Brookhill will be the site of a different kind of golf Saturday, June 4.
Brookhill Golf Course north of Rantoul borders a park. While some golfers will be trying to put golf balls into little round holes, other golfers — disc golfers — will be trying to throw discs into metal baskets.
The first Rantoul disc golf tournament will be held at the park. Three nine-hole rounds will be played, with registration and check-in set from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the red pavilion building. A nominal fee will be charged to play. All players receive a professional disc golf disc.
Play will begin after a quick rules meeting and players meeting. The first disc will fly about 10 a.m.
Bill “Wilbur” Wallis, one of the state’s most avid disc golf players and a member of the Rantoul Disc Golf Club, said the first two rounds will be played in the morning, and the third round after lunch. Competition should be finished by 4 p.m.
No experience is needed to play.
“The purpose of the tournament is to see if there is enough interest” to develop a permanent course in Rantoul, Wallis said.
Spectators are welcome.
“If people want to come and watch, they can. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to do a round.”
Wallis, who will help design the temporary course at Brookhill Park and has designed numerous disc golf courses in various states, said the course will be a “fairly easy” one.
“We’re borrowing nine baskets from the Peoria Frisbee Club. Our goal would be to get it permanent.”
Toward that end, Wallis said the club has made invitations to the Rantoul Rec Department to attend the tournament.
He said players from several Illinois communities are expected to participate.
Wallis and his family are avid disc golf followers. He and his wife as well as his parents are all disc golf officials. His parents travel throughout the country to officiate tournaments.
The Rantoul Disc Golf Club was formed recently primarily by residents of Rantoul and Urbana.
Wallis plays in about 15 disc golf tournaments a year and said he would play more if his job at Bell Sports allowed it.
“It’s a whole lot cheaper than golf,” he said. “Most courses, there’s no fee to play if they’re in public parks. Probably 98 percent are free.”
Just like regular golf, the distance to be covered determines which disc the player uses.
There are drivers and putters — the drivers flying farther and the putters used for the short shots.
Discs weigh more than a typical Frisbie — about 170 grams compared to about 110 grams — and are smaller.
In the event of rain, the tournament will still go on. “The only thing (that could stop the tournament) would be lightning,” Wallis said.
More information on the tournament is available at illinoisdiscgolf.com or by calling 893-8195.