A disc golf course is coming to Deerfield Park in Albany | Local

A disc golf course is coming to Deerfield Park in Albany, the city’s public parks department announced this week.

Invented in the early 1900s, disc golf mixes elements of golf and Frisbee. The game requires players to throw discs at a series of targets on a nine to 18-hole course, with the goal of hitting them with the fewest throws.

The sport’s first professional game was held in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1927. It is now played in 40 countries around the world today, including the United States.

Albany is home to a range of disc golf courses. They include an 18-hole course at Bryant Park, which features a mix of outdoor and wooden holes. Nearby in Linn County, Waterloo Park also has a par 54 course etched with dense brambles and heather.

According to Albany Parks Manager Kim Lyddane, a new disc golf course is coming to Deerfield Park, courtesy of the Disc Golf Club of Albany.

Lyddane told Albany City Council on Wednesday, March 9 that the nine-hole course is for beginners and will go up in April. The course is paid for by the Disc Golf Club, which raised funds for the 18-hole course at Bryant Park and the nine-hole course at Timber Linn.

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No permanent material will go into the ground, Lyddane said, and the course will be dismantled in early fall before the rainy season.

“It will be a really good opportunity for us to test it out and see if this is the type of activity that is going to be enjoyed and enjoyed,” Lyddane said.

Lyddane said she anticipated the course would not be a nuisance to neighboring homes in the 10-acre park and should not threaten any power lines.

“It’s a really cool idea,” said Albany Councilwoman Marilyn Smith. “I can see my fellow dog walkers there, maybe have to pick up some [discs].”

No action was required from the city council to approve the disc golf course on Wednesday, according to Lyddane.

Albany City Council is scheduled to meet for its next regular session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 online.

Editor’s note: This article has been amended to more clearly identify Waterloo Park as a Linn County Park.

Tim Gruver covers the city of Albany and Linn County. He can be reached at 541-812-6114 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter via @T_TimeForce.

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