers’” due to its history of goods and alcohol being smuggled through the notch, much of which was hidden in caves found in its rocky outcroppings.
For those invitees who register and/or attend the World Championships, we hope that you take advantage of the numerous recreational and cultural opportunities afforded to you in the area! The resort is situated in the town of Cambridge, Vermont, and is surrounded by the village of Jeffersonville to the North and the town of Stowe to the south. Both towns offer great local farm-to-table dining, craft beer, cider, and spirits, and many other recreational opportunities such as biking, hiking, zip-lining, tree-top obstacle courses, farmer’s markets, ball golf, swimming, waterfalls, and much more! The towns of Waterbury, Essex, and Morrisville are all also within a 30-minute drive and feature tourist attractions.
Smugglers' Notch Disc Golf Center
Of course, the main draw for disc golfers to the area, and the reason you are attending, is the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center. Built, owned, and operated by Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the Disc Golf Center is happy to announce that in addition to the two world championship courses (Brewster Ridge & Fox Run Meadows), competitors in Pro Worlds will enjoy a brand new pro shop being built on site for the event that will open its doors in early June.
The Disc Golf Center allows Smugglers’ to provide a unique experience for competitors at the PDGA Pro Worlds; no travel. Indeed, both courses being used are on resort property and start within 300 feet of each other. This, however, does not mean that they will present similar challenges.
Brewster Ridge, established in 2012, is primarily wooded and stretches approximately 8,000 feet through the forests and foothills of the Sterling Mountain range. Beautifully wooded lanes, several with options on how best to attack, and interesting greens characterize this course which has consistently ranked as one of the country’s best for the past five years. The course will see a few changes in preparation for the world championships, as new tee pads will be installed, two new holes will replace two outgoing holes, a few gold tees will be extended, and the course length will increase. Those who know the course will find a very similar test, with the additional challenge of a new par 4 and approximately 700ft added to the course length overall!
Fox Run Meadows was first a 9-hole course in the fields adjacent to Brewster Ridge. As the sport grew in popularity at Smugglers’, Fox Run’s 18-hole potential was realized and the yin to the yang of Brewster Ridge was born. At over 9,300 feet, Fox Run was expanded to include a large swath of land running out and around Smugglers’ Bootlegger’s Basin. The basin comes into play, but the course is also characterized by its length and need for placement, and control all the way until the disc has come to rest. With many holes lined with out of bounds, players need to play cautiously aggressive to score well on this track. While I designed Brewster Ridge, Steve Brinster took the lead on the expansion of Fox Run to 18-holes, and we are grateful for his consultation on both courses at the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center!