Disc golf is the newest sporting craze sweeping the nation! It’s fun, competitive, inexpensive to play and you can do it alone or in a team, no matter the age of the players. So let’s find out a little more about it…
Created in the ’60s, this game is bit like golf. You follow a similar course and begin each ‘hole’ at a designated tee. The difference is, instead of hitting a ball with a club, you throw a frisbee-like disc with the aim of getting it into an elevated metal basket in the least number of throws.The courses have pars like traditional golf, so each course has a par set for it. Over 18 holes the par can range from 54 to 72. And like golf, the winner is the person who completes each ‘hole’ with the fewest number of tries (throws).
Those who really get into the competitive side of the game will often have more than one disc to play with. Just as you would use different golf clubs to master each hole, the different discs used help you drive for distance, make your approach and putt, and even help you curve to get around obstacles.
A hugely appealing fact of disc golf is that most courses are free to play on, and you can either hire a disc (simply with a return deposit, so it ends up being free) or you can buy one for about $10.
Where can you play?
There are now more than 6000 courses worldwide. In Sydney, you can play for free at the historic Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park on weekends and in school holidays (see dates). Here you will find 18 permanent baskets to keep you challenged. There are also regular league days held on the third Sunday of each month, whereby the leagues are handicapped, so the game caters to all skill levels and everyone has a chance of winning.
Just outside Sydney, you can play at Koala Park at Colongra on the Central Coast. Established in 2015 by the Wyong Council, this course has nine baskets, which takes about 40 minutes to complete.
Take a look at this video on disc golf to see why this game is so incredibly popular…
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