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Don Lane
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2000 4:23 pm    Post subject: Disc Golf Article in Ottawa X Press Reply with quote

Check out the Aug. 31st issue of Ottawa X Press for some good coverage on the course. There are several pics as well.

I met a few couples who had come out to the course just because of the article, and some of them already had their own discs!

One of the Maison de Velo interpreters said he is been receiving a lot of questions about the course and the rules. As a result they have now run out of scorecards and rule sheets. Can someone please stock them up?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2000 12:09 am    Post subject: Disc Golf Article in Ottawa X Press Reply with quote

the article Don refers to was also published on-line. to save y'all a few points and clicks, here it is:

A new spin on a grand old game

by Sarah McGregor

Hole two, par three, 394 feet.

The target's not in sight and it doesn't matter -- it's impossible to predict a flight path when the drive's
flung from the hand of a first-time player, whose not particularly known for her athletic prowess.

Run to the tee, crank the arm forward, keep it low, snap the wrist and release. Damn, shanked it
again.

While wading through high grass searching for the disc, one understands why this hole is aptly called
Weed City. Note to self -- keep an eye on location of falling disc.

"You're doing well. Everyone plays poorly their first time out."

Easy for Ottawa's forefather of the sport to say.

***

In some circles, it's called frolf; players refer to it as disc golf.

The sport is a meld of two games -- frisbee and golf. And it basically offers players the best of both
worlds -- the liberation of launching a frisbee at full force, without the need of a strong arm or the
ability to catch, and the leisurely pace of golf, minus the snobby clubs, fashion shows or green fees.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, except players use a flying disc (aka Frisbee) instead of
a ball and club. The object of the game is the same -- propel the disc (golfball) into the elevated
basket (hole) in the fewest number of shots. One throw (stroke) is counted for each shot.

Like golf, on the first shot of each hole the disc is thrown from a tee area, that bears a sign stating the
hole number, the par and the distance. With each shot the player progresses down the fairway,
throwing the next time from where the disc landed. There are different discs, for different shots -- a
driver, a putter and mid-range discs that curve one way or another. The course has trees, shrubs,
fairway changes and obstacles along the way.

There are a few other basic rules to disc golf: the player whose disc is the furthest from the basket
goes first; at a tee the person with the least number of strokes on the previous hole throws first; a disc
must land in the basket (not on it) for the shot to count as in the hole; and, any person whose disc
lands two metres above the ground, on asphalt, cement or water incurs a one-stroke penalty.

Unlike golf, disc golf athletes are encouraged to play the game any way they want.

***

Disc golf is huge in the United States; Texas alone has 100 courses, some equipped with pro shops
and clubhouses. The Professional Golf Disc Association has over 16,000 members in 20 countries.

With courses in Ontario since the '70s, it's unbelievable how little attention has been given to the
sport, locally. In fact, many Ottawans probably aren't aware of the three-year-old Ottawa Disc Golf
Club Park, located in Jacques Cartier Park in Hull.

"My biggest thrill is coming out to the park and seeing people playing that I've never seen before,"
says Peter McKinnon, the aforementioned forefather. McKinnon estimates about 200 different
players come out to the Ottawa Disc Golf Club course per season, and about a quarter of those are
regulars.

McKinnon started planning the course in 1995, hitting one dead-end after another convincing
different levels of government to allow the course in its park. In July 1998, the National Capital
Commission (NCC) approved a contract for nine holes to be set up in Jacques Cartier Park. The
core funding came from the sale of 17 charter memberships, at $200 each. The Ottawa-Carleton
Ultimate Association pays a portion of the club's insurance.

With core sponsorship by CD Exchange owner Rob Wormald, McKinnon was able to add three
more holes this season. Next year six additional holes will be established, making it an 18-hole
course. A full course means the Ottawa Disc Golf Club Course can now be ranked by the PDGA,
and money-making tournaments can start.

It's been hard to find sponsorship, considering the NCC doesn't permit advertisers' names on any
signs in the park. This year, McKinnon says the season was abruptly interrupted when an NCC
project, Future Trek, took over the park for a month with its tent city.

"We're pretty much at the mercy of the NCC," says McKinnon, who dismantles the Poles Holes
(elevated baskets) every November and sets up them up again in May.

The delay this year meant all four tournaments were rescheduled for September and early October.

The next tourney is The Pole-hole-ka on Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon.

Teams consist of a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend duo, to ensure a man or woman doesn't team
up with a member of the opposite sex based on their ability. The cost is about $10 or $15 a person,
which includes food and drinks. The Plaid Jacket Open, the most serious tournament of the year
through which the winner claims major bragging rights, will be held Sept. 30. The Mystery Doubles
(the worst and best players are teamed up) and the Tree-oh (players play best ball for one round,
and worst ball the other) will be scheduled within the next two months.

The course has been a breath of fresh in a park that's crawling with sexual predators -- a key reason
why the NCC allowed the disc golf course in the park to begin with, explains McKinnon. (Go with
friends, based on first-hand experience I can attest to the sickos that still are very much part of the
park.)

The course is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During business hours discs can be
borrowed, free of charge, at the Maison Du Velo. It is free to play.

Wormald sells the discs, for about $15 each, and Gaia clothing and footwear at CD Exchange, 142
Rideau St. and in the Towngate Plaza (Bank and Hunt Club).

For more information visit the Ottawa Disc Golf Club website at www.geocities.com/ottawadiscgolf.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2000 8:16 am    Post subject: Disc Golf Article in Ottawa X Press Reply with quote

Congrads to Peter and Rob, that is a great article! Hopefully we will see more and more in the near future.

Great job guys!
Steve

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2000 9:40 am    Post subject: Disc Golf Article in Ottawa X Press Reply with quote

I also posted it on the website on a new page. I'll put future articles on the course in the same location.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2000 9:00 am    Post subject: Disc Golf Article in Ottawa X Press Reply with quote

Who are those sexy disc golf players. They make disc golf look good!
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