Redlands to open is first disc golf course at Valantine Park, Birkdale

Plastic discs will be flying at Alexandra Hills on Sunday, March 14, with the opening of the first Redlands disc golf course.

PLAY TIME: Disc players Dale McFarlane and Gavin Cowan with the discs and baskets.

PLAY TIME: Disc players Dale McFarlane and Gavin Cowan with the discs and baskets.

Mayor Karen Williams said the construction of the nine-hole course at Valantine Park was a move to add different elements to parks.

"Disc golf, which is sometimes referred to as frisbee golf, is played much like traditional golf with tees and fairways, and Valantine Park's trees and terrain make it the ideal location for a course," Cr Williams said.

"The community park is big enough to accommodate a range of recreational activities, and recently-installed public amenities allow visitors to stay and play longer.

"As disc golf is free to play and is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, it's an exciting new addition to this popular park and offers an extra incentive for families and visitors to get out and enjoy our naturally wonderful open spaces."

Cr Tracey Huges said she had funded the city's first disc golf course through her divisional community infrastructure program.

"I saw a mini version at a school fete and it was so much fun," Cr Huges said.

"In disc golf, a disc replaces the ball, a person's arm replaces the club and a target, such as a metal basket, replaces the hole.

"The aim is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws.

"There will be plenty of challenges and, no doubt, plenty of excitement and frustrations just like in traditional golf - whether it's making a long basket straight off the tee or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway.

"A course map will be installed to guide players, so you just need to bring your discs."

Disc golf fan Dale McFarlane said it was good to have a course just a few minutes' drive from home.

"Prior to this course being approved by council, Redlands Coast players were required to drive upwards of 30 minutes in order to play, so you can only imagine the excitement surrounding the news of this new course," Mr McFarlane said.

Council will monitor the course to determine whether the concept might suit other parks.

The course includes nine tee areas and baskets. The first tee and basket, with a how to play sign, are at the southern end near Mackay Court.

The opening will feature an exhibition game at 3.30pm, which visitors can join, followed by a barbecue.

There will be 50 council-sponsored discs for people to borrow. People also can buy discs from Redlands Coast Disc Golf Club. For information email redlandscoastdiscgolf@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.