If you’re looking for a fun activity to play outdoors this summer, why not give disc golf a try? If you’ve never heard of it before, allow us to explain it to you! We’ll also give you some top tips on where you can find great courses in the UK, so read on to find out more…
Disc Golf is also known as Frisbee Golf, but Frisbee is actually a brand name for a flying disc – you learn something new every day! The aim of the game with disc golf is to get your disc into the various targets around the course – they look like metal baskets which are elevated off the ground. It’s similar to golf in that you have a ‘tee area’ and you aim to get your disc into the target with the fewest possible throws.
The course usually has 9 or 18 ‘holes’ so the length of time it takes to complete depends on how good you are, much like a game of golf! The game has been around for about a hundred years and there’s even a Professional Disc Golf Association. The discs used tend to be a bit smaller and heavier than the Frisbees you’re probably used to, but you’ll soon get the hang of it after a few throws.
Here’s some ideas for Disc Golf courses that might be near to you:
So where can you play in the UK?
Quarry Park Disc Golf, Leamington Spa
Based in the Midlands, this venue was purchased and landscaped specifically for Quarry Park Disc Golf. This June they’re hosting one of the 9 events on the disc golf European Tour, the 25th Quarry Park Open. Players will be competing for a top payout of over €2,000 and there’s £1,000 up for grabs for a hole in one captured on film on hole 8 of the black course!
Flyers Disc Golf, Cornwall
Flyers Disc Golf offers three courses in one: a 9-hole course for beginners, a 12-hole advanced course and an 18-hole course for those that really know what they’re doing! The location is stunning, set in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and overlooked by an historic Tudor house. There are a few places to eat and drink while you’re there so you can really make a day of it.
Manchester Disc Golf, Stretford
Longford Park near Manchester is the home of an 18-hole disc golf course with a difference. Funded by the Trafford Council and other organisations, this course is unique as it’s always open and free to use, you just pay a minimal fee for hiring the discs (or bring your own). Since building the course they’ve also planted over a thousand trees in the park, making it a lovely area to play in.
Croydon Disc Golf Club, London
If you’re in or near the capital, then this is the place to go for an 18-hole course at Croydon Disc Golf. It’s based in Lloyd Park in Croydon with lovely park surroundings and also offers a 9-hole course for beginners. Head down on the 4th of August to celebrate National Disc Golf Day, with the ticket price including your own discs and coaching, as well as great offers on memberships.
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