golffrisbeeA new version of one of the world’s oldest sports is coming to the Island in April and you can try it for free. 

Disc golf essentially combines golf with Frisbee-throwing, with the aim to try and get the flying disc into a basket in the fewest shots possible.

There is a free open day taking place at The Garlic Farm in Newchurch on Sunday 19th April between 10:00 and 16:00 where anyone is welcome to try the sport.

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The open day has been organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Sports Unit as part of the Isle be Active campaign and is supported by Sport England and the My Life a Full Life scheme.

Like your every day golf, there is a teeing area where you make your first throw or ‘drive’, you then make an ‘approach shot’ to the basket and then you are hopefully close enough to make your ‘putt’ for a par.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member whose portfolio includes leisure and sport, said:

“Disc golf is a relatively new sport in the UK. Anyone can play it and it combines a traditional sport with a recreational activity that most people would have played.

“Our sports unit is always looking for new and innovative ideas to encourage people to take part in physical activities and I am sure disc golf will be a popular choice.”

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According to the British Disc Golf Association, there are thousands of disc golf courses around the world, making it an international sport. Some of the discs used are specially designed to curve in a certain direction or fly straight, while they are small and heavy compared to the typical toy Frisbee.

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