Disc Golf is on target in Tilney All Saints
People will not have to travel a fairway to try their hands at a new sporting sensation, Disc Golf.
Eagles Golf Centre is thought to be the only one in the area to have created a Disc Golf course at its greens in Tilney All Saints.
Disc Golf, which was formalised in the 1970s, challenges players to throw a Frisbee-like disc into an elevated metal basket at around the nine hole course, which opens on Friday, April 29.
Owner David Horn is hoping this will follow on from the success of FootGolf, which has attracted more than 8,000 people since its introduction to the course.
He said: “Golf is a very addictive sport which is taken very seriously by the players and FootGolf has brought in a lot of people.
“FootGolf has been a fantastic draw into the sport and I hope that Disc Golf is going to be equally as successful.
“I think it will appeal to different parts of the community and requires skill.
“It is hugely popular in America and is picking up a following in Europe. Last year’s European Masters was a three-hour prime time television programme in Sweden and Finland, which was also shown on the BBC.”
The sport has been designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
The Professional Disc Golf Association has more than 80,000 members in America.
Like traditional golf, players must take each throw from the spot where the previous one had landed. The hole is only completed when the disc lands in the basket.
Disc Golf was brought to Mr Horn’s attention 18 months ago after his daughter enjoyed a game on a course in Cornwall.
He said: “I watched it and there are 60 places across the country but some are council run parks with a couple of targets but nothing like this.
“I think it is going to appeal to all ages.”
Mr Horn has been impressed with the reaction to FootGolf, which has proved popular with footballers.
He said it has also helped attract new players to traditional golf. Mr Horn said: “FootGolf has taken off fantastically well and brought in a whole new population of people.”