At Les Fourgs, the French disc golf championships, a little-known sport from the United States

At Les Fourgs, the French disc golf championships, a little-known sport from the United States
At Les Fourgs, the French disc golf championships, a little-known sport from the United States

The weekend of Friday, May 10, the French disc golf championships take place in Les Fourgs, near Pontarlier in Haut-Doubs. This discipline, coming from the United States, is still little known in France. This weekend, 110 players from all over France will compete for the title.

A hybrid sport

The rules are more or less the same as in golf. The difference: no ball or club, we play with our hands and a Frisbee. The objective is to put the disc in a sort of basket with as few throws as possible.

“We do an 18-hole course, like golf. It’s a real physical activity: a round of disc golf is 3 hours and 30 minutes of effort. We can do that at the professional level but also for leisure, it ‘is for all ages’explains Maxime Geoffroy, the organizer of the competition.

“It’s truly an intergenerational discipline”

“It’s truly an intergenerational discipline”testifies Olga, 37 years old. “The youngest player is 10 and the oldest is 66”, specifies Maxime Geoffroy. At the French disc golf championship, players come for the conviviality. Moreover, the discipline is considered very family-friendly. The youngest player, Léo, 10 years old, came with his father and his 15-year-old older brother, who are also participating in the championships.

On the courses, players move around with small carts filled with discs. © Radio France
Julie Viallon

“Our father is passionate, he taught us to play and now we do all the competitions with him” says the big brother.

In communion with nature

“99% of disc golf players will tell you that they play because they enjoy walking in nature.”explains Paul, who came from Seine-et-Marne for the competition. “What I like is nature. And then all the psychological aspects: it’s a sport where we have to keep calm and which pushes us to surpass ourselves,” Olga testifies.

Among the players, amateurs, like Olga, but also professionals who train all year round to win the competition.

See you on Sunday May 12, at the end of the day, to find out the French disc golf champion.

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