July 26, 2006
This sport is a combination of two that you definitely have heard of--golf mixed with ultimate Frisbee. Blended together you get disc golf.
"People pay thousands and thousands of dollars to play golf and you can come out and play disc golf for free. You have the same frustrations. You get the same enjoyment. You're in the woods, you're in nature, and you have a great time," said Jesse Pritchard of the Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club.
Disc golf, more commonly known as Frisbee golf, is a played just like regular golf. Players tee off in a tee box and have to get the disc into a 3-foot wide basket that is suspended in the air. Along the way players use different disks instead of different irons.
"We have the long range drivers, which are very low-profile. Then we have the mid-range drivers which have a little more rounded edges. The putters are kind of fat and tall and they don't fly nearly as far," said David Vance, president of the Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club.
Beginners can pick-it-up pretty easily, but it does take practice.
"Initially people have a very difficult time because they are used to throwing one of the regular Frisbees, like a wham-o disk. These don't fly the same way. They don't float in the air. They just crash to the ground," said Vance.
There are four courses in central Virginia and maybe 30 across the state, but the gem of the region is at Walnut Creek.
If you're interested in learning how to play Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club meets every Saturday at either Walnut Creek or Greene County Community Park.