Disc golf is back
Ryan Summerlin May 15, 2013
It’s time to go throw some discs and bang some chains. All of the baskets are up and ready to play at the Peak One Disc Golf Course, located at the Peninsula Recreation Area in Frisco next to the Adventure Park. The course is free and open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
The 18-hole lakeside course offers an ever-changing pin set-up through gently rolling hills, around small pines and other natural obstacles, with great views of Peak 1, Dillon Reservoir and surrounding mountains.
“Every two weeks it’s different and new,” Frisco recreation coordinator Jeremy Bryson said. The pin locations will be shuffled around throughout the summer. According to Bryson, there are about 40 locations around the course where the 18 baskets can be set up; three additional pin locations are on the way and will be ready this summer.
“I like to keep it fresh,” said Bryson, who is in charge of operations and events at the course.
The Frisco course will host a number of events throughout the summer for disc golf newbies and veterans alike. The course can also be rented for private functions.
Every Tuesday evening there will be a “best disc” doubles competition. Much like best ball in golf, competitors will team up in pairs and play the best-positioned disc. The competition has a twist: Players are paired up with random partners. The idea is to “mix it up and meet new people,” Bryson said. Registration for Tuesday doubles matches is at 5:30 p.m. There is a $7 entry fee that goes toward prize money for the top finishers.
Starting in June, there will also be a league night on Thursdays. Players in league games will play with scoring handicaps to level the playing field and welcome all ability levels.
Also this summer, there will be a monthly full-moon game. Games will be held on the Friday closest to the full moon. Baskets will be lit by glows sticks, and participants will be able to attach LED lights to their discs or bring glow-in-the-dark discs. Bryson expects the cost to be around $20 per person. He also said he may be able to offer light-up discs.
Among the bigger events at the course this summer will be the Pro Disc Golf Association-sponsored Peak One Open on Aug. 31, conveniently the same day as Frisco’s Oktoberfest, Bryson pointed out.
For those not familiar with or new to the sport, remember to avoid calling it Frisbee golf. A serious disc golfer will be quick to correct you and explain that it’s far more complicated than just throwing a Frisbee. Also, to be clear, they aren’t Frisbees; they are discs.
It has become a sport with diehard players just as avid as traditional golfers. There are those who make a habit of getting out on a course every day, and the Pro Disc Golf Association is the sport’s official governing body.
Over the years, the sport has grown in complexity. Now avid disc golfers go out with as many discs in their bag as a traditional golfer has clubs. Seven to 20 discs is fairly standard for the serious disc golfer’s repertoire. There are discs that curve, drivers for distance and even putters.
For those interested in giving the sport a try, it is recommended that you start with at least three discs: a putter, a mid-range disc and a driver. A number of area sporting goods stores sell discs.
For more information and news concerning upcoming disc-golf events, visit the Frisco Disc Golf page on Facebook.
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