For years The Reef has offered a nine hole golf course that is the eastern most golf course in the U.S. Now, in addition to their traditional nine hole golf course, The Reef offers the first disc golf course in the Caribbean! Started back in the mid-1970’s, disc golf is one of today’s fastest growing sports. There are over 4,000 disc golf Courses in the United States alone, and now you can play a round right here on St. Croix.
The Reef’s nine-hole disc golf course, ‘The Iguana’, was designed by the owner of Sun King Disc Sports, Michael Barnett. A second, even more challenging nine-hole course is slated to open soon, and will be appropriately named ‘The Mongoose’. Barnett was pleased to be part of this project, especially with The Iguana at The Reef being the first permanent course in the Caribbean. Not only is the disc golf course a fun new family activity for St. Croix, but it will hopefully inspire a disc golf following among locals and visitors. According to Barnett, with the sport of disc golf growing world wide it is possible that St. Croix could even host a weekend tournament for the Disc Golf Association in the future, which could draw 100+ disc golf players to the island.
If you are not familiar with disc golf it is played similarly to regular golf but differs in some ways, especially in regards to the equipment. Traditional golf is played using golf clubs and aiming golf balls for a hole in the ground marked with a removable flag. Disc golf players use golf discs (basically a Frisbee®) and aim for a ‘Disc Pole Hole’ – a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing at the Disc Pole Hole. According to Mike Hanne, Manager of The Reef, the best score he has heard about so far on The Iguana is 2 under par.
Whether you are seasoned player or a beginner, there are lots of things to love about disc golf. It is an easy sport to learn, and is healthy activity that it is accessible to people of all fitness levels. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and can be played alone or in groups. Disc golf is also very family-friendly, due to the fact that it can be played by all ages and is an inexpensive activity. Basically, if you can throw a Frisbee®, you can play disc golf.
The Iguana Disc Golf Course at The Reef is now open for play. For more information, or for reservations, please call (340) 773-8844. If you want to learn more about disc golf and its history, you can read all about it on the Disc Golf Association’s website. Get out to The Reef and give disc golf a try today!
– Jennie Ogden, Editor