Camp-goers get crash course on disc golf

Published 4:56 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

Campers at Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation got a glimpse at disc golf Friday morning at College Park.

The quick lesson came courtesy Thom Brown, who walked the camp-goers through some fundamentals of the game.

“I’m just teaching the basics,” Brown said. “You have different types of discs and each has its purposes.”

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Brown also worked with the kids on their form when throwing the discs.

“One of the hardest things is learning how to throw,” he said. “The inclination is to round it off, throw it out. Instead of puling it in like you would a lawn mower cord.”

A golfer’s form plays a big role in distance and accuracy, Brown added.

“That’s one thing I struggled with,” he said. “Someone would tell me what I needed to do and I would think, ‘Well, I’ve thrown a frisbee my whole life, you don’t have to tell me how to do it.’”

So Brown hopes this glance at the game and some tips on the proper way to play will help generate interest.

“That was a big thing, to give them a basic course so they could see what they could do if they did it right,” he said.

The sport is one for everybody, Brown said. Tournaments are setup for younger players, older players and men and women.

The annual Bluegrass State Games include a disc golf event, which is hosted in Clark County at Ironworks Hills near the Clark County Fairgrounds.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.