It’s almost that time to start brushing the dust off your Frisbee because starting May 1st Brewer Park officially opens for disc golf! Brewer Park is known for its challenging courses, and there are 2 to choose from.
Disc Golf is played like regular golf but instead of clubs and a ball, the players use a frisbee. The object of the game is to get the Frisbee into an elevated metal basket, the “hole.” Once you throw the frisbee you continue to throw it from where it lands until you make it in the basket. Just like golf, the person with the fewest throws wins.
Disc golf is gaining in popularity because it is easy to learn yet still challenging. It’s also affordable and anyone can play!
If disc golf is not your thing head over to Douglas Walker Park, one of our most active parks that also has open field to play ultimate frisbee on. Ultimate Frisbee has some similarities to football and is played with seven players on each team. Each team attempts to score goals by getting the Frisbee in the opposing team’s end zone. Unlike football, the players cannot run down the field with the Frisbee, they must pass it to teammates. Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport, which makes it fun for everyone.
According to USA Ultimate, the governing body of the sport in the United States, ultimate is a great way to build character because “ultimate develops acceptance of responsibility for one’s own behavior because players make their own calls, participation develops character, self-reliance, listening, and negotiating skills and leadership qualities (USAultimate, 2015).”
Right here in Grand Rapids we have our very own ultimate teams. They provide opportunities to learn, play, and teach spirited ultimate in the greater Grand Rapids area through league play, tournaments, and organized pickup. Registration is now open to players of the ages of 16 and up.
For more information about Grand Rapids Ultimate, visit grandrapidsultimate.org!