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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –People in Thomasville are enjoying a new sport that's taking the world by storm. It's called disc golf and is played much like traditional golf.

But instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee.

It's a strange concept to some, using discs to play golf. But at Thomasville's MacIntyre Park, this new sport is flying high.

"I like spending a lot of time with my family doing this," says Samantha Sargeant. "And I'm glad they have it right in front of my yard."

The Warren and Sargeant families live right across the street from the park's new disc golf course installed by volunteers of Hands on Thomas County.

"All ages from the little ones all the way up to mom and dad," says Lisa Warren. "It's been good family fun with lots of memories and we're glad to be right across the street from it."

To play the game, participants throw Frisbee-like discs from gravel "tee boxes". The goal is to land the disc in each of the 12 metal basket "holes" scattered through the park in as few throws as possible.

"It's good, but it's long," admits David Sargeant. "One time me and my brother played and it took 3 hours moving around trying to find them because they're really hidden."

Just like regular golf, there's a lot of walking in disc golf. By the time players in Thomasville finish the course, they've walked nearly a mile.

"The exercise is great," explains Warren. "It keeps us from sitting in front of the TV and keeps us moving."

Samantha agrees, "It feels good to me. You get to exercise. Use your arms and stuff. And it's fun."

But players must be careful not to lose their discs on the challenging terrain.

"In the water a lot," Samantha tells us where she loses her Frisbee most often. "And I don't like going in the water.

David recalls, "One time it was sunny then out of no where it started raining. And the disc went all the way down into that canal and I had to get a new one."

But luckily for players, it only takes a couple bucks to replace a Frisbee and get back out on the course.

A group of players meets every Saturday morning at 9:30 at Thomasville's MacIntyre Park if you're interested in playing a round of disc golf.

Go HERE to find more disc golf courses in our area.

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