Alpaca Open 2022 is a disc golf popup tournament on foothills of the Austrian Alps in Stiwoll near Graz, Styria.
This AustroTour event is a 2-day PDGA C-tier tournament played over 3 rounds. Two rounds with a shotgun start on Saturday the 19th of March and one round with golf start on Sunday 20th of March. All international players are welcome!
This event is organized under the aegis of STPDiscGolf.
Alpaca Open 2022 will have two layouts:
- Gold layout:
2460m, PAR 61 (with a PAR-round rating of ~990).
- White layout:
2130m, PAR 65 (with a PAR-round rating comparable with the Pro layout of most Austrian courses)
We try to offer following divisions:
- Pro divisions (part of AustroTour):
MPO & MP40 played on Gold layout (both require a PDGA rating of >=800)
FPO & FP40 played on White layout (both require a PDGA rating of >=700)
- Amateur division (not part of AustroTour):
Green played on White layout (Green is independent of gender and age and requires a PDGA rating of <850)
This temporary course will be available for practice on Friday 18th of March 2022.
- Facebook page (all information is public, therefore no facebook account is needed)
- Instagram page
- PDGA event page
Note on player numbers:
Maximum number of participants is 90. Therefore on Saturday the maximum flight size is 5 players. On Sunday the maximum flight size will be 4. If there are less than 4 participants in a division we will merge this division with the next higher one (i.e. FP40 -> FPO). If all divisions on the White layout together have less than 10 players, we will play all divisions on the Gold layout. Wildcards will be used in a way that the total number of 18 flights are not exceeded on Saturday, which also means that some wildcards may not be allocated.
Alpaca Open 2022 is supported by:
Course Property Rules
We have the permit to use the property of 4 local farmers, which have no ties to disc golf. To ensure that we have the chance to keep Alpaca Open an annual event, there are some important points to follow:
- Do not litter! Do not leave any garbage, cigarette butts, etc. behind! The property is used for feeding farm animals. Any garbage can make them ill.
As reminder: Littering is a courtesy violation in the PDGA rule, which can result in disqualification.
- Only use gates or marked openings to cross fences (do not climb over them!). The reason is that we are trying to avoid any damage on the property of the farmers. If some damage happens, no worries, but please tell us so that we can fix it. Happy farmers, happy disc golfers :)
- There is a designated private area (around the private house near the tournament headquarter - see overview map): Please respect this space and do not trespass.
The Gold layout is a PAR 61 18-hole course with a length of 2460m and a PAR-rating of ~990. Gold layout is reserved for the MPO and MP40 divisions.
Rules for every hole are published in the CaddyBook (Gold Layout). If there are differences between information sources the CaddyBook has precedence.
The White layout is a shortened version of the Gold layout. There are some shorter tees and/or increased hole PARs to better suite players with ratings <850. Most shortened holes maintain the characteristic of the Gold layout, however they are more fun to play for intermediate players. From the difficulty the White layout is comparable with the Pro layout of most Austrian courses.
White layout will have a PAR of 65 with 2130m and is reserved for the FPO, FP40 and Green divisions.
Rules for every hole are published in the CaddyBook (White Layout). If there are differences between information sources the CaddyBook has precedence.
Practicing is possible on the whole course until 2 minutes before a round starts. You can also warm up in our driving/approach area or the putting zone (see overview map). Practicing on the course during the 3rd round (starts 08:40) is prohibited so therefore please use our practicing areas to warm up.
Special course rules
All rules based on current PDGA Official Rules with following additions:
- Relief on any barbed wire fence is up to 2m perpendicular to the fence. You may not cross the fence to mark your relieved lie, if your previous lie is in-bounds.
If your disc was out-of bounds you either can take the normal PDGA rule "one meter away from the point where the disc was last in-bounds" (806.02.D.2) or 2m perpendicular to the fence relief.
- The course uses public roads as tee pads or as part of the fairway. Before each throw ensure that roads are free and give way to vehicles and pedestrians. Use a spotter where necessary.
- Spotters are required on hole 13 and 14 . Please refer to the tee signs.
- If your disc lands within Alpaca meadow (hole 1 or 9) or the cell tower fence (hole 13) do not retrieve your disc by entering the fenced area! Please inform TD to retrieve your disc after your round.
Use following GPS coordinates on your navigation system to guide you (addresses do not work correctly on most navigation system in our area):
47.11803, 15.21734 (47°07'05"N, 15°13'02"E)
Please only use the designated parking area (see overview map). As parking space is limited we encourage arranging carpools.
- Public transportation:
With ÖBB you can travel to the train station Judendorf-Straßengel (same fare zone as Graz!) and from there you can use the local shared taxi service GUSTmobil, which brings you directly to our tournament headquarters.
Prices are reasonable: i.e. one-way from Judendorf-Straßengel train station costs 5€ for 1pax, 6€ for 2pax, 7,50€ for 3pax, etc. If you have an Austrian "Klima Ticket" the price will be reduced by 50%.
You should book your taxi service in advance. Use "GU 1733" as target address when booking so you get dropped off directly at our tournament headquarters.
Friday, 18th of March 2022
The whole day the course is available for practice.
If you have time you can already do an "early registration" and gain you some sleeping time the next morning. Please come to the headquarters for this.
Saturday, 19th of March 2022
07:20 Registration (latest until 07:50)
08:30 Round 1 with shotgun start
12:00 Lunch break
~13:30 Round 2 with shotgun start (start time will be announced, if different)
Sunday, 20th of March 2022
On round 3 all groups will start from hole 1 (golf start). First group tees off at 08:40. Last group (=lead card) will start at around ~13:00 (FPO leadcard).
Award ceremony will start shortly after the last group finishes hole 18 (~16:00).
There will be prices (bags, discs, etc.) and vouchers in a total value of at least 2.300 € for MPO, MP40, FPO and Green.
In each division the first 25% will get prizes with a minimum of the three podium places and up to a maximum of 11 players.
Please pay as soon you get a spot (not on the waiting list). If you do not pay within 1 weeks we will remove you from the registration.
- Pro divisions (MPO, MP40, FPO & FP40):
39 € (including 4 € Austrian Discgolf Association)
- Amateuer division (Green):
34 € (including 3 € Austrian Discgolf Association)
- Only Pro divisions are part of the AustroTour.
- Players with a rating <850 can either register for Pro Open or Green division.
A-8113 Stiwoll 64
IBAN: AT26 3225 0080 0003 2722
Alpaca Open 2022 [your name]
We will refund 100% of the tournament fees if
- we are not allowed to hold this event due to COVID-19 laws.
- you cancel your participation at least 2 week before the event.
If you are not feeling 100% healthy on the weekend of the tournament: Please stay at home and get well soon! If you notify us in time, we will find a solution together for an acceptable refund/compensation. The paid registration fees should not be an incentive to show up at the tournament in such a case.
Meals and drinks
On both days we will offer coffee, cake, non-alcoholic drinks and beer. Tap water will be available for free.
On Saturday we additionally offer potato goulash with (non-vegetarian) and without sausages (vegetarian). Please choose your favorite option during registration.
All side events with additional fees are optional. If you want to participate please add the value to your bank transfer or pay during the morning registration on Saturday. Some free side events are restricted to the more difficult Gold layout (played by MPO & MP40).
CTP (free - all divisions):
Birdie Challenge (free):
In this free challenge the player who birdies (or better) the most different holes after 3 rounds gets an additional prize (several birdies on the same hole are only counted once)! If more than one player has the same number of holes birdied, the tie breaker is the difficulty of the birdied holes based on all results after three rounds.
Gold and White layout are scored independently.
Eagle Hunt (free - only MPO & MP40):
As we trust in the difficulty of our Gold layout and due to the fact that this species seems to be extinct in our area, we bet that it is impossible to have an eagle on the Gold layout:
Therefore, any player (only MPO & MP40) on the Gold layout - who score a tournament eagle on a PAR 4 or 5 hole - will share a 100 € prize sponsored by us.
The Discgolf4you.com Ace Run Challenge powered by Prodigy Disc Europe
At the Discgolf4you booth you can buy a custom stamp disc for only 5 EUR. With this disc you have 3 tries on a short, additional hole to get an ace! Every ace gets great prizes sponsored by Prodigy and Discgolf4you. You can do the event any time from Friday to Sunday until the winners ceremony.
If there is no ace during the whole weekend the persons with the most metal hits get the prizes. So do not forget to count the metal hits too!
We would love it if you film your throws and share the clips on social media with @discgolf4you @prodigydisceruope and @alpacaopen2022.
We are looking forward to your participation and a lot of aces!
Note that this event is not only for players of the tournament. Everyone is welcome!
Ace Pot (extra 3 € - separate pots per layout)
If you hit an ace, you will earn the pot. In case of two or more aces, the pot will be splitted. In case of no ace during the whole tournament the money stays in the pot and waits for the first ace until the next Alpaca Open. There are separate pots for Gold (MPO & MP40) and White (FPO, FP40 & Green) layout.
Stableford Challenge (extra 10 € - separate pots per layout)
Imaging you are having the best tournament of your life, but still get 4th place? This must not suck, if you participate in our stableford challenge, where you can win if you play better than your personal PDGA rating.
All stableford challenge participants get a calculated handicap:
Your handicap equals the number of additional possible throws per round in comparison to the best rated player in the challenge. There are separate pots for Gold (MPO & MP40) and White (FPO, FP40 & Green) layout.
If the best player has a PDGA rating of 1000 and you have 900, you have 11 additional throws per round.
There is a 100% payout for the top quarter of participants after 3 rounds. Each winner gets around 50% more than the player behind him.
If there are 20 participants the first 5 participants split the pot of 200€ like this:
Preconditions for participating in the Stableford Challenge:
- Participation fee of 10€
- minimum of 5 PDGA events (to have a "stable" rating)
Current Austrian COVID-19 laws do not demand any vaccinated, cured or tested certificates to participate in events
However, as infection rates are still very high, please take preventive measures as you see fit. Especially consider distancing, no high fives, only touch your own equipment, using provided hand sanitizer, wearing masks, if distancing is not possible, etc. (see PDGA Covid Guidelines).
For participants traveling from abroad to Austria:
- You need a valid vaccinated, cured or tested certificate, when you cross Austrian borders (PCR-tests are valid for 72 hours and Antigen-Test for 24 hours after sampling. More detailed infos can be found here).
- FFP2 masks are still required in supermarkets, banks, post offices, pharmacys and therelike (refer to signs at the entrance). If you do not have a FFP2 mask you get them at any supermarket (in Spar supermarkets even for free).
Other general rules
- Main scoring tool is Disc Golf Metrix. Additionally, one player in each group should score with UDisc so you are able to double check scores at the end of the round or if scoring in Metrix is not possible.
If requested, a paper scoring card will be handed out (see rule update by PDGA in 2022).
A list of small rooms/appartements in the area we have already accommodated guests. However they can get full quickly. If this is the case use your booking service of choice to find a fitting accomodation for you.
- Gasthof Schwaiger
Gschnaidt 4, 8153 Gschnaidt
+43 3149 2214
- Gasthaus-Gästehaus Schusterbauer
Hörgas 49, 8103 Hörgas
+43 3124 51768
- Bäckerei-Cafe-Pension Kogler
Hitzendorf 60/2, 8151 Hitzendorf
+43 3137 2266
See PDGA Event Info.