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A new modern-day cult-sport is spreading its wings and heading towards the Yorkshire Coast this summer, when Scarborough Castle holds its inaugural Flat cap Frisbee Golf day, in celebration of Yorkshire Day
A new modern-day cult-sport is spreading its wings and heading towards the Yorkshire Coast this summer, when Scarborough Castle holds its inaugural Flat cap Frisbee Golf day, in celebration of Yorkshire Day (1 August 2012) and as part of A Festival of Yorkshire Scarborough.
The sport takes the traditional Tyke headwear and puts it to an altogether different use, being flung from tee to flag in a bid to complete a nine hole course in the fewest possible number of throws. First played at Helmsley Castle in 2005, 2012 is the first time that a dedicated flat cap Frisbee golf course will be established at Scarborough Castle.
The flat cap is thought by many to be a classic symbol of Yorkshire culture, but this sport really puts a new spin on an old trend, says English Heritages Scarborough Castle site manager Peter Bleach. It has been fantastically popular at Helmsley Castle in the past and we are confident that visitors to Scarborough will find it just as amusing but players will have to take into account coastal breezes when they take aim this year!
Although the sport involves the throwing of projectiles, the soft tweed of the caps makes them unlikely to cause damage to people should they go astray, making it a perfect sport for both young and old. We do have a stock of championship-quality flat-caps available for visitors to use, but of course, if they would prefer to bring their own caps, they would be more than welcome to do so, adds Peter.
Flat cap Frisbee golf will be runfor visitors to the castle,with the first tee-off at 10.00am and the last cap being flung at 5.00pm. The castle grounds remain open for a further hour to allow competitors to complete their game.
Admission to Scarborough Castle is 4.90 for adults, 4.40 for concessions, 2.90 for children or 12.70 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). For more information, please call 01723 372451 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/scarboroughcastle
A Festival of Yorkshire Scarborough is organised by Scarborough Borough Council and the Scarborough Urban Area Forum as part of its arts culture and sport theme for 2012 and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire in association with a number of partners including English Heritage, The Yorkshire Society, Scarborough Museums Trust, Scarborough Spa, the Woodend Creative Industries Centre, Crescent Arts, Scarborough Library and Information Centre, the Market Hall and Vaults, the North York Moors National Park authority and Yorkshire Treasure Trails.