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Bluefield College opens new disc golf course on campus

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Bluefield, VA -   If you haven’t already, you should soon notice a handful of unique baskets scattered about the campus of Bluefield College. The baskets aren’t for gathering or storing, but for a new disc golf course created on the BC campus as an added recreational activity for students and the community at-large.

Officially introduced with a grand opening celebration on September 24, the BC disc golf course brings not only a new student activity to campus, but also increased awareness of a fun, affordable community sport.

“Our hope is that this new disc golf course brings not only a new recreational activity to Bluefield College for our students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community to utilize, but also builds up the sport of disc golf to get more people playing,” said Kelly Bittler, BC’s director of Student Activities. “It’s a lot cheaper than ball golf.”

Disc golf is played like traditional “ball” golf, but with flying discs instead of balls and clubs. One point or stroke is counted each time the disc is thrown. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins.

The Bluefield College disc golf course is a nine-hole, three-par course designed by Greg Bishop, who also designed the 18-hole disc golf course at Glenwood Park. The BC course includes baskets and tees and later will include signage at each tee providing the hole number and distance, similar to that seen on a signed golf course.

  Each hole on the BC course begins with a tee throw within or behind the designated tee area. The lie is the spot where the player’s previous throw has landed, marked with a mini disc or an upside-down disc. The player’s subsequent throw is made from directly behind the lie.

The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole throws first. A disc that comes to rest in the disc pole hole basket constitutes successful completion of the hole. When playing the BC course, always yield to pedestrians and watch for vehicles on campus.

“I hope everyone has the opportunity to play this course,” said Bittler, “and enjoy a leisurely activity on our beautiful campus.”

Interested players may borrow discs from the BC Student Activities Office to play the course at no charge, unless the discs are not returned. The disc set includes a carrying bag, mini-marker, a driver disc, a mid-range disc, and a putter. Free score cards are also available from Student Activities. Bittler said the college will use the course for student intramurals and tournaments, but otherwise the course will be open to students and the community for recreational use.

“Our goal in Student Activities is to offer more programming and intramural opportunities for students and for students to participate in self-programming,” said Bittler. “Students are so busy with classes, athletics, clubs, work, etcetera, that it is sometimes difficult for them to make it to scheduled events. This new disc golf course gives them the perfect opportunity to have fun and participate in a recreational activity on their own time.” 

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