With a mighty swing of the arm, Brian Hurst launched his disc low to the ground in a right to left direction. The disc bent around a group of oak trees and curled up around the basket some 265 feet away. “That’s what you call a lay-up,” said Hurst as he gently tossed the disc into the basket for a birdie.
Playing partner Pat Quinn also scored a birdie on the hole, but Quinn’s drive ended up some 50 feet from the target. Quinn had a much more challenging putt. He threw a dart and rattled the chains like a long time veteran of the game.
Quinn and Hurst were playing a round of Disc Golf at Bayville Farms Park in Virginia Beach. Built in 1977 by Ed Headrick, the course at Bayville is one of the oldest Disc Golf courses in the country. Wooded, flat and scenic, Bayville is considered the grandaddy of local Disc Golf in Hampton Roads.
There are 8 courses in Hampton Roads, 2 courses in Williamsburg and another down in Elizabeth City.
The game is played very much like traditional ball and club golf, but instead is played with a rubber flying disc. Like traditional golf, disc golf is almost impossible to master and great shots keep players coming back. And best of all, most courses are free to play!
The Professional Disc Golf Association is the governing body of disc golf and they have over 50,000 members. According to the PDGA, there are over 4000 courses nationwide.
It is a great recreational sport that players can just play for fun or take seriously. Local clubs hold regular tournaments and every Wednesday at 6 p.m., a women’s group meets at Bayville for a friendly and fun round of disc golf.
Quinn got hooked on disc golf some 20 years ago while in college. He is now competing at the Disc Golf World Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hurst has been playing for just two years and he says the best thing about disc golf are the people. “I believe the people who play this game are some of the nicest people I have ever met and they are the reason why I continue to play this game on a regular basis,” said Hurst.
So if you’re looking for something new and fun to play outdoors, step up to the launching pad, cock your arm back and let your disc fly! You’ll be glad you did!
Find a course near you:
Chesapeake: Northwest River Park
Portsmouth: USCG Base
Suffolk: Ace Run Ranch
Suffolk: Bennett’s Creek Park
Virginia Beach: Bayville Park
Virginia Beach: Munden Point
Williamsburg: Waller Mill Park
York County: New Quarter Park
Elizabeth City, N.C. : Fun Junktion