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Mar, 2021

Enjoy renovated disc golf course at Avent Park

Almost seven years ago, Christian Camp didn’t know the first thing about disc golf. A friend of his asked him to play one afternoon, he told him the concept was similar to the golf played with clubs, and that it had some similarities to ultimate frisbee.

“I started playing for a couple of years just as a casual thing with friends and then I played my first tournament in 2016,” Camp said. “The community is awesome and I could tell I just wanted to keep doing it and get more competitive.”

For the past three years, Camp has been playing professionally, and keeping in shape for tournaments by utilizing the nine-hole course at Avent Park. For those that like fun facts or trivia, the Avent course has been around since 1994.

“This course teaches you a lot of stuff that the Ole Miss course doesn’t. This course is great for bringing people that haven’t played before. It’s very beginner friendly,” said Camp, who plays Avent once a week. “This is a course that maybe doesn’t get the love it should because it’s not one that you wouldn’t play competitively.”

There have been several improvements recently made to the course by Oxford’s building and grounds department. Camp thought the new tee boxes and the clearing away of trees to provide better sight lines made the course even better.

“You could tell that the course was just here. That is one of the beautiful things about disc golf. You can put the baskets up and they are there and when things get overgrown, that just becomes a part of the challenge,” Camp said. “With that being said, when there is a course that is actually being taken care of, it just makes it that much more desirable to play. It’s like when you go to a nice country club, you would rather go play there instead of a complex that’s not.”

All the holes at Avent Park are par 3, so a birdie is completed in 2 shots. A disc has to rest inside the basket in order for the hole to be completed. Camp said that most of the holes are great for a new player because they aren’t too long. Good form is a key to getting distance on throws, and there are several different ways a player can accomplish that.

“There is a backhand, which is a traditional way like you throw a frisbee,” Camp said. “Then there is a forehand which is like skipping a rock type throw more so. There is also something called a Tomahawk, which is when you throw overhand like a baseball. Then there is also something called a thumber.”
Camp grew up playing baseball, and he threw the disc like he did a baseball, which is a sport that transitions well to disc golf.

“I’ve never been able to really explain it but the best player in the world was a highly competitive baseball player through college,” Camp said. “I’ve seen the ones that don’t have a baseball background where it may take longer to get used to the throwing. When I first started, I only threw Tomahawks and I was able to get 350 feet. That’s not the traditional way, so after about a year, I worked on getting my form better. Your form gets better the more you play and I would say that my form is cleaner than what it was in the past.”

Disc golfers are able to use the course every day of the week as Avent is open to the public from dusk to dawn. With the time now changed, there is even more daylight available for disc golfers to practice their skills. There are a number of different discs that can be used by players, and Dick’s Sporting Goods has a number of options to choose from. Another great tool while playing disc golf is to use the app UDisc.

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