Participants in the 1985 East Hall Frisbee golf tournament.
“Don’t touch that,” he said. “They’re playing Frisbee golf.”
I must have looked baffled, because he explained. “You know, aiming at doors and stuff?”
It’s a bit more organized than that, but until recently, the goal of Frisbee golf was, in fact, to hit “doors and stuff.” As in golf, each “hole” has a par. Players attempt to hit each target with an under-par number of throws, and at the end of the course, the player with the lowest score – the fewest number of throws needed to hit all the targets – wins.
In 2001, the 18-hole course was redesigned slightly to reflect some facilities changes on campus and make the course more official. The Bernheim House porch target, for example, was eliminated when the building was removed to make way for the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, but the construction of two nearby residence halls provided a spot for a new hole between Robertson and South Halls.
Traditionally, this Chapel door is the first "hole" in Frisbee golf. To protect the doors, statues, lamp posts, trees and sculptures on campus, in 2001 the College installed wooden posts to serve as official targets.
In the redesign of the course, much to purists’ chagrin,
wooden targets were installed to minimize damage to College property – the old targets were doors, statues, sculptures, trees, lamp poles – but the general goal remains the same.
Though it’s uncertain when Frisbee golf became popular on campus, David Wartluft ’60 confirms that it’s been around for at least 45 years. He never played, himself, but remembers other students throwing a round of 18 holes on occasion.
Now a Greek Week event, Frisbee golf can get a bit competitive, but it’s always great fun. Bridget Brown ’86 remembers East Hall Frisbee golf tournaments in 1985 and 1986, for which she and Kim (Caputo) Noe ’86 were cold-drink “caddies.” “It was lots of fun,” she says. “We all got dressed up in over the top golf clothes — madras pants, caps, argyle vests etc.”
Official Frisbee golf course maps are available in the Campus Safety office and the course begins at the cornerstone at 23rd and Chew, so toss a Frisbee in the trunk as you pack to head back to the ’Berg for Reunion or another summer visit. Argyle vests are optional.
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