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Frisbee golf challenge and family fun day in aid of mental health charities

Frisbee golf challenge and family fun day in aid of mental health charities

Frisbee golfers at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

Frisbee golfers at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

A two-day frisbee golf challenge is being held at an activity centre in Churchill to raise money for mental health charities.

The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale has organised an ‘exciting’ new fundraiser for families and experienced frisbee golfers, which it hopes will become an annual event.

The Big Frisbee Golf (BFG) challenge is taking place at Mendip Activity Centre, in Lyncombe Drive, from April 21-22, when families and friends can battle it out on the 54-basket course across the Mendip Hills.

Club president John Murphy said: “The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale has been looking for some time for a really exciting new fundraiser which we hope will grow into a hugely popular and sustainable annual event. 

“With the help of our friends at Mendip Activity Centre, we chose the frisbee golf challenge as it is great fun, simple to play and will appeal to the whole family.

“This family-friendly event is certainly something very different from our usual fundraising activities and we are really looking forward to it. 

“We have already received generous sponsorship from many local businesses and we are sure it will be a great success.

“Rotary supports a wide range of local, national and international charities but for this year’s event the club felt strongly that the major beneficiary should be mental health charities working with children, teenagers and young adults. 

“We hope to raise a significant amount of money for Young Minds and for the Burnham charity In Charley’s Memory - together with other charities supported by Rotary.”

The event starts on April 21 with a sponsored family fun day with disc golf activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Participants can choose from family-friendly nine-hole courses or tackle 18, 36 or 54 holes.

On April 22, it is the turn of experienced frisbee golfers who can compete in the 10km discathon race or ultimate endurance 54 challenge.

The Rotary club is collaborating with Mendip Outdoor Pursuits and Thatchers Cider to host the event. 

Other activities on offer include archery, rifle shooting, axe-throwing, welly-wangling and food and craft stalls.

Tickets are available to buy online by logging on to www.bfgevent.co.uk

Originally Posted on www.thewestonmercury.co.uk by Vicky Angear

MENDIP DISC GOLF COURSE - Everything you need to know.

Use your Frisbee to traverse our new 10 hole, woodland, disc golf course in the fewest number of throws!

Mendip's New 10 Hole Disc Golf Course, one of only 35 in the country, winds through beautiful woodland and over rolling Mendip hill tops with stunning views. Originating in the USA, Disc Golf is just like traditional golf, the difference is it's played by throwing a flying disc into a metal target in the fewest throws - instead of hitting a ball into a hole. 

Disc Golf is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get active and have fun trying something new with family and friends.

A great home video shot by a family who played on our course recently...

OUR COURSE IS OPEN ALL YEAR BUT CAN GET VERY MUDDY IN THE WINTER SEASON - PLEASE WEAR WELLIES OR WALKING BOOTS AND BRING A CHANGE OF FOOTWEAR!

HOW TO PLAY DISC GOLF

1 No need to book in advance, just pick up a disc, scorecard and map in reception
2 Go to the first 'Teeing' off post 
2 Take it in turns to throw your first shot towards the basket
3 The player whose disc landed farthest from the hole throws next 
4 Once everyone's disc is in the basket, write down your scores 
5 Find your next 'Tee Post' to play the next hole
6 Add up your scores - remember the winner is the player with the lowest score! 
7 Return to reception to add your scores to our leaderboard! 

Our New 10 Hole Course winds through beautiful woodland and over hill top farmland. Our course is on fairly rugged land and is a walk of a couple of kilometers including stiles and some steep tracks. 

Walking shoes, boots or wellies are recommended. Flip flops, Crocs, sandals or open toe footwear is not suitable. The course is not suitable for pushchairs. 

Suitable for anyone over six years. Younger children are welcome to share your disc and play for free. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

Disc golf is enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life so come and try out this fun sport. Located within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our Disc Golf course is ideally located for people in Bristol. Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset or anywhere in the South West.

DISC GOLF FEES
All day pass: Adult £4.90
All day pass: Under 16 £3.90
All day pass: Under 6 FREE
Includes disc hire, scorecard, instructions and map

LOCATION
Open 7 days a week
Mendip Activity Centre
Lyncombe Drive
Churchill
North Somerset
BS25 5PQ

01934 834 877

Originally posted by www.mendipoutdoorpersuits.co.uk

Fancy a game of frisbee golf?

A combination of a favourite beach pastime and the tee-to-green discipline makes for a surprisingly enjoyable family outing Matt Cutler clasps a blue Frisbee. He eyes a metal structure – a disc golf basket. Not only does it seem at least a third of a mile distant, it is in the middle of dense woodland. If Cutler thinks he’s going to get his Frisbee anywhere near the basket, surely he will be disappointed. 

Spin doctors: Alex Wade and family play Frisbee Golf Photo: Jay Williams

Spin doctors: Alex Wade and family play Frisbee Golf Photo: Jay Williams

Positioning himself carefully, and looking as if he is about to go into battle, Cutler has one last look at the basket. Suddenly, he takes four or five rapid steps to the edge of the teeing-off area and unleashes his Frisbee with a smooth and yet powerful sweep of his right arm. I watch, mesmerised. Somehow Cutler’s Frisbee spins elegantly through the air, avoiding trees, branches and undergrowth to land within a foot of the basket. 

