It may not have caught on yet but a new group is hoping to bring disc golf, a game that has proven popular all over the world, to Regina.
Three years ago, David Brenneman and a group of like-minded people formed the Regina Disc Golf Association and began looking at ways to grow the sport in the Queen City. Since then, they’ve grown to a membership of 100 and are now looking at a installing a permanent course in Douglas Park.
“There really hasn’t been the following like it has gathered in British Columbia and Alberta,” said Brenneman. “I’m passionate about it. I really enjoy it. Everybody that I introduce it to, they’re like ‘Wow. This is really great.’”
Brenneman said disc golf is just like regular golf except cheaper because a set of clubs aren’t needed. The game can be played with any specialized disc (Frisbee is the name of a brand, not the actual disc), though people who get into disc golf often carry a number of different ones.
“You’ll have several discs at your selection which are shaped, sized and weighted differently in order to attain the sort of flight that you want out of them,” he said.
According to the Professional Disc Golf website, disc golf began as a competitive sport in the 1970s, though a number of variations on the game existed before then. There are thousands of courses across the globe. Those courses involve a tee off box and a number of obstacles that one must throw a disc around. In the end, the player has to land the disc in a basket.
Brenneman and the RDGA are hoping to install 18 of the baskets in Douglas Park and start up a disc golf course that would be free to the public to play on.
“I have money in place to put nine baskets in. I just have to get final approval on where I want to turn up some soil,” he said.
The RDGA is hoping to have the nine baskets in the park by this fall. They’re also planning on expanding the course to 18 holes and are holding a fundraising tournament at the end of August.