Hamilton offering disc golf at course in city

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Published December 10, 2021 at 8:47 pm

Golf has been referred to as a good walk spoiled, but Hamilton’s recreation department believes adding the disc version is a game-changer.

The city’s recreation department has opened a championship-level 18-hole disc golf layout at King’s Forest golf course (100 Greenhill Ave.). The course, designed by Chris Ozolins of the Ontario Disc Sports Association, is open to the public until March 11, 2022.

Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee pad or a designated area toward a basket. They throw again from where the previous throw landed, until the basket is reached. The number of throws a player uses to reach each basket is tallied (as par). Like the more traditional game, the goal is to have the lowest number of throws to complete each hole.

Online reservations are required, with tickets available at 9 a.m. the day before play for reservation. Players with reservations are asked to arrive no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled session time.

An equipment lending program is available on-site, according to the rec department. Participants, specifically beginners and juniors, will be able to borrow equipment free of charge. Discs are also available for sale on-site.

Disc golf has become sufficiently popular in recent years to inspire a U.S.-based pro tour.

It has also been referenced in two comedy series that enjoy a second life in the streaming universe.

In a 2006 episode of “The Office,” the character Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) says he started a disc golf club while he was in university, adding, “I live to frolf!” A 2011 episode of the cult-favourite hangout comedy “Happy Endings” depicted the characters Dave Rose and Jane Kerkovich-Williams (Zachary Knighton and Eliza Coupe) playing disc golf.

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