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Ronnie Barr gets in a round of disc golf at the Orangeburg course in this file photo.

Chris Brown calls disc golf a “life sport.”

“It’s something you can do your entire life,” the Rock Hill resident said. If you can walk and throw a disc, you can enjoy a day outside on a course.

And it’s fun for all ages. His daughter, Hope Brown, is the two-time 13-and-under junior world champion.

Brown stopped by Orangeburg on Thursday afternoon to enjoy a little disc golf while he was in the area. He’s played in the Orangeburg Festival of Roses tournament in the past and enjoyed it.

The Orangeburg course “is fun. It’s beautiful.”

Located at 690 Andrew Dibble St. in the Edisto Memorial Gardens, the professionally designed course features hole signs, cement tee pads and regulation target baskets.

The course stretches 6,011 feet -- 2,569 feet on the front nine, and 3,442 feet on the back.

Orangeburg’s course opened in 2002 to take advantage of the rising popularity of the sport, which was created in the 1970s.

The game is similar to traditional golf, but a flying disc or a Frisbee is used in the place of a golf ball and clubs.

Instead of aiming for a hole on a green, the course features "Pole Holes": metal poles with hanging chains to slow the disc and an extended basket used to catch the disc as it falls, thereby sinking the putt.

Holes vary greatly in distance, placing premiums on both distance and accuracy, just as in traditional golf.

The course is free and open to the public, and the only equipment required is a disc.

Find out more about disc golf at www.pdga.com.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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