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About Andrew Ferguson

Andrew has over a decade experience playing and promoting disc golf throughout Australia and the world. From initial consultation to completion, Andrew has designed and delivered disc golf course projects for various local governments, schools and private businesses. As Tournament Director, Andrew has designed multiple disc golf courses for the Australian National Tour and was the Event Organiser of the 2017 Aussie Open PDGA Major. Andrew has served as a board member of Australian Disc Golf (ADG), and is the co-founding member of Geelong Disc Golf.

Kicking Goals With A New Spin On Golf

Kicking Goals With A New Spin On Golf

Something very exciting in the world of disc golf is happening in Australia. For the first time ever, two sports have been married in perfect union to create a brand new way to experience a golf course. We are excited to announce that Multi-Sport Golf has arrived!

Multi-Sport Golf combines Disc Golf and Soccer (FootGolf) and is played on a golf course. The unique facility offers participants the chance to play disc golf or footgolf or both at the same time! The two sports share the same tee area and fairway, but have a different ‘hole’. Disc golfers complete the hole with a final throw into the traditional target basket, whilst footgolf players finish by kicking their soccer ball into a special oversized cup located directly under the disc golf basket. The facility is a permanent feature and is professionally designed to share the course space and be played alongside the golf fairways – allowing disc golf, footgolf and golf to be played at the same time.

Located just 20 mins from the Sydney CBD, the Barnwell Park Golf Club is the first golf course in the world to feature a Multi-Sport Golf facility. Our RAD team thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the City of Canada Bay, the Barnwell Park Golf Club and the local PGA Professional to design this exciting new activity. Working with a number of key stakeholders to achieve their goals was a very rewarding experience for our team.

What makes Multi-Sport Golf truly unique is the diversity it offers. For example, if a family visit the course to play, Mum and Dad can play footgolf, whilst the kids try their hand at disc golf. The beauty is that they can play together at the same time! Even if the grandparents want to join in by playing traditional golf they can, as the Multi-Sport Golf is professionally designed to follow the same direction and flow of the golf course holes too! Access to Multi-Golf Sport is open to everyone as it’s an all abilities recreational sport. Most people have kicked a ball and thrown a frisbee, so it’s easy to get started playing.

As you may know, RAD specialise in designing disc golf courses. Traditionally, disc golf courses have been installed in public parks. However, more recently golf clubs have been looking for ways of improving sustainable performance and seeking alternate uses for their courses. Disc golf has been a very popular choice, with our RAD team having already installed several disc golf facilities on golf courses over the past few years.

With participation in golf on the decline, there has been a shift in the thinking of many golf clubs about how to stay active and attract visitors. The high cost of running courses, expensive memberships and the excessive time required to play a round of golf all can be attributed to why clubs are struggling and people aren’t playing as much. With a new take on one of the world’s oldest sports, Multi-Sport Golf is helping with the building of contemporary experiences and bringing people back to the course and deliver golf to a generation!

Be sure to give Barnwell Park Golf Club pro shop a call and book your round of Multi-Sport Golf today!

By |2019-12-09T15:05:12+08:00November 29th, 2019|Featured Courses|0 Comments

Disc Golf: Let’s explore a new kind of golf for all ages

Disc Golf: Let’s explore a new kind of golf for all ages

Have you noticed that golf parodies, though still active, seem to be lowering in favor? Big names like Tiger Woods and Jason Day have made the word “golf” a standard to compatriots still wielding a driver. However, disc golf is becoming increasingly recognized and is on the rise. The idea began in 1965 and has grown in popularity exponentially, even reaching a growth of more than 17% from 2015 to 2016.

“Ball golf,” as the disc golf initiated call it, has become relatively uncool and pricey over the years, making it more of a hassle than enjoyment. Disc golf, however, has the same aspects of golf but with the added benefits of low cost and the perk of popularity. If you are unsure about disc golf, let’s explore why disc golf will turn your pleasurable day out into a healthy workout.

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What Golf Can Do For You

Though it’s common to assume that golf is all carts and sunburns, golf does offer some amazing health benefits, including:

  • Logging thousands of steps
  • Stimulating the brain through focus
  • Interacting socially to boost mood
  • Reducing stress
  • Being part of a community

Disc golf stimulates both the brain and body while not sustaining injuries like you might with other sports. And, best of all, golf can get the heart pumping for non-athletic players.

Take A Hike!

Unlike ball golfing, hiking involves interaction with nature which many people enjoy with their friends and families. Hiking is far more strenuous than ball golfing and has the following benefits:

  • Helping to control weight
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Reducing depression
  • Lowering risks for a plethora of diseases
  • Building up cardiorespiratory fitness

Disc golf involves hiking while preventing the gasping nausea that is usually accompanied with rough trails for those who prefer not to hike.

