Approximately 30 disc golf players and other enthusiasts from across Volusia County will be on hand on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and play the first official competitive rounds at the city’s latest recreational offering: the New Smyrna Beach Disc Golf Course at Holland Park.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using clubs and balls to aim for a hole in the ground, players throw Frisbee-like discs at poles extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee and finishing at the disc golf basket. Generally, a course consists of 9 or 18 baskets. Players start at the first basket and complete the course in order, playing through sequentially to the last one. The player with the lowest total number of throws wins.
Disc golf also differs from regular golf in other important ways. Disc golf courses can use a wide variety of terrain. Often times, land not suitable for other park activities or development is perfect terrain for a disc golf course. This course can also be used as a hiking path following the same signage. The December 15 ribbon-cutting will be a soft opening with the club planning to install concrete tees in January.
NSB Disc Golf, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, offered the City of New Smyrna Beach the chance to install a disc golf course under a public-private partnership. This effectively saved taxpayers $22,150 for 500 hours of labor and 150 hours of equipment and operator time, which were instead donated by NSB Disc Golf. The club, which is fully staffed by volunteers, said their mission is to promote the growth of the sport by offering physical and intellectual support to the city, county, state, and federal entities in having disc golf as a new recreational offering with a low barrier to entry for players young and old alike. They provide instructional clinics, support Burns Oak Hill Charter School with curriculum-based play, hold weekly leagues, and schedule large annual tournaments as well as continue to design and build more courses.
Said Consultant Project Manager Gene Varano, “It’s there for everyone to use. It’s not a private thing. It doesn’t cost any money to walk the course. Anyone who happens to see a disc golfer should feel free to approach them to learn more. It’s a friendly sport that way. We’re building this course for the public, not ourselves.”
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