Soon you will be able to have a go at playing disc golf in Warringal Parklands!
The original Come and Try Disc Golf event on 27 June 2020 has been cancelled.
We will set a new date when public health restrictions have eased. To help introduce disc golf to Warringal Park, we have put the course construction on hold until after the Come and Try Disc Golf session takes place.
Disc golf is free, fun and easy to play. It's a healthy, lifetime sport, perfectly suited for people of all ages and abilities.
It's played with similar rules to traditional golf, except instead of hitting a ball into a hole, players throw a disc or frisbee from a tee area into a target basket. Disc golf can be played in groups and individually, to complete the course in the fewest number of throws.
A typical course includes 18 target baskets. What's planned is a smaller, casual course with 9 target baskets.
The proposed course begins at our Old Shire Offices community hall, winds around A J Burkitt Oval and into bushland where it connects with main Yarra Trail and ends back near the hall.
It revitalises underused areas of Warringal Parklands, and co-exists with current park equipment and users. Careful consideration has been given to safety, topography and vegetation.
Fairways and scoring
The average fairway length is 90 metres, ranging from 65 to 128 metres and predominantly Par 3. It is suitable for beginners and adaptable for advanced play with the average throw to achieve par around 30 metres.
The proposed course has been professionally designed by one of Australia's most experienced disc golf designers, responsible for over 40 courses across the country. The pathways, topography, vegetation, access from car park and park users are all factors considered.
Disc golf does not need an area of its own and has been designed to co-exist with other activities and park users. Warringal Parkland will remain a shared public open space for all to enjoy, with users expected to respect the activities of others within the park.
In planning the course and progressing the design to this stage, we visited other courses and also considered the expertise of different teams across Council including Leisure, Open Space, Parks, Tree Care, Bushland, Risk, Property and Local Laws.
No tree removal is involved as the designers worked with the Tree Care and Bushland teams to consider the environmental impacts and also consulted the Warringal Conservation Society community group. The installation of tee pads and baskets for the course will be overseen by a Council arborist to ensure the protection of tree roots.
The physical safety of participants and all park users is at the core of all good disc golf course designs. The course is layed out to minimize the risk of injury to park users, and the course is structured to mitigate risk with all fairways directed away from the shared path.
Injuries and accidents can and do happen in parks where people engage in recreational activates, however disc golf is considered a very low-risk activity. Our risk assessment of the disc golf course for park users rate it as a low on a risk/consequence matrix, noting the discs thrown are lightweight plastic, not a heavyweight "disc" as the name may imply.
The first disc golf course in Australia was established in 1988, and the Melbourne Disc Golf Club has stated no known injuries have been recorded in Australia as a result of disc golf since this time (excluding sporting injuries to participants such as muscle strains).
Largely due to most courses being overseen by professional, experienced designers, but also there are strong rules of participation and an etiquette of disc golf in Australia. This will be shared on-site with everyone as part of the 'How to Play' guidelines emphasising safety and courtesy first with the following key rules:
- Always give other park users the right of way and
- Never throw when other players or park users are within range.
As the parklands is a shared public open space, all users need to respect the activities of other users within the park. There are codes of respect and local laws for many activities occurring within the parklands including control of dogs off lead, activities on sports ovals, and use of the shared trail.
The course will be freely accessible to eveyone, 7 days a week - just BYO frisbee or disc.
A normal plastic frisbee can be used or a professional golf disc. The golf discs are typically made of polypropylene plastic and can vary in weight from 120 to 180 grams.
Getting to the course
There is off street car parking by the Old Shire Offices community hall, but it is shared with the sport club and Banyule Theatre.
Keep in touch
With any questions, contact our Sport and Recreation Project Officer, Serena Marriott, on 9457 9892 or firstname.lastname@example.org