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Frisbee Golf?

It's Snow Problem!

By Adam Brothers
On February 9, 2012

Even with the cold and snow of winter, you can still see discs flying on the disc golf course.

Contrary to the biggest disincentive for disc golfers to play in winter, which is the possibility of losing a disc under the snow, with little snowfall and such cold temperatures the snow throughout campus is hard, icy, and fast. So, discs are staying above the snow, creating great disc golfing circumstances.

Bill Spaulding, a ski resort major and skilled disc golfer, has been playing the snow covered course. "It was certainly fun to be doing a warm time activity when many people would never think about going out and doing it," he told.

LSC student, Scott Savage, has also been playing disc golf despite the snow, with great success. "The snow's not the best for riding but it's spot on for throwing discs," he said.

When the light, fluffy powder does come, discs will easily be lost under the snow, but there is a trick to keeping track of discs in the deep snow. Take the lightest and brightest ribbon you can find, cut it to about three or four feet in length. Then, adhere the ribbon  directly in the middle of the disc. If it is not attached exactly in the middle, the disc will not fly correctly. Precision is very important here. If the ribbon is light and properly fastened the disc will fly unaffected and, upon landing, the disc will sink under the snow and the ribbon will remain above the surface for you to locate and play on. As of present conditions though, the ribbons are not necessary.

Occasionally, if a disc flips upside down in flight or on a bounce, it will land and slide like a saucer down the icy, sloped course, not necessarily where you want it to go. So keep your discs level in flight and away from steep slopes, or you may find yourself far off from your original intention. Or, in some parts of the course you can take advantage of the course's slippery slopes. It's a matter of curving the disc upside-down onto a place on the sloped fairway so that it can slide on its topside to the hole. (This worked best on hole 13, driving from atop president's hill) "It's super fun to get the discs to slide on top of the snow," Spaulding said, pleased with the unique new opportunity.

Grady Hunihan is also satisfied with winter disc golfing. "I almost like playing in the snow better. I haven't played in a while but it always seem to work like that…I don't play for months, then I play one round and it's the best round I've ever thrown."

If walking through snow doesn't sound like your particular cup of tea, wear snowshoes or cross-country skis to make the round more swift and navigable, but whatever you do, don't play with white discs!

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