Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) through its Community Health and Wellness Funds had a Frisbee golf course installed in Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.
Wendi Waugh, Director of SOMC Cancer Services/Community Health and Wellness said the funds to install the course came from other events in the area such as, Amazing Race and most recently Ash Dash.
When asked about the reasoning for the course installation, Waugh said, “We wanted something the whole community could enjoy and something that was free. The park was a perfect place, because it’s open to the public. Secondly, we do a lot of events associated with Earl Thomas Conley Park.”
Waugh said the staff at the park was excited when approached about installing a Frisbee golf course.
“This is something everyone could enjoy,” Waugh said.
She said to play the game, participants will have to bring their own set of Frisbees and those are available for purchase at major retailers.
Waugh said the disks are similar to golf clubs in the fact that the user will have disks called a putter.
“You choose your disk, just like you would choose your golf club,” Waugh said. “Some people get really serious about this.”
Waugh said the course will be listed on four different websites, inviting players to use the course.
She said a digital score card is being worked on so participants care keep track on their phone. There are also efforts being made to have paper score cards available at the course.
The Frisbee golf course is nine holes, with different pars for each hole.
According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, “Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with a base of almost 80,000 members, is the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional.”
For more information about disk golf and how to play it visit, www.pdga.com.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT