From left, Brandon Redmond, of Harrison Township; Noah Carroll and John Cucchiara, both of Grosse Pointe City; and Mike Wood, of Shelby Township, take part in a disc golf match at Brys Park Jan. 5.

From left, Brandon Redmond, of Harrison Township; Noah Carroll and John Cucchiara, both of Grosse Pointe City; and Mike Wood, of Shelby Township, take part in a disc golf match at Brys Park Jan. 5.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Glow disc golf league brightens Brys Park in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 16, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A mashup of two sports is lighting up the dark this winter at Brys Park.

“It’s very much like regular golf. You throw your disc. The object is to get it into the disc golf basket in as few throws as possible,” said Noah Carroll, of Grosse Pointe City, president of the Disc Golf Club.

This winter, the club is putting on a glow disc golf league at Brys Park, 20700 Brys Drive, on Fridays beginning at 6:45 p.m. through March 30. 

Disc golf is a game played with discs that are thrown into baskets along a course. The sport is very popular in Michigan, Carroll said. Disc golfers use a wide variety of discs in their play, just like golfers and clubs; some are made to go far, some to turn left and some to turn right, he explained. 

“There’s a whole flight pattern. This is not like a Wham-O Frisbee. You don’t want to really try to play catch with these,” he said. “It’s a yearlong sport. With the proper dress, it’s very fun to play outdoors in the cold.”

The glow league is meant to be played in the dark with discs that glow in the dark. There will be lights on the baskets, and Carroll said that players typically use powerful flashlights to charge the discs quickly. Glow-in-the-dark tape can also be used on regular discs.

“They shine that up with the flashlights and it glows pretty bright,” Carroll said. “Some people even put lights on their discs.”

Parks Director Tom Mel said that the league was given permission to be in the park after dark. St. Clair Shores parks are open from dawn to dusk, per city ordinance.

Although a round of disc golf between friends can take about an hour and a half, league play usually takes about three hours, Carroll said. New players are invited to drop in for free to try out the sport. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and the league will provide equipment for new players. 

The glow league is a fun, casual way to try out the sport, he said. 

“It’s a ‘come where you are’ type of thing. Show up any week,” he said. 

The dark and the cold don’t bother the players, Carroll said.

“That’s half the fun of playing in the winter,” he said. “It starts snowing, it’s fun. It just kind of turns into a different game.” 

Players can drop in to the league Fridays at Brys Park. For more information about the sport or the league, email noahcarroll10@yahoo.com.