Saturday, September 30, 2023

Disc golf joins the list of recreational activities at Norfolk parks

(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the city of Norfolk.)
(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the city of Norfolk)

NORFOLK — Residents now have access to yet another recreational activity: Disc golf.

Disc golf is played like regular golf, except you use flying discs. Each throw is counted to determine a score and the winner is the player with the lowest score.

A Norfolk resident, Charles Barrie, wanted to bring his passion for disc golf to Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space, particularly, Poplar Hall Park.

He had been playing since he was in the Navy.

“I was hooked from the first throw,” he said.

Barrie worked with the RPOS Director Darrell Crittendon to bring a disc golf course to Norfolk after already starting the first Disc Golf Club at Old Dominion University.

Together, with the help of RPOS staff, including Ben Kane, GIS technician II, the nine-hole, par-three course was designed.

This was about three years ago and as of Sept. 29, the Poplar Hall Park hosted the city’s first disc golf tournament.

“Disc golf has been a fast-growing recreational sport. Progressive cities looking to offer new and creative leisure opportunities are quickly adopting this sport as an extension of municipal parks and recreation department’s program offerings,” Crittendon said.

Disc golf is a sport for all ages and the course is free and open to the public during regular park hours.

For those who want to get more serious about their disc golf game, they can join the Professional Disc Golf Association to begin competing in tournaments.

To learn more about disc golf in Norfolk, click here.

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