What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. However, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalised in the 1970’s, and the aim is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws (as opposed to strokes in traditional golf).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is typically an elevated steel basket. As a player progresses down the fairway towards the basket he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed.
The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway.
Unlike Golf you will not be subject to a playing fee nor will you need a cart. As long as you have a disc or two playing Disc Gold will cost you nothing!
Who can play Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it the one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there. There are events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide, as well as throughout Australia.
Disc Golf in Australia & Dubbo
Disc golf started in Australia in 1986 with courses in Hobart and Perth. At present there are 25-30 disc golf courses throughout Australia, mostly concentrated in or around the capital cities. There are over 3,000 members of the Australian Disc Golf Association and 10,000 registered players worldwide.
There are currently nine courses in NSW/ACT with the only courses outside metro areas being in Mudgee, Jindabyne and Lake Crackenback. Most courses provide 9 holes often with multiple tees to create 18 holes.
Here in Dubbo we have the opportunity, with approval from Council, to install NSW’s second only 18‑hole course. This will give Dubbo an edge in attracting players from all over Australia and the world. Yes some players are that serious! We also have a strong chance of attracting State and National titles to Dubbo.
Disc golf is an ideal school sport both at primary and secondary level, perfect for social and family get‑togethers and another tourist attraction/activity that is free if you have your own Frisbee or you can hire/buy a beginners set of discs from the visitors centre.
The installation of the Dubbo course is being undertaken by Dubbo residents with the assistance of Australian Disc Golf (ADG). The construction and local activities will be organised by the Dubbo Ultimate Frisbee Federation (DUFF) until such time as a separate disc golf association is established. It is proposed to install 3 holes initially (June 2016) with the remaining holes installed within 12 months.
DUFF, with the support of Western Plains Regional Council, invite local businesses to sponsor individual holes of the 18-hole course. Each basket and tee sign costs $600 which will secure advertising on the tee sign (see opposite) for 5 years, with an option to renew for a further 5 years for a similar fee.
If you, or your business, is interested in sponsoring one or more holes (first in get to choose preferred hole) please contact:
Tim Hosking 0438 600 837 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Rugg 0427 853 224 email@example.com