East Lothian hosts British Open of frisbee disc golf

Finley Scanlon, eight, and Max Barbour,seven, try it out. Picture: Toby Williams

Finley Scanlon, eight, and Max Barbour,seven, try it out. Picture: Toby Williams

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East Lothian has a sterling reputation as Scotland’s golf coast – and this weekend more than 70 of the world’s top players are set to arrive for a major international competition.

But there will be no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in sight – as this is a very different kind of golf.

Disc golf, which sees players attempt to throw a frisbee-like object into a metal chained basket, is a growing sport and even boasts, like the other kind of golf, its own European tour.

The British Disc Golf Open takes place in Dunbar, with competitors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United States and Britain all involved. Defending champion Jeppe Ask Sørensen and current European champion Seppo Paju are among those taking part at the ReBoot centre, on the site of wakeboarding company Foxlake Adventures.

ReBoot owner and tournament organiser Seamus Scanlon said the number of people playing the sport in East Lothian had quadrupled since 2013.

The American, who opened Foxlake two and a half years ago, 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. It will be great for both players and spectators who I’d encourage to give it a shot on the day if they haven’t tried if before.”

Three primary schools in Lothian have disc golf baskets in their playgrounds.

Mr Scanlon said: “If you’ve thrown a frisbee, you’re halfway there; if you’ve played golf, you already know the rules.”