The Sandy Hollow Disc Course opened in 2014. It is located at 434 Ferndale Drive North, in the northern section of the Barrie landfill site. Access to the course is from the driveway beside the Ferndale Drive North Water Tower, just south of Benson Drive. The 18-basket course offers free fun for the whole family.
Use at your own risk! This site is not considered accessible and is considered a natural hazard area.
Disc golf is a flying disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target called a basket. The game is played like traditional golf, with 9 or 18 baskets on narrow “fairways”. When the “putt” lands in the basket, the “hole” is completed. The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.
The course features a parking area, designated fairways and signage. The fairways are located on a combination of meadow tableland and hilly forest. The course is free of charge and suitable for all ages. Discs are not provided; players often use Frisbees as a substitute. Borrow a Disc Golf Set from the Barrie Public Library.
Parking Lot Gate Schedule
Please note that the front gates along Ferndale Drive North will be opened during fair weather months and closed during the winter months. Pedestrian access to the site is always available through the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail entrance.
How to Play Disc Golf
The object of disc golf is to have fun and complete the course in the fewest throws. Safety and courtesy are important. Be careful of plants, animals and other visitors. Throw only when the landing area is clear of people including other players.
- Start from the teeing area. The player must throw from behind the front of the teeing area.
- Subsequent shots are played from behind the spot where the previous shot came to rest. This spot is known as the "lie". If your disc comes to rest in a tree or bush, the lie is the sport on the ground directly below.
- A run-up and follow through are allowed, but the player must release the disc before stepping past the lie.
- A putt is a throw from within 10 metres (32.8 ft) of the target. When putting, you may not step past your lie until the disc comes to rest.
- The hole is completed when the disc comes to reset in the basket or chains. The hole is not completed if the disc is resting on the top of the target.
- If a shot goes out-of-bounds; play from either the last in-bounds location with 1-stroke penalty or retee with 1-stroke penalty.
Watch for Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is a naturally occurring plant in Barrie’s parks and along trails. The plant produces an oil that can remain active for several years; even handling dead leaves can cause a reaction. Oil transferred from the plant to other objects (such as pet fur) can also cause a rash if it comes into contact with skin. Contact with the plant can be avoided by staying on established trails and watching for it.
If you find poison ivy encroaching a trail or other frequently used location, please report it to Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 or Service.Barrie@barrie.ca.