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FROLF - Katie Bamber, Whistler BC
Wednesday August 2, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Frisbee-golf; Intro'ed as a summer sport popular enough to rival biking in Whistler. NEW

If mountain biking leaves you exhilarated, covered in cuts and with a memory of your front tyre then Frolf will give you the perfect opposite.

18 holes takes a couple of hours and provides at the very least a route to take in views and be outside.

Socialising is at its core; it's a game for everyone.

Whistler BCWhistler BC

Everything counts; everything surrounding is involved.

Trees to knock into, hills to fall down... It's all fair game.

That said, it's not a dirty one.

So Frolf on a city course would have buildings, signs, people as obstacles.

If someone kindly throws a disc back to you or a dog runs off with it, that's where you take it from.

Whistler in British Columbia is where I was broken in to the game.

The challenges were the treacherous terrain, discs rolling far down and away or dropping off a cliff.

GripThe basics

Teeing off - Hole 1Teeing off

But after the first few holes the climbs get steeper, the basket-holes better hidden and the risk of disc loss more likely.

The perfect hangover 'pursuit' stepped up into a hike and forced recovery by hole 9.

Frolf discs - smaller & heavier than FrisbeesFrolf discs - smaller & heavier than Frisbees

The 'hole'The 'hole'

The views were spectacular, the terrain we covered adventurous and the feeling it left you with was mellow.

So it's pretty straightforward - wherever the disc lands, that's where you play the next shot from.

Tee-ing offTee-ing off

Hole 5Hole 5

Strategy talk Strategy talk

The Coast Mountain range was the perfect setting; wooded and rocky, so shaded but with good look out points.

Whistler's course runs by the Lost Lake Park with 27 holes to play.

Broken into 9-hole sections, the middle lot are the most challenging, having to toss then follow your discs up (or down) steep rock and hillside.

FrolfBehind in the game

Somewhere in the middle of the roundSomewhere in the middle of the 18-hole round

Still frolfingStill frolfing

We saw barely anyone on the round, a couple of distant mountain bikers, and one man doing putting practice after a low game the day before.

I wouldn't judge it a sport that warrants any serious or lonesome practice.


The views towards hole 18 are spectacularThe views towards hole 18 are spectacular

The climbsThe climbs

Looking for wayward discs takes up much of the playing time.

So, similar to golf in spirit, if a little lighter, and a good day off from mountain biking if you're out in the hills.

Go do it: In Whistler - it's free, uncrowded, rugged...
I can only throw a frisbee one way and still managed to keep up - but yes, well over par.

Where else do you get to finish a frolfing day with a swim like thisWhere else do you get to finish a frolfing day with a swim like this

Whistler When in Whistler

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