By Melissa Robinson
Sports and sporting events
abound in Henry County, and if you look hard enough, there is
something for everyone. There’s the ubiquitous soccer and all of the
standards like football, baseball, tennis, basketball and even
hockey, but there are even more unique, yet growing opportunities,
such as disc golf.
Mike Haney works on his short
game at the disc golf course in J.P. Moseley Park.
Photo by Melissa Robinson
According to disc golf
player and McDonough resident Mike Haney, disc golf is one of
the fastest growing sports in Georgia, and Henry County is home
to one of the state’s premier disc golf courses. He said that on
Aug. 10, more than 70 players are expected to converge on J.P.
Moseley Park in Stockbridge for the 2013 Hotlanta Disc Golf
Tournament, which will attract players from throughout the
reports that there are currently 4,225 disc golf courses in the
United States, and J.P. Moseley Park has a disc golf course that
ranks in the top five percent in the country.
According to the Professional
Disc Golf Association (PDGA), disc golf is played like traditional
golf but instead of using clubs and balls, the player throws a disc
with the goal of completing each hole in as few strokes, or throws,
Moseley is currently an
18-hole course; however, Haney said the disc golf community has been
given the green light to clear land in the park for an additional
nine holes, which will give it the potential to attract bigger
tournaments. He said volunteers will clear the land for the
According to Craig Nettleship,
this year’s tournament director, the Hotlanta Tournament is a tier C
tournament that will take place all in one day.
Nettleship is relatively new
to the sport of disc golf but said he played golf professionally
from 1996 to 2000, and that disc golf is equally addictive.
“Everything that has been
written about or talked about in traditional golf can be applied to
disc golf,” said Nettleship. “No matter how amazing a shot is or how
you play, you can always play or do it a little better.”
Haney has been playing disc
golf for several years and is Nettleships’s brother –in-law. He said
there is an active and vibrant golf community in Henry County and it
is growing. And one of the things he loves about disc golf is that
it is for everyone, from kids to seniors.
“It’s such a great workout.
Besides the throwing, playing every nine holes is like hiking
through the woods for an hour and a half,” said Haney.
Haney said he sometimes plays
a version of disc golf where he sprints to each hole after a throw
to pump up the workout factor.
Both men agree that disc golf
gives the same rush and satisfaction of traditional golf, but at a
fraction of the price. Haney said someone interested in starting out
can buy a $7 disc and just get out to Mosley Park, which is free to
use. For a little variety, you can purchase a starter set of discs
for about $20 at most sporting goods stores.
“It’s relatively inexpensive
to start, and when I first came out, I used a Frisbee,” he laughed.
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