The Adelaide CBD is surrounded by some beautiful parklands. When you look over the city from above, you will notice a green belt right around it. Apart from the many shared trails and outdoor gym facilities, the Adelaide City Council has added a new reason for you and your family or your mates to come into town to explore the city. The latest addition is a disc golf course which is located on the eastern parkland bounded by Bartels Road, East Terrace & Wakefield Street. There is ample street parking on the weekends.
What is disc golf? It is like the traditional golf but you play with a flying disc or a frisbee. There are 9 "holes" in the disc golf course in the parkland. The entire course covers a distance of 830 metres and 28 pars. In golf, par is the predetermined number of strokes that a proficient golfer should require to complete a hole. Most of the holes are 3 pars. The player that plays each hole with the least number of total throw (which is called "stroke" in the disc golf world) will win. Instead of a real hole on the ground, the player aims to throw the disc towards the chains of the hole and the disc should fall nicely into the basket. The slopes of the entire course are fairly gentle which should suit all ages and abilities.
All games come with rules to make it competitive. There is a big signboard with rules on Bartels Road with a practice basket. You can read up the rules and get everyone on board before you start. Taking a picture of the signboard will also help in case you get lost. There is also a sign at each tee to show where the hole is and extra information to help you to get there.
Here are some "How to Play" rules if you want to get familiar with it before you get to the field:
1. Teeing Off Begin each hole with a throw from the tee. The winner of the previous hole throws first.
2. Fairway Play Fairway throws are taken directly behind where your disc lands. The player whose disc is farthest from the basket throws first.
3. Putting When putting from inside 10m of the basket, players must remain behind the lie of their disc until their thrown disc comes to a rest.
4. Completion of a Hole The hole is complete when the disc comes to rest inside the chains or basket. Landing on top of the basket does not count.
Other rules like penalty is important when you are playing the game in a competitive way. For example, when the disc is thrown out of boundary, add 1 stroke penalty. There are also two mandatories where the player is required to play to the left or right of that object. Failure to do so will also add 1 penalty stroke.