It's not just a Frisbee, it's a sport.
The sport of disc throwing is far from new. Don’t believe us? Think back to the ancient Greeks. That’s right; throwing a discus has not only made Dani Stevens famous, but those who enjoy the sport know that it’s been around for centuries longer.
Let’s get down to brass tacks. Disc golf at Perth’s newest courses are a far cry from the only activities visitors can experience. Using discs as a source of entertainment and fun has constantly developed over the years, and new and old sports continue to expand throughout the world, not to mention Australia. So, the next time you’re in Perth, consider giving discs a try. You might find a sport that fits your groove more than any others.
Though the heavier-weight discus may seem a divergent sport from those who love to practice today’s "thin-disc" sports, the principles leading to its play are strikingly similar. Mentioned first by Homer in the Iliad as a sporting event dating back to 800 BC, its emergence at the first Olympic event is hardly a coincidence. In fact, many speculate that the discus has been around for longer, incredibly lasting centuries to modern Olympics where it was, again, added to the first Games.
Bridging the gap between ancient and modern, the term “frisbee” came from the Frisbie pies located near Yale University. As the recreational activity of throwing pie tins became more popular in the area, investors became more interested in the sport one professor had dubbed a spring distraction, and west-coast inventors were hot on their heels. Wham-O eventually claimed the rights to the new sports sensation, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Many sports have evolved from classic disc-throwing, many of which have blossomed into highly competitive sports today. Perth, in Western Australia, has gradually built courses and clubs servicing various types of frisbee sports. Among the most loved are disc golf, ultimate frisbee, and disc dog.
Those unfamiliar with disc golf have likely heard of its prominent cousin, what we in the biz like to call “ball golf.” Instead of putting golf balls, disc golf involves throwing a disc toward baskets specially designed for disc golf purposes. Friends and family can compete or work together in this all-inclusive sport. Working different parts of the body to make the perfect throw can give you the exercise you need while spending time with loved ones gives you the motivation to keep at it.
Clubs all over Australia promote disc golf, and many offer merchandise at their on-site stores. Becoming a member is easy, and the benefits also include tournaments and interaction with professionals, usually giving you the option of meeting touring celebrities. A disc golf club is a great way to start the journey to becoming a disc golf legend yourself.
Just like disc golf, you’ve probably been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of ultimate frisbee. Often heralded as one of the best team-sport disc games, ultimate frisbee is unique in its method of play. Team members throw a disc to each other, ultimately aiming to land a catch across the goal line. Instead of trained professionals refereeing the sport, ultimate frisbee relies on players to judge which passes are and aren’t appropriate.
Western Australia’s ultimate frisbee clubs are easily found at WA Ultimate, and many parks all over WA offer locations for easy play. Like disc golf, ultimate frisbee tailors to competitions, which means that, if you want to become professionally involved in the sport, finding a club in which to participate is your best shot. KAOS and Murdoch Ultimate Frisbee clubs offer men’s women’s and mixed tournaments and are located near Perth.
Fortunately, man’s and woman’s best friends can join in disc throwing. It may surprise you to know that competitions form around the premise of dog-frisbee interaction. If you’re new to disc dog, think about what you’ve likely seen in the park. Throwing discs to dogs is not new, but some discs designed specifically for dogs are new.
Canine Disc Australia, is the go-to site for all disc dog. Clubs that specialize in disc dog create teams and work individually to compete nationally and abroad. Check out their website to find out more about this sport in Western Australia.
Experiencing any of these sports is well worth the time and effort it takes to travel to courses and parks. Perth’s own disc golf tournaments, courses, and clubs are found here and have been updated since September 2018.
Local Perth clubs indicate exactly where everything happens and when, including league days and tournaments. West Coast Disc Golf Perth , Mundaring disc golf club, and the Perth Disc Golf Club are great places to get started. Tournaments throughout Australia can be found at Australian Disc Golf.
There is so much to do with disc sports, and especially disc golf. Head out today and explore Perth’s disc golf courses and experiences!