“That’s the idea,” says Cutler. “Now it’s your turn.”

I’m taking part in a disc golf contest amid the Mendip Hills. Like me, my fellow competitors are new to disc golf. My brother, Chris, his sons Sam and George and my son Elliot have signed up to see what it’s all about – and there is a sceptic in our midst. 

“I don’t get it,” was Elliot’s verdict when we arrived at the Mendip Activity Centre, the home of a 10-hole disc golf course. “How can throwing a Frisbee be a sport?” In vain did I tell Elliot, 17, that a long time ago – while at university – I’d been part of an Ultimate Frisbee team. Now known simply as “Ultimate”, the game grew out of the American counterculture of the Sixties. Two mixed-gender teams of seven play against each other, the aim being to pass a Frisbee to a team member in the opposing team’s end zone. Physical contact barely occurs and players cannot take a step once in possession of a Frisbee; to add to Ultimate’s sense of sporting nonconformity, the game relies on players’ sense of fair play rather than referees to enforce rules. 

Elliot is not convinced. His doubt lessens, though, as Cutler reveals not only that there is a British Disc Golf Association (BDGA) but that the Professional Disc Golf Association hosts annual world championships. “It’s a great community,” says Cutler, who is ranked second on the BDGA national tour. “We play at courses up and down the country. There’s always a really good atmosphere. It’s a fun day out.” 

Cutler explains that disc golf “is just like traditional golf, but instead of a golf ball and clubs, you use a Frisbee”. The aim is to throw the Frisbee from a tee area to a hole, or target, the most common form of which we can see on the Mendip course – an elevated metal basket. “As you progress round the course,” says Cutler, “you have to begin again at the place where your Frisbee last landed. You complete each hole when you’ve successfully landed the Frisbee in the basket.” 

It sounds simple enough – and is pleasingly democratic, too. Disc golf is nothing if not inclusive: anyone can play – men, women, children – of whatever age and ability. There is little by way of etiquette beyond an insistence on fair play, and nothing of the snobbery than can plague golf clubs. You can even have a drink while playing, though it won’t make for speedier course completion. 

Like golf, equipment varies. Cutler shows us 20 Frisbees of differing size and weight. “Just as you have different clubs, depending on the range of the hole, you have different Frisbees for different parts of the course.” He advises starting with lighter Frisbees because they fly straight and glide well, and shows us the correct throwing technique: the disc is held firmly with four fingers under the rim and thumb over the top, and released by a flick of the wrist, once we’ve reached back and pulled through in a horizontal motion with our throwing arms. “Try and be smooth and loose in the first part of the throw, then finish strongly,” says Cutler. “It’s much more about good technique than strength.” 

Our first attempts are promising. Cutler advises a little less force here, a touch more style there, but we seem to have the hang of it, so he devises a competition. It’ll be the Bristol Wades – Chris, Sam and George – against the Cornwall Wades, myself and Elliot. He gives me scorecards, so we can enter how many throws it takes each person to complete each of the 10 holes. Their names, starting with Badger’s, taking in The Bumps and Blossom Blast and ending at Lyncombe Lane, suggest that disc golf enthusiasts enjoy their jargon. This turns out to be true: Cutler is adept at any of hyzers (making the disc fade to the left), anhyzers (where they fade to the right) and tomahawk throws (overhand throws at a vertical angle). 

Throws of this calibre elude us, intentionally at least, but no matter: the game is entertaining, challenging and more physical than Ultimate thanks to where it’s taking place. Initially, the course wends its way through woodland; evading branches and undergrowth means that most of us take three to four throws to complete each hole. The feeling, as a disc lands in a metal basket, isn’t quite the same as scoring a goal or a try, but it’s easier than putting a golf ball and has its own curiously whimsical sense of satisfaction. Then come hills to climb before we’re atop the rolling Mendip fields. Here, we face a new difficulty – the wind. Cutler makes it look easy, taking no more than two throws for any hole. To my delight, I also complete one hole in two, and am the only one of both Bristol and Cornwall Wades to do so. 

This makes the difference. We’ve all been fairly consistent, taking three to four throws per hole, with one or two glitches. Come the final reckoning the boys score 37 each, Chris has taken 34 throws and I’m the winner with 33. I ask Elliot if he now agrees that throwing a Frisbee can be a sport. He does, and Chris suggests a rematch. I’m only too happy to say yes. It’s been fun – and at last, all these years later, playing Ultimate Frisbee at university has paid a dividend. 

A POTTED HISTORY

Disc golf was a part of the World Frisbee Championships in 1975 and was formalised in the United States in 1976, with the creation of the Disc Golf Association Company in 1976. 

The man credited with popularising disc golf is “Steady Ed” Headrick, who designed the first bespoke course at Oak Grove Park in La Cañada Flintridge, California. Headrick also designed and patented the modern Frisbee. 

Flying discs date back to the 1900s. In 1926, a group of American college students played a game of throwing tin plates at targets, which they called Tin Lid Golf. 

There are 35 disc golf courses in the UK. Professional disc golfers have up to 20 Frisbees, and take part in a tour under the auspices of BDGA. Prize money is not their motivation. 

Visit bdga.org.uk and mendipoutdoorpursuits.co.uk

Originally Posted @ www.telegraph.co.uk