If you were to ask most people who play disc golf, would they have wanted to discover the sport earlier in life, the answer is going to be a resounding yes! Many people aren’t provided the opportunity to discover this disc golf until later in life because there may not be access to a course in their community.
Can you imagine what it would be like if you had a disc golf course at your own school?? Well, the students at Upper Yarra Secondary College certainly can as of now!
Located in Yarra Junction, in the beautiful Yarra Ranges, the college is home to a recently installed 9 hole disc golf course. The facility is now part of the school’s physical education curriculum and is available for all students in their free time. Staff at the school also enjoy the course and join students for a throw during lunch and recess breaks.
The course was designed and installed by RAD’s Andrew Ferguson, who worked with the school’s Principal Scott Tully to deliver the project. The course was designed to fit in with the existing activities on the school grounds, including a vineyard. The course layout weaves between two main ovals, making use of the tree lined areas and elevation in the hilly ranges. The course features nine RAD Ace permanent disc golf baskets, nine tee signs and a main sign map which displays the overall course layout and how to play information.
Despite being on a school campus, the course is accessible to the public during after school hours. In fact, the added presence of people playing the course after hours will provide a natural added presence on school grounds and help to deter those with mischief on their minds.
We all know how important sport is in schools. It promotes good physical and mental health and connects people with nature and each other. Lifelong loves and even careers in mainstream sports such as cricket and football often start thanks to students being offered the chance to play in school. With disc golf now available at Upper Yarra Secondary College, who knows, perhaps one day we’ll see a future world champion disc golfer hail from the Yarra Ranges!
If you are interested in learning more about this project and how a disc golf course can work at your school, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our RAD team for a free consultation: firstname.lastname@example.org