ACT DISC GOLF CLUB – Canberra Australia

This page has all the links you need to play, purchase discs, meet people and compete in the ACT.

ENQUIRIES
DISC SALES AND CURRENT INVENTORY
COURSES AND MAPS
MONTHLY LEAGUE DAYS
TOURNAMENTS
PUTTING COURSE
MEMBERSHIP
HOW TO PLAY!

ENQUIRIES

For latest news and information, go to our Facebook page: ACT Disc Golf
If you are new to Canberra, or just visiting, and want to hook up with some locals to play, the best option is to go to the ACT Disc Golfers Facebook page.
To contact us, message the ACT Facebook Page or you can email our club at:
ACTDiscGolfClub@gmail.com

DISC SALES

Need Plastic? The best way to get started out is usually to buy a beginner pack which consists of a putter, midrange and driver and sell for about $40. Our club has a generous selection of used, near new and new discs for sale for decent prices. Discs are available at every League day, at any comps, and can be brought out during casual weekday or weekend rounds on request. Click below for
Current Club Inventory

Bank Details for Money Transfers
Bank: St George Bank
Account Name: ACT Disc Golf Club
BSB: 112-908
Account Number: 486 897 988

COURSES AND MAPS

JOHN KNIGHT MEMORIAL DISC GOLF COURSE

If you are new to disc golf, then make your way over to Canberra’s newest course! The John Knight Memorial Disc Golf Course is a 9 basket, par 56 course with dual tees and dual pin positions making for 36 unique holes to play. It is fully signed with a main sign board, practice basket, tee signs, concrete pads, and next tee signs for a couple of holes. The course is beginner friendly with the front 9 ranging between 45 and 65m for the Par 3’s with the back 9 playing longer and more difficult. The course is mostly wooded set amongst native gum trees with a couple of holes shooting over mowed parkland. Despite the short holes, there are numerous trees on some holes which make it more difficult if you don’t hit your intended line. Many of the holes are also contained by a path network that plays as out of bounds for each hole. Thus, running long on many of the holes will be OB and cost you a stroke; this adds to the challenge of the course but can be ignored for casual play and beginners. However, for more seasoned players, it is a great course for working on your short game and making sure you are accurate or else you can be punished. 

The course is open anytime and is free to play. Park in the main parking lot off Townsend Place and it is a short walk down the first path entry to the first tee. Gate closes after dark.
John Knight Memorial Disc Golf Course – Google Maps

EDDISON PARK DISC GOLF COURSE
The locally made custom baskets at Eddison park have been in the ground for over 20 years now and were one of the first basket installations in Australia. The park has seen some significant changes over the years including the addition of the skate park, upgraded path networks, fitness equipment installations,  and the possible loss of half of the course due to the cemetery expanding on the south side of Justinian Street.  All of these changes have impacted the course into various iterations and due to the criss-crossing nature of the current layout and multiple park user conflicts, it needs some work to be revamped in the near future.  As of this writing, the cemetery expansion has been turned down which is great for Eddison Park!

Currently, there are 9 permanent baskets with dual tees making 18 holes for each the white and gold layout. There are no tee signs but there are coloured plastic ground markers (white and gold) that denote the front of the tees for the two courses. If you’ve never played the course before, I’d highly recommend using the links below to bring up the course map in Google Maps where you can use your GPS location to easily find each tee and where to go to next!

All Coloured tees follow the same flow from basket to basket; thus, when playing in a group of varying skill levels, players can choose the tee which best suits their ability and still all play together.

