Disc golf event at county park also a toy drive
Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

Disc golf event at county park also a toy drive

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    A disc golfer at a glow tournament makes his shot with a green glow-in-the-dark disc.
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    The nighttime Terror Toss Disc Golf Tournament course at North Cabarrus Park was decked out in glowing decor.
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    Discs were given to tournament participants, compliments of Innova Disc Golf.
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    The Terror Toss Disc Golf Tournament course at North Cabarrus Park was decked out in glowing decor, and this golfer’s hand also glowed in the dark.

North Cabarrus Park on Orphanage Road will host its Disc-ember Disc Golf Tournament and toy drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

North Cabarrus is the only Cabarrus County-operated park with a disc golf course.

“Disc golf is a lifetime sport played by all different types of people – and it costs less than $10 to get started,” said Cabarrus County senior park ranger Jonathan Poole. “A typical round of disc golf takes only an hour to an hour and a half to play, compared to four or five hours for traditional golf. No matter your skill level, disc golf offers low-impact exercise and is a great opportunity to enjoy nature with friends and family.”

The park hosted its first glow-in-the-dark competition, the Terror Toss Disc Golf Glow Tournament, which started at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 25 and went into the early morning hours. Poole said they decided to offer a glow-in-the-dark event because rangers saw requests for it on feedback surveys filled out after past disc golf tournaments.

Participants received glow necklaces and bracelets, flashing LED lights to attach to discs, a complimentary disc from event sponsor Innova Disc Golf, and mini-flashlights. The course was adorned with strings of lights and black lights, as well as glowing eyes and hands. Smoke machines added to the Halloween ambience. Some participants played with glow-in-the-dark discs. It was a cold night, and the park rangers supplied hand warmers and hot beverages.

Golfers were encouraged to wear costumes. That night, a banana, a cow and the Mad Hatter played through the tournament’s 18 holes. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place as well as best costume.

Some past tournaments have included 36 holes of play. The Disc-ember Tournament will be at least 18 holes, possibly 36. The registration cost will also include a meal.

Participants at the upcoming tournament will bring toys to the event that will be donated to charities, such as Toys for Tots, for children in need. Poole said the rangers saw national disc golf tournaments benefiting charities, and thought a toy drive “would be a good way for the disc golf community to reach out.”

Poole has been a Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation employee for three years.

“I quickly realized that disc golf was a rapidly growing sport and knew that, as a department, we needed to offer a tournament/event to reach out to the disc golf players,” said Poole.

He wanted tournaments to give disc golfers the opportunity to meet each other and to get the word out that North Cabarrus Park has a course. Since the decision to host tournaments, the park has hosted five. The Disc-ember event will be the sixth.

“Overall, the feedback we get shows the course is good for all levels of disc golf players, from a first-time player to a person who plays every day,” said Poole.

He notes that the course is unique in that it has nine holes, so does not involve miles and miles of walking like many disc golf courses. It is also easier to play a quick game.

Poole said hole 4 is known as the most difficult, with a small opening between trees that players must get their discs through.

Marjorie Dana is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marjorie? Email her at marjorie.dana@yahoo.com.

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