When American students at Yale University early last century picked up and threw discarded pie tins and discovered they had aerodynamic qualities, they spawned a new sport that swept the world.
Called disc-golf (rather than frisbee-golf) because toy-maker Wham-O alone owns the 'frisbee' trademark, the game is played by over half a million around the world but chiefly by US students and in Scandinavia. There are even professional players.
Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, except that players use specially-designed plastic flying discs instead of balls and clubs, and throw them to eventually reach a target - a steel basket over which chains hang - which stands at about five feet above-ground target.
However, there are different types of discs – including 'drivers' for initial throws from the tee and 'putters' to deliver that final throw.
The object of the game is to throw the disc into the target in the fewest number of throws.
Players from 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA will be fighting to take the crown, with highest-ranked players qualifying for the European Open, held in Finland, and the US Disc Golf Championships in South Carolina.
“The course is going to be tough for the visitors and my intimate knowledge of the course is sure to help me, " says Brown. "I'm looking to reach the final."
Says tournament director, Tim Herring: “We have a new, '18- hole' short-course, which demands pin-point accuracy and avoidance of some notorious obstacles.
Most infamous is the Lake Hope hole which requires an 80-metre tee shot over a lake, through a small gap between the trees on the other side. Spectators are welcome on both days with the final rounds, beginning at 1pm on the Sunday.
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