Disc Golf: Soaring in Kamloops

By James McCreath

While ordinary golfers are usually a buttoned-up bunch, the B.C. disc golf championship — the Battle of B.C.— held at Rose Hill on Sept. 22 displayed a motley crew of mullet cuts, tie-dyed t-shirts and dog-toting disc-men.

Disc golf and ball golf do have similarities.

A golfer’s round is measured in relation to par; birdies are good, bogeys are bad. The course consists of 18 “holes.”

But instead of swinging at a ball, disc golfers throw their discs (or Frisbees) at specially designed baskets.

Some of the B.C. championship disc golfers were aiming for the provincial competitive title, while others appeared to be contending for strangest ensemble. Undoubtedly some players were trying for both.

But the arresting apparel didn’t stop the players from unleashing an arsenal of incredible shots.

What these golfers can do with a disc must be seen to be believed.

They can float the disc 50 feet into the air, clearing the tallest of Ponderosa pines, or roll the disc more than 400 feet under the forest canopy.
A small gallery was on hand to watch the players seemingly defy the laws of physics.

“I don’t believe that,” said one fan.

“He got through! How, I don’t know,” added another.

“Nice shot. Son of a gun. Gee whiz, how’d he do that?”

After seeing a player send the disc into the basket from what appeared to be an impossible angle, one fan jokingly asked the player for his autograph.

The player defended his skill by saying: “This game is played on a four-inch course. The one between your ears.”

One player, whose disc had found a spot among a group of pines, surveyed the conditions, then flailed the disc in an overhand motion, sending the disc sailing on its side, only to catch a stream of air and land softly, wrong side up, just inches from the basket. 

This is the world of disc golf.