CALAIS _You don’t have to be a duffer nor visit the local country club to enjoy a round of golf this coming weekend.
On Sunday, May 6, the Washington County Community College Disc Golf Course will have its grand opening. Participants will tee off at 11 a.m. and it all ends at 3 p.m. The event course is open to the public and free of charge this weekend.
Disc golf, you ask?
It is phenomena sweeping the country and young and old alike are getting into the sport. Owned by WCCC and operated by the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC), it is the only disc golf in the county. There will be free food, door prizes and classes on how to play disc golf.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf, but without the clubs and balls. Disc golf players use golf discs and aim for a disc basket, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing at the disc basket.
The course has nine Freedom disc baskets that have been placed along the north and west end of the campus with the start and end points near the daycare playground. Score sheets, and rule sheets with maps will be available at the OAC.
And there will be lessons.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. there will be a 30-minute lesson class on how to play disc golf. Participants will learn the rules of the game and how to choose the right disc to meet their needs. Players will learn to perform the proper throws required in disc golf, including back hand and putt.
The only equipment needed is a set of discs that include a driver, mid-range club and putter. A standard Frisbee also works. The OAC does have a small selection of Innova starter discs to try out during the day of the event.
The game is easy to learn and according to Chris Woodside, Outdoor Recreation Center coordinator, a healthy activity and accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. “If you can throw a Frisbee and you like to have fun, you will like disc golf,” he said.
For more information, please contact WCCC’s Outdoor Recreation Center at 454-1060.