Benjamin "Doc" Turner is a disc golf enthusiast who owns Combat Disc Golf in Bowling Green. He is a Tournament Director for the Professional Disc Golf Association and hosts several professional events every year.
“If you're a disc golf enthusiast, more times than not you've experienced the funny look you get when it's brought up,” Turner told me. “Although it's one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, its following is little more than underground. Disc golf, as the name suggests, was born from golf.”
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.
This Calvert City Open will take place on September 22 from 9am - 6pm. The event will have two rounds at Old Park and two rounds at Doctor’s Memorial Park. A Dynamic players’ pack will be given to the first 50 registered and tournament shirts featuring your PDGA number and name are available as an option when you register.
Entry fees for this event vary based on age group and experience. Visit discgolfscene.com for more registration information.
Disc Golf - Fun, Family and Exercise
“Chances are there is a disc golf course near your home,” Turner told me. “Other than great fun, the benefits of playing are numerous. An 18 hole round will generally include three to five miles of walking, combined with low impact movements. Playing in a group adds a competitive aspect that makes it even more enjoyable. If you're looking for something fun to try, that's family friendly and low budget, I would urge you to try it. You might just find your new favorite past time.”
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.