EYES ON TARGET: JPL Day participates in Ipswich’s new craze, “disc golf”, at Limestone Park on Thursday.
EYES ON TARGET: JPL Day participates in Ipswich’s new craze, “disc golf”, at Limestone Park on Thursday. Sarah Harvey

Take away the clubs and ball and you have disc golf

COLLINGWOOD Park golfer PJ Day lines up for his birdie shot at the Ipswich course at Limestone Park.

"The secret is to make sure your eyes never leave the target and keep your hand as straight as possible when you throw," he said.

His advice might confuse some people.

After all, everyone knows there is no throwing in golf - but there is if you're playing disc golf.

The burgeoning sport is similar to a traditional game of golf but instead of hitting a golf ball with a club, you throw a plastic Frisbee.

Since first taking it up seven months ago, PJ said it had quickly become one of his favourite pastimes.

The 12-year-old said he had been playing at every opportunity and advocating the sport to all his friends. He said its appeal was that it was simple to play, fun and could be played by anyone - young or old.

In the game, flying discs are used to tee up, drive, shoot mid-range and putt, all with the goal of landing a shot in a ground mounted, chain draped basket using the least number of throws.

The sport was showcased this week with a temporary nine-hole course set up at Limestone Park as part of the Active Breaks school holiday program.

Activity organiser Nathan Lee said modern disc golf had come a long way from its humble origins in 1960s California and was now played across Australia.

Mr Lee, an active member of the Brisbane Disc Golf Club, said it was his goal to bring the little known but ever-growing sport to Ipswich.

"At this stage it's all about increasing awareness of the sport," he said.

"When you mention disc golf to people at the moment, the general reaction is bewilderment."

Mr Lee, 36, has established a course at Jamboree Park in Collingwood Park and is looking to map out another one at Limestone Park.

He said Limestone Park was an ideal disc golf setting and he hoped to have something established before Brisbane hosted the Australian Disc Golf Championships in November.

"The ADG will be hosting clinics with some top US/European and Aussie players and will be looking to incorporate an event day in Ipswich as part of the program," he said.

A free disc golf open session will be held at Jamboree Park at 2pm tomorrow.

For more information visit SwichCityDiscGolf.

Basic Disc Golf Rules

  • Drives are made from a designated tee pad.
  • Your lie is the spot where your previous throw landed.
  • One stroke is counted each time a disc is thrown and each time a penalty is incurred.
  • A hole is completed when your disc comes to rest inside the basket or target.
  • The object of disc golf is to acquire the lowest score.


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