The Ultimate Adventure Centre presents: Ultimate Disc Golf!
You may have heard of Ultimate Frisbee (formally known as Ultimate), but the newest addition to the Ultimate Adventure Centre’s repertoire is even more ultimate than Ultimate itself… Introducing: Ultimate Disc Golf!
What on earth is Ultimate Disc Golf?
Disc golf, also known as ‘frisbee golf’, is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target, following rules similar to golf. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a ‘target basket’, as they would aim for the hole (or ‘cup’) in golf, throwing again from the landing position of the disc until the target is reached.
The number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole, and the course, in the lowest number of total throws.
What’s so ‘Ultimate’ about it?
Here at the UAC we’ve worked with former Disc Golf World Champion, Charlie Mead, to design a course that is deserving of its Ultimate title! Our 9 hole course has been engineered to be engaging and fun for everyone: from families to serious players of all ages and abilities, with holes ranging from 60m-120m. All along the course you will be surrounded by spectacular 360° vistas of the beautiful North Devonshire countryside, with sheep as moving obstacles!
A little history
Disc golf’s history dates back to the early 1900s, when a group of Canadian schoolboys played a game of throwing tin lids into 4 foot wide circles drawn into sandy patches on their school grounds, which they called Tin Lid Golf.
However, the game that we know and love today really started to take off in the early 1960s, with multiple groups of people playing different versions of the game independently throughout the decade.
In 1982 the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) hosted the World Championship Tournament, and today disc golf tournaments are popular around the world. In fact, the game is played in 40 countries with about 44,000 active members of the PDGA worldwide!
Some techniques and tips
Whether you’re a first-timer or and old hand at the sport, we want to share a few basic tips and techniques so that you can get the most out of your Ultimate Disc Golf experience!
There are two basic throwing techniques: backhand and forehand (or sidearm). It’s useful to think of backhand and forehand shots in tennis in order to visualise how to execute these two techniques.
To perform a backhand throw, the disc is rapidly drawn from across the front of the body, and released towards a forward aimpoint. This throw is useful for covering longer distances. For a forehand throw the disc is drawn from behind and partially across the front of the body.
There are also more advanced techniques that you can develop, including sidearm throws (where the palm faces towards the target and the thumb sits on the flight plate with the index and middle fingers underneath the disc with one or both fingers pressed against the rim), roller shots (where most of the distance comes from rolling the disc on the ground), and putting (a throw from within 10m or less).
Now it’s your turn…
Whether you’re just playing for fun, or you wish to develop your disc golf skills, our Adventure Staff will be on hand to give help and demonstrations to anyone in need!
So there you have it, all you need to know about Ultimate Disc Golf! What are you waiting for?! Try an exciting new sport and join the growing community TODAY by contacting us on 01237 88 00 28 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org!