After the Kemptville Disc Golf Club (KDGC) was founded on the Ferguson Forest Disc Golf Course in July, discs were donated to the North Grenville Library and Kemptville Youth Center to ensure the sport is accessible to all members of the community.
KDGC President Dwayne Dowdell said that setting up the disc golf facilities was “really a joint effort.” Community Leisure Coordinator Tammy Hurlbert helped set up the North Grenville Public Library with four sets of disc golf discs.
While disc golf can be played casually with a normal frisbee, special disc golf discs are more aerodynamic and are offered in sets with different weights. Differently weighted discs can be exchanged throughout the game to accommodate unique situations, just as one would with golf clubs.
Dwayne said that Tammy “fell in love quickly, as do most people who play disc golf. And from Tammy’s experience in the North Granville recreational world, she realized that there were certain barriers to participation because of the cost of equipment. ”
Tammy made sure residents had access to the basic equipment they needed to play by placing them in the library. She bought the sets from Craig Brown at the Kemptville Training Center. Craig, who fell in love with the game himself, offers beginner kits at a discounted price.
According to Dwayne, these loaner sets are a hit with the community. There are not only no costs associated with using the disc golf course, but equipment rental is also free.
On July 21, Brian Hughes of Flyboy Aviation Disc Golf Canada in Brockville followed Tammy’s leadership and donated 5 more sets to the North Grenville Library and 5 sets to the Kemptville Youth Center.
Dwayne says the youth at KYC “hugged” it. Dwayne and Craig did a tour and briefing with some teenagers and believe the new sets are being put to good use.
Dwayne stated that KDGC members “stood up and helped promote the sport in the community because it offers so many benefits.” The sport is certainly accessible and available for a wide variety of ages, fitness levels, and physical abilities.
Dwayne’s wife, Dana Collings, notes that she appreciates that you “don’t compete with anyone but yourself. You’re just trying to be better than you were before. That takes something from the competition and just makes it a little more chilled. ”
However, for those who crave competitive advantage, the KDGC is creating a league. The league game will take place every Friday evening from August 6th. A member of the Ottawa Disk Golf Club will help the KDGC organize the numbers and statistics for the league game.
As with other league sports, players will carry their points with them throughout the season. At the end of each season, prizes are awarded for a number of divisions.
Handicaps are incorporated to give less experienced players a chance against more experienced players. A small fee is charged for the league game. While league games encourage some competition, in reality it is intended as an organized and social opportunity to play.
Dwayne encourages the community to “do this” [league] Level up, or just get out there, enjoy the outdoors and play for fun. ”Our Ferguson Forest Disc Golf Course is certainly beautiful. The course is completely non-invasive and only uses the existing environment as hazards to mess around with. “The disc golf community is really close,” said Dwayne.
“We’re bringing people here from Ottawa, Brockville, the Far East, and the far west. This place is solid with players. ”The KDGC hopes that more of the local community will become involved in the sport.
For Dwayne, “the more, the better”.