Who’s ready for a round of “Folf?”

Who’s ready for a round of Folf?  Yes, you read that right.  Folf, or disc golf, combines golf with a Frisbee.  Guilford’s newest amenity in town is a disc golf course.

Late last year, the town of Guilford approved an 18-hole disc course to be built at Bittner Park.  The course was designed to blend into the environment with the removal of very few trees.  In fact, part of the fun of the game is strategizing how to get around the trees. Each hole has a T-box and a stand with a chain-link basket at the other end.  The goal is to throw the disc and land it in the basket in as few throws as possible.  Players play with different weighted discs.

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There are four main types of disc that players use – distance drivers, fairway drivers, mid-ranges, and putters.  Choosing the right disc is just as crucial as choosing the right club in golf.  Generally, the lighter discs will fly farther and the heavier discs are easier to control.  Page Hardware carries a set of discs to get you started.

The course will be maintained by volunteers and was built with the help of five Eagle Scout projects, as described in a zip06.com article.  “The eagle scouts doing projects at the disc golf course are Cavan Lepro (Troop 471), who is installing the 18 disc-golf baskets; John Aslanian (Troop 471), who is installing the back-nine tee pads; Stephen Kegel (Troop 474), who is installing front-nine tee pads; Michael Neiss (Troop 471), who is building a bridge over a stream; and Carson Tosta (Troop 474), who installed cedar posts for fairway signs and sponsor signs.”

The course itself was designed by a volunteer.  Craig Smolin, a professional disc golfer and environmentalist, volunteered his services, designing and laying out the entire course.

A recent online reviewer gave Guilford’s course a nice review, even before opening day. “Holes are well designed, with technical and fun shots.  Beautiful park and woods to walk in.”

Disc golf is currently played in 40 countries around the world, and there are over 100,000 members in the Pro Disc Golf Association, a professional organization dedicated to the growth and promotion of the sport.

So, the next time you head out to the hiking trails at Bittner, think about grabbing your discs or Frisbees.

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