Bringing Disc Golf Into Your Routine

Disc golfing involves both the traditional motion of golfing and the nature-filled bliss of hiking, with a few small tweaks. The motions of disc golf mirror ball golf, except that, instead of a ball and club, you use a disc. Instead of a hole, your aim is essentially a basket.

If you are looking for something that everyone can enjoy, consider taking up disc golfing. Its low pricing and considerably low risk for injury make this the perfect sport.

By |2019-05-09T16:17:44+08:00September 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boosting a Park’s Value with Disc Golf

Boosting a Park’s Value with Disc Golf

Let’s take a look at how disc golfing can improve a park’s value:

Installing a disc golfing course to a park is a big task which, more often than not, involves getting permission from the city or county before you can even think about laying your first tee pad. While many are successful in the negotiations, some authorities fail to see that installing a disc golfing course is so much more than constructing an arena to play with friends. Often, this lack of vision causes the proposal to be stonewalled. Yet, if city and county officials better knew the benefits, we’d bet a lot more disc golfing courses would find their ways into parks world-wide.

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Safety And Security

City parks sometimes get a bad rap for being places where teenager do unsavory deeds, or where adults fall asleep when they can’t catch a break. Now, disc golfing does not offer a magical solution to these problems, but it does offer more foot traffic in the park itself.

Increasing numbers of people entering the park means that officials must frequently visit the park and its associated course. Security measures must naturally increase because of these check-ups. The same effect can be achieved by the sheer number of people who will visit the land regularly to throw a round of golf.

More Than Just The Course

From a city official’s perspective, a clean and well-maintained park with multiple recreational activities will attract visitors and new businesses, which will naturally boost the city’s economy. Land that draws people from all over the town is seen as a resource, especially if it includes a pay-to-play disc golf course.

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Think of the last tournament you visited in your home town: did you pay for food? How about gas or lodging? Because you were there for disc golf, you had to use the town’s resources and spend your money locally, which boosted the town’s economy.

We’ve seen it in small towns across America, where the disc golf course was like a breath of fresh air for the area as a whole. Perhaps they chose a park that wasn’t used much but had potential with the only disc golf course for many miles around. All of the sudden, you have people driving from hours away, bringing their friends and family on a mini disc golf vacation.

In general, bringing a disc golf course to a local park means that you and your friends get to play that much more often. But when you step back to analyze how the park’s value will be boosted, as well as the town’s, it makes a lot of sense to have a disc golf in every city. Perhaps you can be the one to make that happen in your community!

By |2019-10-07T22:53:30+08:00September 5th, 2018|Frisbee golf course design, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Good Disc Golf Course Design – Why it matters for your park & your game

Good Disc Golf Course Design – Why it matters for your park & your game

From a city official’s perspective, a clean and well-maintained park with multiple recreational activities will attract visitors and new businesses, which will naturally boost the city’s economy. Land that draws people from all over the town is seen as a resource, especially if it includes a pay-to-play disc golf course.

Think of the last tournament you visited in your home town: did you pay for food? How about gas or lodging? Because you were there for disc golf, you had to use the town’s resources and spend your money locally, which boosted the town’s economy.

We’ve seen it in small towns across America, where the disc golf course was like a breath of fresh air for the area as a whole. Perhaps they chose a park that wasn’t used much but had potential with the only disc golf course for many miles around. All of the sudden, you have people driving from hours away, bringing their friends and family on a mini disc golf vacation.

In general, bringing a disc golf course to a local park means that you and your friends get to play that much more often. But when you step back to analyze how the park’s value will be boosted, as well as the town’s, it makes a lot of sense to have a disc golf in every city. Perhaps you can be the one to make that happen in your community!

The Basics Of  Disc Golf Course Design

Most disc golf courses hold up to proper standards, which are typically either 9 or 18 holes with a variety of hole lengths. A proper design should incorporate awareness of wildlife, follow the property’s natural features, and prevent unwelcome visitors from becoming the butt of an animal’s particularly nasty joke.

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Disc golf courses should be tailored to the enjoyment of the golfer, including differences in terrain and variations of golfing spots. Many golfers prefer designs specifically laid out to avoid the confusion of finding the next tee pad to make the game flow smoothly. Others favor a layout centered around the parking lot.

Where Your Course Will Really Shine

The primary concern of a prospective course designer is to the people, specifically to their safety. A course arrayed with pitfalls and hazards could lead to injury or, in the rarest of occasions, an untimely demise. Because disc golf courses are versatile in topography, protections placed for the players’ safety is paramount.

The course should also flow smoothly from one hole to the next. Holes that are too close to one another may result in game interference and backups during tournament plays. Patience is not a key element of the average consumer.

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Thinking Beyond Disc Golf

A major selling point in course design is the flexibility of use in its public areas: If a course has set up shop in a public park, designers need to be aware that other activities occur at the same time. Tees and baskets should not overtake space designed for joggers and football players.

