New course suits disc golf down to a tee

CATCHING ON: Greg Upton and son Cameron try out the new disc golf course.    Picture: Dean Osland
CATCHING ON: Greg Upton and son Cameron try out the new disc golf course. Picture: Dean Osland

YOU can hook, you can slice and you can enjoy a beautiful walk outside, but this isn’t your standard round of golf.

Rathmines is now home to a new disc golf course for frisbee throwers at Styles Point Reserve, which will be officially opened on  Sunday.

Everyone is invited to the newly installed nine-basket course from 11am until 2pm, where there will be clinics on how to play, advice from top local players, prizes and lunch.

Lake Macquarie local and Australian Disc Golf president Neil Roberts said the course was open to all ages and abilities.

“This is a great facility to have in the area, it doesn’t cost anything to play and the course is open all year round,” he said.

The Rathmines course is the second opened in the Hunter after a course opened at Jesmond Park in 2011.

The game was created in the 1970s and has expanded to 6000 courses worldwide.

Much like regular golf, the aim is to get your disc into a target in the least amount of shots.

Australian women’s champion Emile Cameron is a Newcastle resident who said she was thrilled to have another course in the area.

“Now the weather is getting better it’s a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors with the family,” she said.