If you hate playing disc golf in winter weather, there’s a good chance you probably live on the West Coast, in Arizona, or near Florida. Those who can’t stand snow and rain might travel to these parts of the country during the offseason, but there’s another option available if you have the resources.
During the traditional offseason in North America, the sun is bright and shining down under. Rounds played during winter in Australia aren’t really winter rounds – in fact, you’re more likely to get a good workout and sweat quite a bit while hitting the course.
If you migrate south for the winter, you absolutely have to check out Australia’s first permanent Championship level disc golf course – Mundaring Disc Golf Park. A pay to play the course that operates on an honor system, it’s a destination in and of itself in Western Australia.
Founded in 2014, this course was designed and installed by the head DUDE around here, Chris Finn, in conjunction with DiscGolfPark Australia. The course utilizes land at the Mundaring Sporting Club, a destination ball golf course for those in Western Australia.
Both beginners and advanced players can enjoy what Mundaring has to offer, as 18 white tees are designed to be easier while the 18 gold tee layout provides a challenge that only the best of the best can conquer. Whether you’re playing on the strenuous par 65 stretch or opt for the par 58 option, you’ll enjoy beautiful sights while on the property.
Mundaring uses a nice mix of open fairways and some more technical and wooded holes to provide players with a variety of challenges. The terrain is fairly hilly, forcing players to exercise every shot they have in their bag and keep their cool during the round. Make sure you have a decent selection of discs with you to take advantage of all the course has to offer.
As if that wasn’t enough, treacherous out of bounds areas are incorporated on many of the holes, creating a course that’s worthy of championship play. However, the Mundaring Sporting Club offers a relaxing clubhouse complete with bar and dining areas, so after you challenge yourself on the course you can relax in style.
Notable Events At Mundaring
Much of the world first saw Mundaring in action during the 2017 Aussie Open, the first major to happen in that year’s disc golf season. While this is a huge event that players from around the world attended, it’s not the only event that utilizes the course.
On a bi-yearly basis, alternating with the Aussie Open, the DUDE Pro tournament kicks off the season with a two-day event that takes place toward the end of January. Many clubs and leagues also choose Mundaring as their home course, and events associated with local schools also use the expansive course to teach kids about disc golf.
If you ever find yourself visiting Western Australia, head out to Mundaring to take a peek at Australian disc golf history. Turf tee pads, DISCatcher baskets, and awesome amenities make this course a must-have on anyone’s bucket list.