A particularly insightful design is Milo McIver in Estacada, Oregon, which blends its disc golf course with picnic tables and trails leading right to the river. They maintain a world-class design while providing opportunities for gatherings.

Designing a disc golf course should be a labor of love combining both a tournament-capable course and a natural environment enjoyed by all people. For our fellows in Australia, check out the DiscGolfPark course design services we provide to help you create the course of your dreams!

By |2019-10-07T22:53:06+08:00September 5th, 2018|Frisbee golf course design, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Addicted To Your Phone? Disc Golf Might Be The Cure

Addicted To Your Phone? Disc Golf Might Be The Cure

Let’s face it – whether we like to admit it or not, we’re all addicted to our devices. Whether you’re a staunch iPhone supporter, you love your Android, or you can’t seem to pull away from your computer, people are spending more and more time in front of a screen. Those of us who have children are in turn showing them that this behavior is acceptable, and the controversy of screen time and kids becomes a real issue.

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Whether you’re all for getting your kids away from the video games and iPads or you don’t think it’s that big of a deal, it goes without saying that we could all stand to set our devices down and spend some time outside. You don’t have to become an athlete and your kids don’t have to suddenly take on a plethora of new hobbies, but there’s one activity that everyone can enjoy as we give ourselves a little screen detox. It’s called disc golf, and Australian-based Recreation Activity Design is all for it (or RAD for short).

What’s The Problem?

Without getting into too much of the controversy, the time that children spend addicted to their screens has started to influence their behavior in general. “I am often worried that my child is hard to pull away from a simple game such as Sonic the Hedgehog on the iPhone whilst his mum’s cooking,” said Chris Finn, Director of Australian Startup RAD. Yet rather than pointing the finger at video game companies, a deeper investigation into what’s truly going on is crucial.

“When we were kids our parents had much more of an influence in when it was time to turn the tape drive off or take out the cartridge from our Commodore 64’s and Atari games,” Finn continues. Yet when he’s met with resistance as he tells his own children that it’s time to turn off the games, he comes upon this realization, “But as I sit and watch an evening TV show, I find myself and my wife both engaged in other things on our mobile devices.”

Why Disc Golf Is The Answer

It’s clear that getting outside can do a world of good for adults and children alike, but what do you actually do? Playgrounds obviously cater to younger ones only, and joining sports teams can become expensive quickly. Here’s where Recreation Activity Design comes in, as they’re working to promote the sport of disc golf Australia wide.

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Already a well-received activity by both residents and local government alike, disc golf can be enjoyed at all ages and levels of athletic ability. It costs very little to play and offers families the ability to engage in exercise, meaningful conversations along the way, and a bit of friendly competition if the mood strikes.

“We think we have found a great solution to help ensure folks get that quality time with their kids and also engage in a fun activity that can take them all away from the screens. Whether it’s a TV, a gaming screen, or a smartphone, it’s time to put them down and enjoy the outdoors,” says Finn. Thanks to the efforts of RAD, that’s exactly what’s happening for many Australian families.

By |2019-05-09T16:29:47+08:00September 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Schools out – How to keep your kids active during the holidays

Schools out – How to keep your kids active during the holidays

When school’s out, life turns into a pleasant dreamscape for children, but, for parents, it may mean a total reboot of your set schedule, resulting in mayhem.

Finding proper entertainment for your kids can be challenging, but we have often found that engaging children in activities could be the best bet for a blissful summer for both you and your children. Burning extra calories is healthy for your kids and gets them tired for bedtime. Let’s explore how disc golf may be a solution to your crazy summer.

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Community Activities Programs for the tots

If you’re a seasoned disc golfer, you probably know where to find information about programs for kids, but checking Facebook never hurts. For newbies to the sport, online bulletins for tournaments on Facebook community pages or checking the local library can help you incorporate disc golf into your schedule.

For those parents that are familiar with disc golf, throwing a disc around would be a great way to involve your children in the sport. To those unfamiliar with the sport, communities hold activities geared to help your child excel.

Check Out A Clinic

Warming summer months usually mean that pro golfers are travelling to a city near yours to compete. Often during their down time, they host community clinics that are specific to disc golfing. Consider going! Though the clinics are geared toward adults, they offer techniques to kids as well. If your kid is already a disc golfing aficionado, they might already know the pros and will certainly light up when you take them.

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Where To Find Info

If your family is new to disc golf and think you know the haps on locations, it can still be a struggle when you make it to the course and find the holes are long and the terrain is too complicated for the kids. But, a quick internet search can lead you to the best course for your family. Often webpages specific to locations can show the variety of course designs, and some might show pictures and maps. You’ll likely find a course tailored to your family needs.

What tips do you have for keeping your kids active this summer with disc golf? How have you been able to provide them with hours of fun without sacrificing your own sanity? Let us know in the comments below!

Here’s a list of Australian Disc golf Courses!

By |2019-05-09T16:38:23+08:00June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments