There are many hazards out on the course. The one thing that you want to remember when throwing on our course is DON’T THROW LEFT!!! Most of the fairways have some sort of hazard or drop off to the left so please be careful if your disc goes left and you must retrieve it. Another hazard that you will find throughout the course is standing water. Standing water is especially a problem in the spring time. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes.
Playing Disc Golf:
The rules to Disc Golf are very similar to ‘Club Golf’ you know the type that Tiger Woods plays. You tee of from the same place, which is usually behind a wooden marker that has what Hole it is, distance from tee pad to basket, and the PAR number written on it. To choose who throws first you can just choose between yourselves or you can flip for first. The side of your disc with writing on it is heads. You throw your disc and after everyone in your group has thrown then you may proceed down the fairway. The person whose disc landed furthest away from the basket gets to throw first. This courtesy keeps everyone safe from getting hit with a disc. When it is your turn you pick your disc up and stand where it was laying. From this spot you throw again for the basket. On some of the holes at our course there are specific out of bounds. All of the roads are out of bounds. If you throw out then you add a one throw penalty, a point to your PAR, and you throw your disc at the place that it went out of bounds. Do your honest best to decide where this was.
Basic Disc Golf Terms:
Throw- This is the act of advancing the disc towards the basket. This can be done with any of the different styles, backhand, forehand, or rollers.
Lie- The spot where your disc comes to rest. This is the spot that you pick up your disc and throw from.
PAR- like in club golf each hole has a set PAR, the desired number of strokes or in your case throws it takes to land your disc in the basket. We have a varying PAR all throughout the course. It is indicated at each tee pad.
Drive- Any throw off the tee pad or a throw from the fairway designed for maximum distance.
Putt- The final throw(s) of the hole aimed at getting your disc in the basket. These are short distances throws.
Ace- In club golf it is known as a hole in one. Landing the disc in the basket on your first throw, on that hole from the tee pad is considered an ace. Be sure to let us know if you get one!
Description of each Hole:
Be careful of the little cluster of trees to your left and of the student center to your right. When you go to where your disc is laying you will have to cross a little run-off stream. It gets a little muddy trying to jump across so you can take the risk or just walk around to the path to the right or through the little path into the woods. After you make it in the basket continue to the right, if you were facing the road and tennis courts, and you will come to Hole 2.
Hole 5- This is the shortest Hole on the course with only 135 ft to throw and it is a PAR 3. Hole 5 is a nice throw because there is a big gob pile right behind the basket. A gob pile is a huge pile of extra and unusable coal from the coal mining days. All of the land behind the school is reclaimed land from when it was used for coal mining. If you go beneath the layer of leaves and dirt you will run into the excess coal. The basket is slightly more elevated then the area to the front so be wary of a possible rolling disc. There is also a pro pad that adds an additional 35ft. To get to it, walk past the regular pad and make a left turn on the obvious path. To get to Hole 6 follow the trail to the right, when you are facing the gob pile, and head up along the dirt path. The tee pad for Hole 6 will be on the right of that path.
Hole 14- Hole 14 is a 150 ft. throw and it is a PAR 3. This is a fun hole to throw but it has a major hazard. There is a 50 ft. drop just a few feet from the basket. Keep away from the edge. The edge of the cliff is not the strongest so please stay on the path and behind the fence that is there. As you look out to the tee you will notice that there is 30-40ft flat area in which to land your disc if you can’t make the basket. If you throw too short you have to go into the ditch. Throw to far and you have to climb down the steep hill behind the basket. We have put many fallen trees on the hill behind the basket in case your disc is rolling. Hopefully it will stop closer to the top of the hill. Good luck with your throw!
Hole 17- This is a 170 ft. throw and it is a PAR 3. This throw is a straight shot, right through the trees. It may look like an easy throw but it isn’t. You have to either go through, over, or around the grove of trees. In the fall this is a beautiful hole because the leaves turn red and orange and yellow. It’s like throwing through sunshine. After you get to the other side of the trees and get your disc out of the basket head left towards the pond. The tee pad will be painted on the ground right in front of the two stone pillars standing tall and the stone block on the ground.
Hopefully this write up has helped you learn a bit more about our Disc Golf Course and about Disc Golf in general. We hope that you bring your friends and family and come throw discs at