The start of summer is approaching quickly. By now, students have been out of school for several weeks and their parents are probably looking for fresh ideas to keep them entertained.
Insert the Liberty County Recreation Department here.
Besides having typical sports such as baseball, soccer, football, cheerleading and swimming, the LCRD also features a unique course around James Brown Park.
Known as disc golf, the game is played in a manner similar to the golf game everyone knows. Instead of a ball and clubs, players use a “flying disc” or Frisbee to hit a target.
As with traditional golf, the goal is to reach the target with the fewest number of swings or throws.
Never seen it played? A disc-golf tournament will be held at the Eagles Nest Disc Golf Course at James Brown Park on June 16 and July 14.
These two tournaments will feature a variety of players and experience levels, and the public is encouraged to attend the free event.
Enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels, disc golf is a low-impact way to stay in shape mentally and physically. Playing requires concentration and critical thinking skills.
The game also provides upper and lower body exertion, and aerobic exercise.
One aspect of the game that everyone enjoys is its low financial investment. Requiring only a disc, professional quality supplies can be bought for as little as $20.
Courses are generally set up by organizations but supplies could be bought to make your own, making it not only enjoyable by economical as well.
The course in Hinesville was originally designed by Eagle Scout Ransom Wilkes-Davis, according to a past Coastal Courier article, but was recently revamped to accommodate a growing fan base.
Local interest in the game prompted support from the LCRD and eventually the inception of the tournaments.
For more information about disc golf in Liberty County, call the LCRD at 448-5273.
Floyd is the program assistant at the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau.