East Georgia State College’s Disc Golf Course, named Piney Woods, has been selected to be a 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship Qualifier.
Being a select event means EGSC officials will award two first round seed qualifications to the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship. Those qualifications will be awarded to the two highest finishing schools that have not already qualified.
The beautifully-landscaped 18-hole course, designed by Dr. Walt Mason and Dr. Alan Brasher, is situated around the outer perimeter of the 235-acre campus near Pa’s Pond among the tall pines. The course has been referred to as the most challenging disc golf course found on a state college campus.
East Georgia State College in 2007, hosted the first-ever NCDGU (National Collegiate Disc Golf Union) sanctioned Collegiate Disc Golf State Championship, and East Georgia has hosted the Georgia Collegiate Disc Golf Champion every year since.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, least number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole." The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is an elevated metal basket.
Dr. Mason commented, “Disc golf is a game that can be played by everyone – young and old. The players throw specially designed discs versus a hitting a ball with a specially designed club like with golf. It is one of the fastest growing sports on college campuses. We are delighted to have been selected for this honor.”
As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee; you probably won't need to rent a cart; and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there.
The Professional Disc Golf Association, with over 16,000 members, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide, as well as throughout the United States.