Rattle the Chains – Disc Golf officially opens !

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The Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore has done it again. Through a generous donation of $10,000, the local service club has partnered with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and The Sault Disc Golf Association to enhance an outdoor recreation area and green-space. Penhorwood Park, located at Pine St & MacDonald Ave, is now the home of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Disc Golf Course  – and it is 100% free to play.  All a person needs to play, is a flying disc. #ActiveSault has one more reason to celebrate active living in the Sault’s beautiful urban parks.

The Sault Disc Golf Association’s Curtis Vanderloo explains the partnership with Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore, The City of Sault Ste. Marie and how disc golf came to Penhorwood Park.

The sport of Disc Golf was formalized in the 1970’s. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest strokes. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole®  – an elevated metal basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

The competitor who plays the stipulated round or rounds in the fewest throws plus penalty throws is the winner.

Play on each hole begins at the teeing area and ends at the target. After the player has thrown from the tee, each successive throw is made from where the previous throw came to rest. On completing a hole, the player proceeds to the teeing area of the next hole, until all holes have been played.

The Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore’s Dave Shier welcomed the crowd to officially open the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Disc Golf Course with Municipal Councillor, (Ward 2) Susan Myers.

Disc golf courses are normally laid out in and around wooded areas with diverse terrain to provide natural obstacles to the flight of the disc. These natural obstacles are very much a part of the game and must not be altered by a player in any way to decrease the difficulty of a hole. Players must play the course as they find it and play the disc where it lies unless allowed otherwise by these rules.

The official rules for Disc Golf can be found here:

http://www.pdga.com/rules/official-rules-disc-golf

The Professional Disc Golf Association is a membership based organization in 47 countries, with over 97,000 members, the PDGA is the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional.

The Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Disc Golf Course is a par 35, 12 hole beginner to mid level course.  The average distance of the baskets are 200 feet with a range from 98 to 282 feet.

The first 9 holes are wheelchair accessible holes while the last 3 holes have steep grades and rougher terrain.

Watch Municipal Councillor Susan Myers and Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore President Jack Davidson rattle the chains of a Disc Golf Basket.

There are now 4 disc golf leagues up and running in The Sault. Master League – Youth League – Pair Play League and Open League. To join a league or to learn more, the Sault Disc Golf Association is here: https://saultdiscgolf.ca/

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Lynne Brown
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