DISC GOLF:  Introducing new sports opportunities to the Fraser Coast is on par for the Fraser Coast Regional Council.   Mayor George Seymour and Councillor Daniel Sanderson joined course designer Chris Barringer earlier today to tee off at Australia’s most northern and newest disc golf course.  The 9-hole course is at the Tinana Recreation Reserve.

The Mayor and Councillor opened the disc golf course today and tried their hand at the sport.

“Disc golf is played much like traditional golf; howerver, instead of hitting a ball with a club, players use a flying disc (much like a frisbee),” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

The disc is thrown from a tee area towards a target basket which is the hole.

As the player progresses down the fairway, they take each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw had landed.

The variety of the trees, shrubs and terrain provide the challend for the player.

“There is no cost to play the Council course and games can be played at any time. The game is gaining popularity in Australia,” Councillor Daniel Sanderson said.

The Pine Rivers Disc Golf Park hosted the 2013 Australian National Championships and there are world championships as well.

Cr Seymour said that there was potential for the Fraser Coast to host regional and state competitions as well as attract national and world championships.

“The new disc golf course is one more attraction that gives people a reason to get outdoors and visit the Fraser Coast,” he said.

Data shows that like golf, participants travel to play at different courses which opens tourism opportunities.

The Maryborough course was designed and built under the guidance of RAD Creations, one of the leading Disc Golf suppliers in Australia.

The company has designed more than 40 disc golf courses throughout Australia.

“Disc golf has many benefits, including another opportunity for residents to get outdoors and improve their fitness and well-being ina relaxing and social way with family and friends,” Cr Sanderson said.

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