MONTHLY LEAGUE DAYS – 2018

The ACT club have two monthly Leagues at John Knight

and Eddison Park

that run year-round and alternate on the Saturday or Sunday of the month. The League works on a handicap system. Here is how it works:

  • For 2019, we have decided to use Disc Golf Metrix for all our scoring and handicaps. Thus, all players MUST create a Disc Golf Metrix account in order for their handicap to be calculated. Disc Golf Metrix uses a rating system similar to the PDGA for individuals but also rates courses. So, the handicap is based on how well you play compared to the course rating rather than other players.  It works well and provides all your hole scores, keeps track of all your rounds, and lets you compare yourself with others even during play by having live scoring.
  • First time players with no handicap play for free. After playing the first round, you will be given a handicap.
  • The winner on the day is typically the most improved player playing better than their current handicap.
  • Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Multi-packs available to cover all league days.
  • League points: 15 for the winner, 14 for 2nd, 13 to 3rd, etc 15th and beyond all receiving 1 point. Ties get the same score and split the difference.
  • Players total at the end of the League is their top 6 scores.
  • Individual League Day Prizing will be Club credit that can be used for membership or new to you plastic as follows:
    • 0-4 paid players – no prizing
    • 5-10 paid players – $15 to 1st
    • >10 paid players – $15 to 1st, $10 to 2nd
  • Club credit to the Overall League winner

2018 John Knight League Results
2018 Eddison League Results!

2014-2017 RESULTS
Previous Handicaps
2014-2017 All Hole-by-Hole League Scores
2014-2017 All Hole-by-Hole League Scores – PNG Images
2017 League Results
2016 League Results
2014/2015 League Results
2014 Fall/Winter League Result

Handicaps prior to 2018 were calculated as follows:

  • >10 Rounds: Average best 4 in last 10
  • 8-10 Rounds: Average best 3 in last 8
  • 5-7 Rounds: Average best 2 in last 5
  • <=4 Rounds: Best Score

TOURNAMENTS

SNOWY MOUNTAINS MARATHON
26-28 JANUARY 2018

Get ready to play a whole bunch of disc golf in the beautiful Snowy Mountains! The ACT Disc Golf Club is hosting a fun filled tournament spanning the 5 local courses over the three days of the Australia Day Weekend 2018.

The plan is to play one course Friday afternoon and two on Saturday, and a final two on Sunday. All courses will be played on the local standard layout to keep things fun and simple. The emphasis will be on social disc golf where we will be having mixed division cards for all rounds to spice things up a bit.

Tournament accommodation is being perused so stay tuned here to get the scoop. The plan will be to have all participants stay in the same area so to engage in nightly social gatherings and events.

So stay tuned for now but lock the dates in and watch this space for more details. Sign up now!

Register here:
http://www.australiandiscgolf.com/events/register_generic.php?event_id=195

Cool peeps who are going here:
http://www.australiandiscgolf.com/events/list_registrations_action.php?event_id=195&hide_paid=true

THE SIZZLER – 2018 ACT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
17-18 FEBRUARY 2018


The ACT Disc Golf Club is proud to bring you the 2018 Sizzler – ACT Disc Golf Championships. If you’ve been waiting for an update on this event, apologies for the delay.

After much deliberation, we have decided to change the venue for the Sizzler this year to the Australian Championships Course which will be held in November at Weston Park. Many of us felt that it would be better to put in the effort on the champs course to really dial it in and to also help work on making this a permanent venue in the future. So, while West Lake Ginninderra might be a venue we could use in the future, we will be holding the Sizzler at Weston Park.

That being said, you will likely be stoked that we have made this change as the course is looking amazing and we will be playing on a championship level 27 basket course. If you came to the Sizzler last year and liked the course, the new course is only better! Many of last years holes will be either the same or slightly modified with an extra 9 holes added which will eliminate some walks and allow for a bit better flow.

Register for this exciting tournament here!
See registered players list

Event Fees are as follows:
$100 for MPO
$75 for all other divisions
$10 less for ACT DGC members

All players must pay beforehand via bank transfer to our club account which is the following:
Bank: St George Bank
Account Name: ACT Disc Golf Club
BSB: 112-908
Account Number: 486 897 988

Please add your name and event in the description please.

We are currently working on some great venues for the tournament and can ensure that this will be a fun and social weekend of great disc golf.

