Rainbow Ridge Golf Course offers the unique new sport ‘FlingGolf’

Dustin Peltier, customer relations manager coordinator at Rainbow Ridge Golf Course, demonstrates the overhand/lacrosse ‘fling’ technique for the hottest new game to hit the green, FlingGolf. photos by Robin Burridge

Golf/lacrosse hybrid game only requires one club

MANITOWANING—The Rainbow Ridge Golf Course is now of one six courses across Canada to offer the exciting new sport of FlingGolf, a hybrid of golf and lacrosse, which is quickly becoming a favourite amongst seasoned golfers and newcomers alike.

“We are currently one of six courses in Canada to offer FlingGolf and the first in Northeastern Ontario,” Dustin Peltier, customer relations manager coordinator at Rainbow Ridge, explained to The Expositor. “It is a lot of fun, only requires one club for every type of shot and can be learned quickly.”

Mr. Peltier said that the course was looking to introduce something to get younger people out to the golf course and that FlingGolf fit the bill because the game can be played without any alterations to the greens and doesn’t conflict with other golfers’ games.

FlingGolf is played using a FlingStick. FlingGolf creator Alex Van Alen of Massachusetts developed the FlingStick from the curved racquet basket that jai-alai players use. Starting in his garage, he eventually created the FlingStick, which is a cross between a lacrosse stick and a golf club—a golf club handle with a small club shaped basket on the end. The game itself was inspired by a family game called ‘monkey golf’ where each player was only allowed to use one club.

The game of FlingGolf is played using a FlingStick, seen above, which is a cross between a lacrosse stick and a golf club—a golf club handle with a small club shaped basket on the end.
The game of FlingGolf is played using a FlingStick, seen above, which is a cross between a lacrosse stick and a golf club—a golf club handle with a small club shaped basket on the end.

Mr. Peltier demonstrated three ways to ‘fling;’ the sidearm/baseball, overhand/lacrosse and the flop shot.

The sidearm/baseball is the most similar of the flings to regular golf. “Facing directly away from the target and the (basket) channel facing upwards and parallel to the ground, and with your back to the target, take a step towards 1 o’clock (righties) or 11 o’clock (lefties) and swing from low to high, opening the channel as you swing forward,” explains the FlingGolf webpage.

With the overhand/lacrosse style, you hinge your wrists above your shoulders, dropping the stick down your back, lean back and while taking a step forward, fling the ball.

Lastly with the flop shot, you hinge your wrists above your shoulders, dropping the stick down your back and then pop the ball high.

The rules are similar to golf. For scoring, players count their flings from tee to hole. When teeing off, players throw the ball from behind the tee marker (family tees are recommended) and the player is allowed to take a step while flinging.

Balls are marked where they lie and players throw their ball from behind the mark.

Once on the green, players use the putting notch on the side of the FlingStick head to push the ball towards the hole. Balls can also be rolled from within the channel towards the hole. A one-stroke penalty is applied if the players call lands in a sand bunker, water hazard or goes out of bounds.

“The game is a lot of fun and can be played in groups up to four,” said Mr. Peltier. “We have been getting a lot of positive feedback from everyone who has tried it, but want to make people aware of the game and get more people out to try it.”

This reporter had the opportunity to try her hand at the sport and had so much fun she can’t wait for her next day off to get out and play nine holes.

The Rainbow Ridge Golf Course is offering free FlingGolf clinics every Saturday afternoon at 3 pm at the driving range.

The course has a full set of FlingSticks which are available for rent for $5. An introductory rate is also being offered of $15 for 9 holes, $25 for all day and $20 for twilights.

For more information, visit www.rainbowridgegolfcourse.com or call 705-859-2990.