Kippure Estate Disc golf
Through the combined work of Ken Jarvis and David Moore, with some helpful funding campaigns, the dream was finally realised in 2014.
St Columb’s Park Disc Golf
In April 2018 Northern Ireland received it’s first disc golf course in St Columb’s Park in Derry. Set within the city along the banks of the River Foyle the course is built around this historic park and former manor house grounds. Starting in the walled garden of the estate, the course meanders around the tennis courts and down the hill to the infamous Hole 4. The course opens up through holes 5 to 8 and gives the player a chance to unleash their power before finishing a deceivingly tricky hole 9.
Designed with the casual player in mind, it is a perfect course to introduce newer players to the sport and for a quick 9 holes for anyone passing through.
University of Ulster Coleraine
2019 saw our third course established, this time in the grounds of the University of Ulster in Coleraine. The brainchild of Chris Millar, this course offers more of a challenge to the more seasoned player with holes ranging in length from 50m – 111m.
Hole 1 starts with a relatively straight forward hole before a tricky tree protected hole 2 and 3. The course opens up for hole 4 before two more tree lined fairways with hole 5 and 6. Hole 7 is a deceptively tricy hole at only 60m but plays a lot longer. Finally holes 8 and 9 open up once more so you can take out any frustrations from the previous holes with an almighty rip.
This is just the beginning of Disc Golf in Ireland. More courses have recently appeared in Westport House and People’s Park in Portarlington.
DGNI and the AIDG will continue working on introducing the joy of disc golf to the people of Ireland. Work is currently ongoing on other courses in Ireland and it is hoped that Ireland’s first 18 hole course is on the horizon.
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