An exciting recreational opportunity this summer is a new 9-hole Disc Golf Course at Zane Dmytryshyn Park in Warman. The first tee is at Lakeridge Drive, just across the street from Crystal Springs Lake.
The objective of disc golf is to complete a course by throwing a disc into a metal basket in the fewest “throws” (similar to “strokes” in golf). Each player needs at least one disc, but there could be three: a driver (a very flat, fast moving disc designed to glide for long distances), a mid-range (a bit heavier and thicker than drivers, made to be steady, straight flyers) and a putter (the heaviest and thickest discs, built to stand up to hitting the metal baskets). Atlas Outdoors and Recreation in Warman carries a selection of Disc Golf discs, so stop in to get yours!
The game starts with each player throwing from the tee. A player can run up to gain more momentum on the throw. The disc can be thrown like a frisbee with a backhand type motion, or with a forehand flick like a side-armed pitcher. Each technique takes a bit of practice. Players takes turns throwing the first shot off the tee. The course may have some natural obstacles to the flight of the disc but the terrain must not be altered by the players in any way. Players must play the course as they find it. There are no rules against having more than four players tee off together in disc golf but if a team is holding up players behind them, it is considerate to let them play through.
Each successive throw is made from where the previous throw landed. The player farthest away from the basket always goes first to avoid anyone getting hit with a disc (it hurts!). At this point a player may want to switch discs to a mid-range, leaving a disc on the ground as a marker. The front foot should be behind the marker disc when throwing. When putting (the shorter throws closest to the basket using the putter disc), it is a common throwing method to place the index finger along the rim of the disc and the thumb on top. Fan the other three fingers underneath and toss the disc in front of the body using a rocking motion towards the basket. When each player has landed his or her disc in the basket the hole is completed. Proceed to the teeing area of the next hole until all holes have been played.
Keep track of the number of throws each player has on each hole using a scorecard (you can print one out here). The player with the lowest score wins. It’s not a bad idea to occasionally forget about a scorecard and just play for fun! (The scorecard can also be found on the Parks and Playground page on this website under Zane Dmytryshyn Park)
A few of the rules of our Warman course to keep in mind are: Park patrons have priority and always let them know that you're playing disc golf so they have the opportunity to get out of the way. Please be careful that your discs don't land in area residents' back yards as you are not permitted to retrieve your discs from private property. If you must retrieve your disc from a private yard, don't trespass - go around to the front door and ring the bell to ask for permission. Remember you are liable for any damage your discs cause. Dogs must be leashed, don't litter, let smaller groups play through and all throws on or over the road should be brought back into the course. All of the rules specific to the Warman course are posted before the first tee along with the course map.
Disc golf is free to play so it is an inexpensive way to spend some fun recreational time with family and friends. Residents of Warman are fortunate to be able to learn and enjoy the sport this summer, so gather your discs and your friends and get throwing!
For a complete listing of all the rules of disc golf, click here.