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2023 PDGA World Championships Preview: The Courses

TL;DR: The 2023 PDGA World Championships will be held at Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Two course will be used for the tournament: Fox Run Gold and Brewsters Ridge Gold, both challenging courses in their own right. We go over previous tournament winners and features of both courses.

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Check out our blog on Paul McBeth’s history at the PDGA World Championships, here.

PDGA World Championships Course Previews

The 2023 PDGA World Championships are being held over the course of August 30th through September 3rd in Jeffersonville, Vermont. 2023 looks to be a significant course style change from 2022 World’s, where players were forced to attack the OB ridden and long distance Jones Supreme and Emporia Country Club courses. This year, players will have to drive with pinpoint accuracy and far drives through the Smugglers Notch courses in Vermont: Fox Run Gold and Brewster Ridge Gold. 

Take a look ahead at our course previews of the 2023 PDGA World Championships courses and stay tuned for more in depth previews of both courses. 

Fox Run Gold

The Fox Run Gold course is the #7 ranked course in the world according to UDisc with a ranking of 94.49/100. The course was opened in 2015, designed by Steve Brinster and Jeff Spring. Fox run begins with an open drive into a wooded fairway with a guarded green nestled between Birch and Pine Trees. The course in general has plenty of room to open up and drive far but is mixed with tight OB and wooded tunnel shots.

The premiere and signature hole at Fox Run Gold, as said by the UDisc article, is hole 18. The hole starts on the teepad overlooking a beautifully shaped fairway curved beneath mountains behind it. The fairway is tight and lined with OB markers that lead all the way to the hidden and guarded green. With players throwing better and better each year, the conclusion of the DGPT 2023 World Champions being on hole 18 of Fox Run Gold will be exciting and pressure filled. 

Brewsters Ridge Gold

Another Smugglers Notch course and coming at the #4 highest rated course by UDisc, Brewsters Ridge Gold is going to be another exciting addition to the 2023 PDGA World Championships’ course list. Designed by Jeff Spring, the course opened in 2012 and provides players with tightly lined fairways surrounded by difficult and dense woods.

The signature hole at Brewsters Ridge is hole 10, where players must battle through a 470 foot, par 3 with a tight opening fairway and subtly guarded green. Players will have to through the disc straight with minimal fade or turn if they want to play for the birdie on hole 10 at Brewsters Ridge. Looking ahead to Fox Run Gold and Brewster Ridge in the 2023 PDGA World Championships, here’s a list of recent MPO course champions:

  1. Ricky Wysocki 2022 DGPT Playoffs: Discraft’s Green Mountain Championships
  2. Chris Dickerson – 2021 DGPT Playoffs: Discraft’s Green Mountain Championships
  3. Kevin Jones – 2020 DGPT Playoffs: Discraft’s Green Mountain Championships
  4. Paul Mcbeth – 2019 DGPT Playoffs: Discraft’s Green Mountain Championships
  5. Gregg Barsby – 2018 DGPT World Championships

It’s worth mentioning that Paul Mcbeth was runner up to both Dickerson and Jones in the 2021 and 2020 Green Mountain Championships and runner up to Gregg Barsby in the 2018 Disc Golf World Championships at Smugglers Notch.


Where is Smugglers Notch?

Smugglers Notch is a resort located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. The resort is known for having some of the best skiing in the East.

Why is it Called Smugglers Notch?

Smugglers used the rough passage to transport supplies to and from Canada during the War of 1812.

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