Disc golf British Open for Dunbar

Finley Scanlon, 8, and Max Barbour,7, play disc golf at the Reeboot Disc golf course at Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar.
Finley Scanlon, 8, and Max Barbour,7, play disc golf at the Reeboot Disc golf course at Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar.

Over 70 disc golfers from around the world will descend on Dunbar this weekend for the start of the 2015 European Tour.

Scotland’s only disc golf company, ReBoot Disc Golf, based in Dunbar, is gearing up for the biggest tournament of the season, ‘The British Disc Golf Open’ sponsored by Vibram.

The event is also the first stop on the Scottish Quaich Tour where players representing over eight countries, including European Champion Seppo Paju from Finland and Scottish Champion, Seonaidh Charity, will compete for a prize in excess of £2k and locally sponsored prizes.

ReBoot, based on the site of Scotland’s first wakeboarding company, Foxlake Adventures, was set up two and half years ago by American-born Seamus Scanlon, who was instrumental in the success of one of the biggest disc golf parks in New England in 1997 on Martha’s Vineyard.

The sport is enjoying an explosion of interest from people of all ages and abilities around the world with the number of people now playing weekly in East Lothian quadrupling since 2013.

Seamus said: “The countdown has started to what will be an incredible weekend of disc golfing in East Lothian, Players are flying in from all over the world including the States to take part in this fantastic competition, which I’m very proud and excited to be hosting.”

Disc golf, also known as frisbee golf, which is the fastest growing sport worldwide, dates back to the early 1900s. The aim of the game, which is similar to golf as it has the same terminology and similar technique, is to complete each hole in as few attempts as possible by throwing a flying disc into a metal chained basket on a pole.

Seamus continued: “To watch a sport which has been my passion for the last 25 years grow at this phenomenal rate in Scotland has been amazing. It seems everyone who tries it out for the first time becomes hooked in the same way I did.”

ReBoot is working in partnership with Active Schools and the sport is now part of the curriculum in three East Lothian schools.