Looking for some free outdoor fun? try disc golf

The game is played like traditional golf, with 9 or 18 baskets on narrow “fairways”

There’s still some fun to be had these days without diving deep into your pocketbook. Disc golf is one of those ‘fringe’ sports that you should be taking a swing at if you’re looking to get outside and be ‘relatively’ active.

The beauty of this sport is that there’s most likely a course in your neighbourhood and it’s absolutely free…all you need is a frisbee.

Like traditional golf, there are tee pads and pins, fairways and courses are usually 18 holes. Unlike traditional golf, there’s no marshall pressuring you to hurry up play, no fees whatsoever and no dress code.

The City of Barrie did officially approve disc golf play at Sandy Hollow. The park is in an undeveloped area on the western edge of the city and boasts a mix of tight woods and open fields.

The course is located in the Sandy Hollow area at 434 Ferndale Drive North, in the northern section of the Barrie landfill lands. Access to the course is from the driveway beside the Ferndale Drive North Water Tower, just south of Benson Drive
The course is located in the Sandy Hollow area at 434 Ferndale Drive North, in the northern section of the Barrie landfill lands. Access to the course is from the driveway beside the Ferndale Drive North Water Tower, just south of Benson Drive

How to Play Disc Golf

  • Start from the teeing area. The player must throw from behind the front of the teeing area.
  • Subsequent shots are played from behind the spot where the previous shot came to rest. This spot is known as the “lie”. If your disc comes to rest in a tree or bush, the lie is the sport on the ground directly below.
  • A run-up and follow-through are allowed, but the player must release the disc before stepping past the lie.
  • A putt is a throw from within 10 metres (32.8 ft) of the target. When putting, you may not step past your lie until the disc comes to rest.
  • The hole is completed when the disc comes to reset in the basket or chains. The hole is not completed if the disc is resting on the top of the target.
  • If a shot goes out-of-bounds; play from either the last in-bounds location with 1-stroke penalty or retee with 1-stroke penalty.