Residents of the Cashier’s Area have a new form of entertainment thanks to the Jackson County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the new venue will kick off its opening with a tournament.
The Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center is hosting a disc golf tournament to celebrate the addition of a disc golf course to the center.
The game is similar and yet very different from traditional golf.
“Disc golf is kind of like a mix of playing Frisbee and your standard golf,” said Eric Farmer, site manager for parks and recreation. “It’s kind of a way to play golf without having a set of clubs, a cart and all that fun stuff. You walk strictly on the path; and you basically throw a disc into a basket.
Instead of hitting a ball from a tee, disc golfers throw a disc from a tee pad. The Cashiers course is nine holes, with poured concrete tee boxes. Unlike classic golf, players do not aim for a small hole in the ground but for a basket attached to a post. As with traditional golf, each hole has a par, or the ideal number of shots needed to put the disc in the basket. The disc is smaller and a bit heavier than the Frisbees you can buy at the local dollar store.
Just like a typical golf course, the holes on a disc golf course are not forehands to the basket.
Players will need to plan their throws around trees and other landscape features, Farmer said.
The course is already open to the public, but Parks and Recreation plans to add wayfinding signs and a few other details.
“It’s ready to play, and we have quite a few people playing it right now,” Farmer said. “People like it. They think it is very difficult. It’s one of those things where we really appreciate all the feedback we get.
The game and course can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.
So far, Farmer has seen children as young as 5 years old all the way up to senior citizens using the course.
There is no cost to play the course, but players who do not have their own discs can rent discs from the center.
The course has been listed on UDisco, an app that helps disc golfers find nearby courses.
The tournament will take place on September 17 starting at 9:30 am Registration is $15 per person. The number of participants is limited to 24. Depending on the number of people registered, the games will begin with a shotgun start.
“Seeing that it’s only nine holes, each entrant will play the course twice,” Farmer said. “There’s no disability on that; it will be completely open to all skill levels.
The tournament will not be divided by age or skill division.
Program coordinator Gabriel Frazier hopes the tournaments will become a regular event.
Farmer hopes people will join the tournament or come to watch.
“It will open the door to a new course that people may not know about, and it could introduce someone who has never even played disc golf into a new form of recreation,” he said. .
For more information or to register, call the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center at 631-2020.