Here is what to expect:
– 27 basket course (All RPM stand mounted baskets)
– Two rounds of 27 holes (1 Saturday and 1 Sunday)
– Final 9 for top 4 MPO
– Players meeting on Friday evening to allow for easier running shotgun start on Saturday morning
– Great catered lunches
– Well run event with good prizing
– Good organized social evenings
– Lots of fun
– Unsure if you are ready for a tournament – beginner divisions available

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday 16 February

  • 9am – Course open for practice
  • 4pm – Course taken down
  • 6pm – Players meeting and social (location TBD)

Saturday 17 February

  • 7:00am – Course open for practice
  • 9:30am – First round start
  • 1:00pm – Lunch
  • 6:00pm – Social food and drinks (location TBD)

Sunday 18 February

  • 7:00am – Course open for practice
  • 9:30am – Second round start
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:15pm – Final 9 for top four open men
  • 2:45pm – Awards and prizing

2018 THE SIZZLER – ACT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – FULL RESULTS
2017 THE SIZZLER – ACT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – FULL RESULTS
2016 THE SIZZLER – ACT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – FULL RESULTS
2015 THE SIZZLER – ACT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – FULL RESULTS

PUTTING COURSE

There is a putting course in Eddison Park on Basket #2. There are 21 locations marked with yellow markers (going from close to far in an ‘S’ pattern).
The rules are simple:
’21’
You get one shot at each location (easy to hard). Your score is the total number of completed putts.

‘Get Them All’
Count the number of putts it takes to complete all 21 locations.

MEMBERSHIP

We have changed our membership system starting in 2019 to better reflect the needs of our members. We have reduced our membership fee and made league days separate to membership but at a reduced cost. Here is the breakdown:

      • $25/year (from when you sign up to the same date the next year)
      • Includes a numbered ACT DGC bag tag, and ACT DGC Towel for first time members
      • $5 League day
      • Discounted discs through the ACT DGC shop ($2 less per disc)
      • Voting Rights

!!!Current Membership list is here!!!

 

HOW TO PLAY

OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME
Disc Golf is played with similar rules to traditional golf with the object being to
get a flying disc into an elevated metal basket in as few throws as possible.
The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins.

SAFETY

      • Always give other park users the right of way
      • Never throw when players or park users are within range
      • Be aware of your surroundings and environment.

COURSE COURTESY

      • Remain quiet and avoid unnecessary
        movements while others are throwing.
      • Stay behind the player who is throwing
        until their throw is complete.
      • Remove your disc from the basket
        immediately after completing the hole.
      • Help new players learn the rules.
      • Allow faster groups to play through
        when possible.
      • Pick up trash and keep the park clean
      • Do not alter the course and/or vegetation
        in any way.

RULES

1. Tee Throws
Each hole begins with a throw from the tee. Tee throws must be completed with at least one foot touching the concrete pad or behind and between the front of tee markers.

2. Lie
The lie is the spot where the player’s previous throw has landed. Either play from behind the disc (in the line of play toward the basket), or a player may mark their lie with a mini disc in order to pick up and throw the same disc again.

3. Throwing Order
The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole; equal scores do not change the throwing order. After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the basket always throws first.

4. Fairway Throws
Fairway throws must be made from directly behind the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is
allowed, unless the lie is within 10 meters of the basket.

5. Putting
Any shot within 10 meters of the basket requires that the player not move past the lie until the disc is at rest.

6. Completion Of Hole
A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.

7. Unplayable Lie
If any disc comes to rest above the ground (such as in a tree) it is considered an unplayable lie (unless it is Out of Bounds, see below). Mark the approximate position on the ground directly underneath the disc with a mini disc and proceed to play from the new lie with no penalty. If you cannot physically play from the lie, you may move your lie away from the basket on the line of play to the closest playable position.

8. Out Of Bounds
Any areas marked on signs or on the course description are Out of Bounds (OB). A disc must be fully off of the playing area to be considered OB. Any shot that goes OB will be played from the approximate position that it went OB; you are allowed to take 1m relief off any OB line (whether or not you are just close or if you did go OB). Any shot that goes OB incurs a 1 stroke penalty added to scoring of the hole. Permanent water hazards and public roads are always out of bounds.