Hilltop Ski Area to open new frolf course in summer

Photo by Megan Edge

Some call it frolf, some say disc golf, and others say Frisbee golf. Whatever you call it, one thing is for sure- it’s pulling people out of their houses, and into the sunshine.

West Chester lagoon, Kincaid Park, Service high school, and Hanshew middle school all caught onto the fad a few years ago, and now Hilltop Ski Area is jumping on the bandwagon.

“We have had some interest in it the last couple years, different parties have approached us and we have considered it, but finally last year the disc golf association approached us, and we were able to come up with something that we think will work for both of us.” Hilltop manager Rick Cramer said, about their planned frolf course.

Hilltop’s goal is to open the 30 acres of developed area for play in the first week of June. The course will run up and down the mountain’s ski runs and will cost five dollars for a day of play. Hilltop has an advantage over the rest of the disc golf courses in town though- it has the prettiest view, at least according to Cramer.

An attractive quality of the sport for users at other Anchorage locations however, is the fact that the only cost to play is buying the disc itself. So will a pay-to-play plan work at Hilltop?

“I think the fact that it’s free really contributes to how popular it is, everyone can do it.” Junior pre-med major Eric Holland said.

Holland, who claims to of been frolfing since birth, but realistically has been frolfing since his senior year of high school, may give up loyalty to his current favorite course, West Chester, if Hilltop proves to be worth it. “I will definitely use it, at least once or twice and see how I like it.”

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Hilltop’s new course seems to be on a successful path already, gaining a large amount of interest from the public, according to Cramer.

The Frisbee golfers of Anchorage see room for improvement in the city’s frolf courses as they stand.

“At Service there are beer cans everywhere, it needs better maintained,” junior physical education major Ryan Olberding said. “Like they did at West Chester.”

West Chester was recently redone, after determining the course was a safety hazard, due to players crossing the road.

“It flows a lot better now,” said Holland.

Frolf has is an excellent way to come together for a taste of friendly competition, and is the source of many cherished memories for players.

“There were nine holes at Hanshew, and the first time I ever went I got my disk stuck on top of the roof. So I just climbed up there and got it!” said Olberding.

The sport is a hit, it’s free (usually), it’s fun, and it’s outside; but like all things, there is a downside. “The worst part about frolf is the winter, we really only get to play for four months out of the year.” said Olberding.

As summer roles around though, pick up a disc, a couple friends, and set the course for a day in the sun.