The goal of disc golf may be a hole-in-one, but players have a much different way to get to the green.
Spun off from traditional golf, players use three kinds of Frisbee-like discs — a driver, a mid-range and a putter — to reach the above-ground holes called baskets, usually in hopes of beating the course par.
“It’s much like golf except instead of clubs and balls, you use discs and a basket,” Mike Shiplack, director of the Regina Disc Golf Association (RDGA), said on Wednesday while demonstrating the sport for Metro at Douglas Park.
“It’s just a walk through the park, and an excuse to get out and explore.”
Amid growing interest from Regina residents, the association is holding its first 18-hole tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31 with temporary baskets and fairways at Douglas Park. The entry fee is $30 per player.
“Although it’s not a very popular sport on mass, it does have its followers — so we are hoping to draw people in from Saskatoon,” said Shiplack. “Part of the reason why we made it Aug. 31 is to try to play off the extra tourism that will come through for the Labour Day Classic.”
Many of the RDGA’s 100 members have been playing the leisure sport for years, though several have had to travel to other cities — from Saskatoon all the way to Kelowna, B.C. — to use permanent courses.
Teaming with the Wascana Centre Authority, the RDGA — which was created earlier this year — is planning to build a permanent 18-hole course by next spring at Douglas Park.
They have about half of the $13,000 to $15,000 they need to build the course. Once it’s constructed, it would be open to all members of the community.
“Everyone can play the game,” Shiplack said. “If you can pick up and throw a disc five feet, you can eventually finish a hole.”