Disc golf clas­sic on the Isle of Mull this week­end

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

Pho­tos: An­gus Bruce

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.

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