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Denmark  The Rise and Fall and Rise of Disc Golf in Denmark
Saturday 1st January
Disc golf has been played and enjoyed since the early start
of frisbee sports back in late 70�s and early 80�s. Back then
pole holes where almost unknown and targets were lampposts,
benches or even trash cans. Just like in every other country
back then. Players had fun just tossing the disc and it didn't
really matter if events and festivals were freestyle, ultimate,
SCF or disc golf. We all simple enjoyed the flight of a disc
and the company of each other. I was just a small boy back then
but I will never forget the joy of being among all these fine
frisbee tossers not to mention my fascination of how well a
disc could be thrown.

I was thrilled when I played my first international tournament
in �82, the Copenhagen Open Disc Golf Tournament had more than
100 players. Now I'm still small but not a boy any longer. I
have grown up having the sport of disc golf as my always-true
companion. Both disc golf and my self have had our ups and downs.
In 1984 Denmark's first 9 hole course was installed in Odense.
The opening tournament had players from Sweden but it was the
always steady Flemming Larsen who won the tournament and a pole
hole glittering in gold-spray-paint. The year after, Horsens
Frisbee Klub announced they would be next. The beautiful City
Park and its ancient trees would also have pole holes(baskets)
installed. Things really happened in the western part of Denmark
back then. Soon Esbjerg got a course, only three pole holes,
but still
The year was 1986 when East Denmark finally got a 9 hole course.
Unfortunately the area in Odense had problems with water and
the baskets were transferred to the club I was playing for.
It was bad luck for the guys from Odense, but nevertheless we
were quite happy to take advantage of their misfortune. I remember
when the first 6 baskets were in, we played at least 100 rounds
that evening.

Suddenly a change in our frisbee community occurred. Lots of
players disappeared and the few that were left crossed over
to ultimate. Disc Golf had difficulties keeping players coming
to tournaments and yes, I'm so sorry to confess that even I,
your truly faithful disc golfer by heart and soul, also vanished
from the scene. It was hard work living off beer alone, so I
started playing again after high school and enjoying the temptations
that period of time offered me. For 2 or 3 years there was only
a handful of players spread all over the nation. These were
difficult times, practising all alone and also being the only
traveller. But, as in any other crisis there will always come
a turning point and for disc golf in Denmark this held true.
Now we have 8 courses in Denmark. Two of these are at sport
colleges, one at a congress centre and the rest are public courses,
free to play. The number of players increases every year, but
still we are far from where we want to be. But most important
we do have the foundation from where growth hopefully will occur:
Courses. This year more Danish players than ever will travel
to international tournaments. Vice versa international players
will hopefully come to the Danish Open. Maybe the crisis of
disc golf in Denmark is a closed chapter for now. The sport
has grown up to be mature and is ready to handle the ups and
downs life offers. Just like I did.

Contact: S�ren Larsen +45 (0)49-21 10 77
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