Frequently Asked Questions
Will we be able to use electric carts during competition? Is there a fee?
Yes. Included in the entry fee.
When will the disc golf course map be posted?
We are now creating the course map. It will be uploaded in the web site when it is finished.
What are the details for the “Optional Tour”?
Do we need to complete a separate form for the Player’s Party?
The website says “We commend first place to third place of each divisions, categories, and classifications.” Does this mean there’s no payout beyond third place in all divisions?
Prize money will be announced before the refund deadline date.
Is it just one round per day? Tee Times?
It’s shotgun start and it’s just one round per day.
Are there World Masters Games awards/recognitions?
Japan Open 2021 awards will be presented.
Will the course be open to practice before the event?
Yes. The day prior to the first day of competition.
Is this event PDGA sanctioned?
Talks are ongoing with the PDGA regarding sanctioning.
Is this a 150-class event?
No.Full weight discs are permitted.
What’s the difference between “Open” and “Professional” divisions?
This information is available here.
What’s the refund policy?
Refunds are granted before 02/28/2021 (11:59pm) Refunds not including transfer fees are returned to the participant’s requested bank account by overseas remittance. In cases where bank charges are
applicable, charges are to be paid by the recipient.
If the event is cancelled due to Covid-19, will there be a refund?
Yes. See above.
Can I watch the tournament?
You can watch both the Open Tournament and Professional Tournament for free. However, For Fukui Country Club, the venue for the Professional Tournament, you must go through reception at the entrance of the venue.
Are there companion (non-playing) registrations?
Yes. 5,000 Yen registration. This is for transportation and Player’s Party fees.
Does your PDGA membership need to be 2021 current?
Not for registration.
What does the registration fee include?
The entry fee includes shuttle bus between the host hotel and the venue, the player’s party, lunch for professional competition days, and participation in the optional tour.
What is the difference between “resident in Japan” and “resident outside Japan”?
Participants are categorized depending on the place of residence as of the time of applying for participation in the Tournament. If they live in Japan, even persons with foreign nationality will be categorized as “resident of Japan” after their alien registration cards, etc. are checked.
However, persons with Japanese nationality but live outside Japan may participate in the “resident of Japan” category as well.
How does a resident of Japan participate in the Professional Tournament?
Residents of Japan who participate in the Professional Tournament will be selected by JPDGA, the Japan Disc Golf Association, based on the JPDGA or PDGA yearly ranking, or the like, so please directly contact the JPDGA administrative office (http://www.jpdga.jp)
I have never played disc golf. Can I participate?
For the Open Tournament, held at the Sakai City Sea Nature Park and Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni from May 14 to 16, even people with no experience can participate.
However, participants must prepare the equipment needed for competition, such as discs, by themselves.
In addition, the course used for the tournament is set up targeting people with experience, so it’s considered to be rather difficult for people without experience. Therefore, we recommend advance practice. There are basic rules and manners for rounds, etc. posted on the JPDGA, etc., website so we recommend you learn these in advance.
Are there fees to experience Mikuni Festival? Where’s the best place to go to experience the Festival?
It is free to join. The festival will be held in Mikuni town, and participants will experience the Festival with residents.
Is there a host hotel? What are suggested accommodations?
Yes. Details are scheduled to be announced in November 2020.
Is there tiered registration based on player ratings?
Does anyone at the venue or accommodations speak English?
English interpreters are constantly present on the free escort bus prepared by the tournament host, inside the venue and at sites for various optional tours.
In addition, there are staffers who can speak English at the official alliance accommodation of the host, Mikuni Kanko Hotel or Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni, so please feel free to ask any question if you have some problem.