The European Amateur Open 2018 will be played on a modified course, The Beast -layout, of the Nokia Sports Center DiscGolfPark. Located at center of Nokia, the course offers great facilities for a professional disc golf tournament. The Beast is a diverse course, designed to challenge even the top pros on all aspects of disc golf. The beautiful area has been the stage of previous world class tournaments. It has hosted five European Open events since 2011, European Championships 2005 and Finnish Championships 2012. The course has been slightly modified throughout the years but it has maintained its unique feel and hasn't lost its bite.
The whole course is praised by many disc golfers as one the best and most challenging courses in the world. The first half is set in an especially beautiful scenery of the Nokia Arboretum. The back-9 reveal another aspect of the Beast with water hazards and tightening OBs. Though most of the last nine holes are played in a nearly wide open park, they are by no means any easier than the preceding, more heavily wooded front-9.
2018 edition of the Beast
The participants of the 2018 European Amateur Open can expect to face largely the same Beast that they've come to know from the European Open PDGA Majors.
There are a few changes that we've had to make though:
- Hole 3: This 253-meter hole has been a par 5 but the city was forced to cut quite many sick trees close to the tee. As a result the hole will be a par 4 from now on.
- Hole 10: This will a completely different hole from the traditional par 4 over a football field. The football season is at its peak in June and the fields are constantly in use.
- Hole 11: The par 3 with a basket close to a small pond will see some changes for 2018 due to safety concerns.
Please note that some additional tweaks might still happen in addition to ones mentioned above. But nothing significant.
Below is the course map of the European Open 2017 for reference. Click to view the map in full size.