Disc golf classic on the Isle of Mull this weekend
THE Isle of Mull has had a full-time disc golf course at Fanmore since 1992. This year sees the 25th anniversary of the Isle of Mull Classic with players from nine countries competing on both the International Euro tour event and the National British Disc Golf Association event.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalised in the 1970s, and shares with ‘ ball golf’ the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the ‘hole’. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets – the most common is called a Pole Hole®, an elevated metal basket.
The Mull event is ripe with history – from its inception in 1981 through to the first event in 1992, moving from snow posts as targets to metal baskets, surviving the footand-mouth year and where many overseas players as well as British and Euro tour players have graced the slopes of Gremlin’s Croft to battle for the Mull Craich. This year, in honour of 25 years and as part of the Euro tour, the Isle of Mull Classic will see the full championship course in action and prize money offered for the first time.
The course at Fanmore is set over steep croft land, with outstandingly beautiful coastal and mountain views all around – and totally exposed to the weather.
There are few trees, but with the elevation changes and wind, the course provides a huge challenge to players, the likes of which you will not experience anywhere else on the British or Euro tour.
The event has attracted some of the best European players, including veterans from Holland and young players from Germany and Denmark. British national champion James Luton is favourite to retain his open Mull title from last year and grandmaster and multiple Mull winner Derek Robins makes a welcome return to the island. Scotland is well represented from both on and off the island.
Mull is established as an essential part of the BDGA tour and is delighted to be in- cluded in this year’s Euro tour. The opportunity to visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands – to experience Mull time, the hospitality of locals, their food, drink and generosity – as well as play a few holes of golf should not be missed.
Spectators are more than welcome. The final rounds will take place at 1pm 4pm on Sunday April 16 with awards and a raffle for local community causes immediately after the end of play.
A competitor in action during a recent Isle of Mull Disc Golf Championship.
Determination written all over the face of this competitor as he aims for the basket.