Oulun frisbeeseura, OFS for short, is a vital disc golf club from the city of Oulu, Finland. The club was founded all the way back in 1997 by a group of enthusiastic discgolfers from Oulu. At the end of year 2015 OFS had 187 members and the numbers are growing year by year. Last year alone the growth was an astonishing 40 %. The youngest member is 9 years old and the oldest member is about to turn 67 years.
Anyone interested in discgolf is welcomed to join Oulun frisbeeseura - you don't need to be good and you don't need to compete, all you have to do is love discgolf.
Antti Luuri, the founding father of Oulun frisbeeseura, got to know discsports in the early 1980’s. He lived in Helsinki during 1990-1998, and when he returned back to Oulu he was eager to see a discgolf course in Oulu. As a result of some hard work and negotiations with the city, the first four baskets were installed at the old golf course in Kaukovainio in the summer of 1998. In the spring 1999 the course had gotten five more baskets. The course got the name Hiironen after the park where it is located. In June 2004 Hiironen was expanded to an 18 hole course fit for the National Championships. Hiironen was the fourth 18 hole course in Finland at the time.
Oulu has many times been called the discgolf capital of Finland – and that is no exaggeration!
Oulu offers great possibilities to play discgolf. In Oulu city alone there are six 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course. There are three 18 hole courses in the neighboring municipalities, one in Kempele (15 km from Oulu city centre), one in Liminka (35 km) and one in Muhos (40 km).
Oulun frisbeeseura has a vast experience in organizing competitions and disc golf events. In 2014 the club hosted the Finnish Nationals with 172 players and in 2013the EuroTour-event Finnish Open with participants from several countries. OFS is responsible for the 2016 European Discgolf Championships in cooperation with the neighboring club BSC Disc Golf Team and Innova Europe.
Bigger and smaller events are held around the year in Oulu. The clubs arranges weeklies, and Oulun frisbeeseura offers a weekly competition that is open to all players. In the summer the clubs offer a joint weekly, called viikkokisat.com. Winter Games is a popular series in the wintertime and gathers around 80 players at each event. The series starts in January, and the players face both blistering colds and slippery ices, or as you could call it: normal Finnish winter conditions. In the summer there are PDGA sanctioned events almost every week.
If you are interested in joining the club, you can fill out this form (in Finnish) or contact the club president Kajsa Wickström (in English, Finnish, Swedish... you chose!) on oulufrisbeenseura(at)gmail.com.