What is "Disc Golf" you ask? Well it's almost exactly the same as normal golf, but using a frisbee instead of a club and ball. Minimal coordination required. While traditional golf is about getting a ball into a hole, Disc Golf is about throwing a frisbee into a raised metal basket.
The Jesmond Park Disc Golf Course is designed with nine routes (holes) for you and your mates to wander through the weeping willows, throwing your frisbee from each marked tee area towards the mapped-out baskets.
Signposted Rules of Play and detailed map at start of Jesmond Disc Golf Course
It can be as casual as chucking a cheap frisbee around a park while aiming for a target, or as serious as using the official discs and joining the 'Thursday Doubles' Disc Golf comp. See the Newcastle Disc Golf website for more information about competitions and events.
The Jesmond Park course is free to use and there's plenty of space for kids to run around, making it a perfect school holiday activity. Alternatively, you might bring a rug to enjoy a quiet picnic and soak up the peaceful surroundings after an estimated 90-minute game of Disc Golf.
The Rules of Play are signposted at the beginning of the course, displaying rules like "subsequent throws are made from where the disc comes to rest," "a run up and follow through are allowed unless within 10 meters of the basket" and "if the disc comes to rest in a tree, the next throw is taken underneath it with no penalty." The winner is the person who takes the least number of throws to reach the end of the course – much like normal golf.
Throwers take note of Safety Rule number 3: use due care and attention when retrieving discs from the canals. With baskets sometimes sitting directly before a canal, you can almost guarantee the odd throw landing with a splash (a better outcome than stuck in a tree).
Canals are just one of the obstacles in Jesmond Park
This obscure sport was formalised in the 1970's and permanent Disc Golf courses are found in countries worldwide. For more information about Disc Golf, events, discussion groups, or to join the 3000 members of the Australian Flying Disc Association, see the Australian Disc Golf (ADG) website.