Milan Open course tested

The organisers thought it would be a good idea to try out the 18-hole course designed by local boy Alfredo Lazzarin in preparation for the Milan Open which is taking place at the end of the month. So, on a beautiful morning, sunny and warm with a touch of autumn, 16 players gathered together for “the Prova Generale” at the Lambro Disc Golf course in Milan.

The course is set in a park of mature trees and open spaces where sometimes you can go for long drives and rollers and at other times you have to get technical and place your throws carefully. There are two densley-wooded par three  holes but I saw them both birdied so if you can find it there’s always a line to the basket. There is a nod to our friends at Chili Open with a triple mando but this time we have young and  mature silver poplars instead of  motorway bridges. There is also an island hole which will test even the most expert players.

4 groups of 4 took about 2 and a half hours to play the 18 holes and we were a bit quicker on the second round. Best round of the day was -3 and most experienced players were going three or four over par. It’s a good idea to pack your favourite roller discs because if it stays dry they will be useful.

There were lots of smiles at the end of a great day playing disc golf and the course is looking really good for the end of the month when the colours of the trees will be at their best. If you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time. We already have a very nice looking international field so come to Milan and maybe one day, after finishing playing the 20th Milan Open, you will be able to look back to the first edition and say, ” I was there “.

Charles Pickthall

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