The Best Tradition: Frolfing

Which tradition is the best one on campus? Many students would say frolfing, hands down.

For those who do not know, frolfing is a game where students golf with frisbees. Now, you may be asking yourself: but where is the course on campus? Where are the holes? I don’t know what a frisbee is, can I still play?

Luckily for you, I can walk you through this timeless tradition.

Similar to regular golf, there are 18 total holes to our frolf course. The answer to “where is the course on campus” can be answered by saying that the campus is the course. In fact, many of the holes are art sculptures. All of the holes are par 3, with the exception of 7, 11, 15, and 17 which are bonus holes. But who can play this game? Anyone who can throw a frisbee… and Whitties also include those who can’t throw a frisbee. Even if you left the “how to throw a frisbee” events put on by the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, The Sweets, not confident enough to participate in the course, I’ve got great news for you! You can still take a wonderful stroll around campus and visit all of the sculptures that are a part of the course. We even have a brochure that highlights our sculptures and their history! 


Part One: The Front Nine

The first hole begins in the spacious cemented landing in front of Jewett. From there, the course wraps around Maxey, including art sculptures: Treaty Rock (1; right outside of the amphitheatre), the light post next to the two Totem Poles (2; located right outside of the Admission Office building), and through the basalt archway  (3; the archway leading to Narnia).

Past Maxey, the course heads down towards Reid Campus Center and ends at the flag post next to the tennis courts (4).

Changing direction slightly, the next hole is the incredible tree (5) that lives outside of our Alumni relations building, and then to the closest light post (6) outside of Prentiss.

The goal of the seventh hole is to begin in the Prentiss courtyard and to get the frisbee as close to the end of the bridge over the Lakum Duckum stream.

Hole 8: Beginning at the end of the bridge and trying to get the frisbee into the fountain outside of the Hunter Conservatory.

The ninth hole is arguably the most dangerous hole on campus. From the fountain, the Frolfers must throw the frisbee over the intersection and onto the second soaring stones. Be careful though! One mustn’t forget to look both ways before throwing the frisbee and then crossing the street!


Part 2: The Back Nine:

The tenth hole has a couple different options on how to succeed. The hole itself is the Discobolos, which is on the other side of Cordiner Hall, our largest auditorium on campus. Some attempt to throw the frisbee over the entire building, while others throw an outside-in curve around the front of Cordiner.

Now you may be thinking: Jeez, I’m not challenged at all on this course! The good news is that this next hole was created specifically for you. You must throw the frisbee into the concave of Cordiner on one side and have the frisbee follow the curve and fly out far enough to meet you at the top of the stairs, where you catch the frisbee (11).

The next hole is one of my personal favorites. The end goal is to get the frisbee into the Fountain of Vibrant Waters (12) by way of the narrow alley between the Harper Joy Theatre and the Sherwood Athletic Center.

From the fountain, frolfers test their aim by attempting to hit the newspaper drop in the back of the library (13), and the fourteenth hole is shaped as a 7, as you go straight down the sidewalk in between the library and the science building and immediately turn left to hit the rock in between the two benches (14).

As a fun, fifteenth hole, frolfers attempt to throw their frisbee into the biggest and closest tree at the edge of Ankeny.  

The sixteenth is one of distance, as the hole is the light post in front of the side entrance of Olin Hall.  

Oh boy oh boy, this next hole is a doozy. There is no wonder why it counts for bonus points. You must throw the frisbee between the stunning tree and the side of Olin, towards Jewett (17). Jewett? Can this already be the second to last frolf hole? How did this course pass so quickly? I suppose we were having an incredible amount of fun.

The is it. The last hole. The frolf hole of all frolf holes. The eighteenth (18) and final hole is to hit the back of the two checkers players, forever stuck between move 7 and 8 in their game.

Believe it or not, there is a duo that played an incredible -18 on this course. If you don’t believe me and to truly get a feel for this fantastic tradition, watch this video of recent graduates do the impossible (Primered at Kappa Kappa Gamma’s 2016 Philanthropy: Mr. Whitman).

What are you waiting for? Go out and get ‘em and report your best score.

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