Kiwanis Park gets new disc golf putting green

It’s golf, but without the heavy clubs, carts and dress code, and it’s coming to Poulsbo this weekend.

The Kiwanis of Greater Poulsbo and the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a celebration this weekend of the new disc golf putting green at Betty Iverson Kiwanis Park, located at 20255 1st Ave. NE.

The event will take place at noon Aug. 1 and feature experts demonstrating the sport, along with free root beer floats and a drawing for a free disc golf starter set.

“One of the things I love the most about Poulsbo is the spirit of volunteerism, service and stewardship,” said Poulsbo Parks and Rec director Dan Schoonmaker.

He said Kiwanis has partnered with the city in maintaining and improving Kiwanis Park. “The addition of a disc golf putting green is just another example of their continued service to the community,” he added.

Disc golf is a simpler, more-accessible version of golf. Players use frisbee-shaped discs to advance along the course and try to toss their disc into a basket attached to a pole. The rules are still the same, though — get that disc into the basket in as few strokes as possible.

The sport is growing throughout the country, particular among those ages 50 and older as it is an inexpensive and social athletic outlet. Kitsap County is home to a number of disc golf courses, including NAD Park, The Bud Pell and Kitsap Fairgrounds, in Bremerton, and Van Zee Park in Port Orchard, which are maintained by the West Sound Disc Golf Association. There are also other courses in Poulsbo (Fredericksen Park), Bainbridge Island (Battle Point Park) and unincorproated Port Orchard near Burley (Horseshoe Lake).

“My wife and I have been to three disc golf parks in the county, and what we’ve seen these guys do is amazing,” Kiwanian Daryl Elves said. “They can throw that disc incredibly far, make it wrap around a tree, soar over a pond, and have it land right where they want it. When I try that, the disc sails gracefully in the air, and I proudly watch it arc and curve. However it soon heads back my way, lands on its side, and rolls off into the bushes. Nonetheless, it’s a great sport that gets you out into the beauty of nature.”