by John Lamb
The world's best disc golfer is going to be giving a free clinic at 1:30 p.m. this Friday at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville. Local shop Cloud 9 Disc Golf invited 2008 PDGA* World Champion Dave Feldberg to be the headline celebrity attraction for this weekend's Cross Town Open VIII disc golf tournament in Sumner County. In addition to the free clinic, there will be bidding on playing a doubles round with Feldberg.
Feldberg and the winner of the doubles bid, plus as many as 142 other tournament players will guide their frisbees around Sanders Ferry Park and nearby Triple Creek Park — two rounds at each park — throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13. Details are here.
Disc golf (a/k/a "frisbee golf") is surprisingly popular — one of the fastest growing sports in America. There are at least a dozen disc golf courses around Middle Tennessee and a handful of active local disc golf associations. Ever since I started playing casually at Crockett Park in Brentwood, I've found out that a lot of the people I know either played disc golf in college or knew of a nearby course where they grew up. The rules for disc golf are pretty much the same as in "ball golf," except instead of a hole at the end, there is a metal basket. As you might expect from golf, there is no running. This distinguishes disc golf from its cousin, the also-popular ultimate frisbee.
Disc golfers looking for a workout can contact Cloud 9 owners and tournament organizers Tommy Slaton and Bobby Brodie, who have to deal with the recent storm damage to both Sanders Ferry and Triple Creek as they prepare the courses for play.
Local blogger Mack Farmer is helping Slaton and Brodie get the word out about the tournament and about the chance to learn from and play with Feldberg. For more information, contact Farmer at (615) 715-0637 or mack5151 (at) gmail, or visit Cloud 9's tournament web site, here.
*Same as the PGA; add "D" for "disc."