Putting around? Toss a disc into a pole hole

In the last 30 years or so, new sports have cropped up with unflagging regularity. The handful of regular sports that most people grew up with has expanded to include many extreme varieties that have taken so-called recreational activities to new levels of challenge and competition.
Take biking, for example: as a healthful alternative to driving, or a yearly Tour de France spectacle, it was a fairly simplistic exercise. Then somebody biked up a hill, over bumpy ground, and a new sport was born. Clubs, courses, and the requisite gear followed in rapid succession.
Whatever your physical capabilities, there is a sport to match. And here’s a new addition to the choices: The Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club, in cooperation with Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, announces construction of an 18-hole disc golf course at Walnut Creek.
Disc Golf began in 1975 when the inventor of the Frisbee, “Steady” Ed Headrick, designed and built the first “pole hole,” a disc catching device consisting of a pole with chains and a basket to catch the disc.
The game’s played with many of the same rules as traditional golf, except instead of clubs a flying disc is used. The discs include drivers, mid-range discs, and putters. Golf discs can be thrown much farther than a Frisbee, with the current world record at 820 feet.
Walnut Creek Park Disc Golf Course was designed by BRDGC member and touring disc professional Michael Bonday. The course includes two pin placements and two tees for each hole and has a good mix of terrain including fields, woods, and water holes. The course has been funded totally through sponsorships for each hole and was constructed through the volunteer efforts of the BRDGC.
Hole sponsorships are $450 for the lifetime of the course; each sponsor will have their name printed on the tee signs installed at each teeing area. Currently the club has 10 sponsorships including The Blue Moon Diner, Chameleon Silk Screen Company, and private individuals. Lifetime membership in the BRDGC is only $25.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole or becoming a member of the BRDGC should contact Geoff Ballard at 243-0975. The Blue Ridge Disc Club meets every Monday at the picnic pavilion at Walnut Creek  for lessons and league play at 6pm. For more information check the club’s website: avenue.org/brdgc.

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