Pyhäjoki & Neighbourhood

Juha-Matti Nuolioja from Raahe is one of the designers of the new frisbee golf disc. He believes that the challenging new disc located in a magnificent place will attract players from a large region. Photos: Henri Luoma

New opportunities for disc golfers in Rautiperä

During the summer, an 18-hole disc golf course will be completed in Rautiperä.

Last winter, skiers got to enjoy the renovated Nordic ski tracks in the Rautiperä sports area, and in the summer, the area is a popular spot for both jogging enthusiasts and mountain bikers. During the summer, an 18-hole disc golf course will be completed in the area, with about a dozen holes already finished.

“We received targeted financial support for the Rautiperä area, so the Annalanpuisto course will be in operation in the future as well. It is perfect for learning the sport, and the rocky terrain of Rautiperä offers an extra challenge,” says Jukka-Pekka Hietala, chairman of the local disc golf association.

Your technique will improve only through practice.

Jukka-Pekka, “Jupe” to his friends, is also a town council member. In fact, it was disc golf that originally sparked his interest in becoming involved in municipal matters. He got interested in disc golf in 2013 upon learning that his home municipality was planning to build a course in the area. Soon he dove into the activities of the disc golf association and started heading the entire project.

“It was nice to work with the personnel of the municipality and plan and develop the course. That got me interested in participating in the development of our municipality more broadly.”

The Rautiperä sports area is getting a new disc golf course this summer. Jukka-Pekka Hietala, chairman of the local disc golf association, believes that supporting outdoor sport opportunities will encourage the citizens of Pyhäjoki to exercise more. 

Activities and hobbies need to be supported

Hietala estimates that there are about one hundred disc golf enthusiasts in Pyhäjoki. On the other hand, it is no surprise why disc golf is so popular. Hietala says that you can get started with the sport with just one disc. The sport suits people of all ages, and above all, it is a social activity where you can easily meet new people.

“To start with, it was really difficult to make the disc fly where I wanted it to. The secret to doing it right is to not use too much power. Your technique will improve only through practice.”

According to Hietala, the large number of disc golf enthusiasts shows that when the municipality supports locations for activities, residents will also use them actively. As a municipal council member, he hopes that the new school building, important for families with children, is completed soon.

“Our rural town is a safe place for families with children to live. We don’t need to try and compete with larger locations for every single service as long as we offer enough services of our own.”


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