Big plans for disc golf course

Fun new sport set to get fly­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Peter Car­ruthers peter.car­ruthers@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

DISC GOLF: The Whit­sun­days has a mem­ber of the Pro­fes­sional Disc Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and he wants to cre­ate a course in Can­non­vale.

This week Paul Rus­sell con­firmed post Cy­clone Deb­bie the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil was also in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing a nine hole course in the Can­non­vale Beach Foreshore Re­serve.

So what is disc golf? A hugely pop­u­lar sport in Amer­ica and grow­ing here in Aus­tralia, the sport is sim­i­lar to reg­u­lar golf but a fris­bee is used in­stead of a ball and in­stead of a hole the disc is thrown to­ward a ver­ti­cal pole and caught by hang­ing chains.

Rus­sell said with the vol­ume of in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and in­ter­est from the na­tional body, there had never been a bet­ter time to lay out a course in Can­non­vale’s Lions Park.

In the im­me­di­ate wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie Rus­sell said coun­cil had put sport and recre­ation on the back-burner but now one year on things were dif­fer­ent.

“I have al­ready cre­ated a course through this park and marked out four holes,” he said.

The CEO of Disc Golf Queens­land has also con­tacted Rus­sell in re­gard to in­clud­ing the Whit­sun­days on a disc golf tour of the state.

“It’s an in­ter­na­tional sport,” Rus­sell said.

“At any given day in Air­lie there will be 10 or 15 peo­ple who play disc golf. It’s huge in the US, its huge in Europe.

“If back­pack­ers knew there was a disc golf course here there would guar­an­tee peo­ple down here play­ing.

Sim­i­lar to the Field of Dreams mantra Rus­sell said “if you build it they will come”.

A lim­ited out­lay of $1000 would buy nine bas­kets.

“You don't need mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture or con­crete slabs. You re­ally only need nine bas­kets and a mowed area for a tee line.

To con­tact Paul for free starter packs, call

0488 089 033.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

FLY­ING FUN: Paul Rus­sell takes a shot at the hole set up in Lions Park in the Can­non­vale Beach Foreshore re­serve.

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