Disc Golf

discgolf1Also known as Frisbee Golf, this sport began on college campuses in the late 70’s.  It follows most of the same format, jargon, and rules as traditional golf.  But instead of golf clubs and holes to sink a ball on the green, disc golf uses frisbees and a steel basket.  Disc golf is still popular on college campuses, and the sport is gaining momentum with people of all ages.  There are national and  international tournaments, local clubs and associations, etc.  Sporting goods stores now regularly carry the discs, bags to hold the discs, portable baskets, and other game paraphernalia.

discgolf1bOur kids started playing the game at a local park which has a nice, easy disc golf course on it.  As their interest grew, and they began playing the game together, they invited Allen and I to join in.  At first I had no interest in learning the game.  But I didn’t mind the walking, so I said I’d bring the dog and walk along the course with them.  (Unlike traditional golf courses, leashed pets are allowed on disc golf courses).

disc golf 1cAllen took an interest in it right away, but it took me a few times going out with them to really even be willing to throw a disc.  But I gave it a try, the results weren’t as horrible as I feared, and I agreed to give it a go.  The exercise certainly couldn’t hurt!  It’s a very low-impact sport, and anyone of any age can participate.  Our granddaughter, Gracie, has her own disc and she plays with us — she’s two years old. But she knows how to sink her disc into the basket!

disc golf 1dOur family soon went from just playing occasionally to playing 3-4 times a week and entering local tournaments.  Allen and the boys are frequent players at tournaments, and I’ve been in one or two myself.  But the girls usually play for the exercise and the socializing.

disc golf 1eThe sport is predominately played by men in their late teens to early thirties, but there’s also a decent number of seniors who play — usually men there, also.  However, there are some women who’ve risen to international championship levels and are sponsored by disc golf corporations to play in high level tournaments.

disc golf 1fSo what discs do you use?  Well, the traditional frisbee that you’d play with on the beach isn’t the same thing as the frisbee you use for disc golf.  Disc golf discs are about 1/3 smaller than traditional frisbees, and the weight is heavier as a general rule.  They have different shapes to the edges of the disc, depending on what that disc is for:  pointy edges are for distance throwing off the tee and the fairway.  Round edged discs are generally for putts into the basket.  An avid disc golf player may have 10-15 discs on him at any given game.  The terrain, the wind conditions, the distance to the basket – those all play a factor into deciding which disc to use, because just like golf clubs, the discs are designed to do specific things.

disc golf 1gThis is a very beginner-friendly and inexpensive sport.  Disc golf courses are free, and there’s no need to reserve a tee time.  The financial outlay may be as little as nothing (because a player gives you a disc– this happens ALL the time).  Or you may decide to buy a disc, and they can range in price from $8.00 to $20.00, depending on the type of disc you buy.  Most sporting goods stores will sell a beginner kit that has 3 nice discs in it for about $25.  And those discs will last you for years.  You may want to buy a bag to carry your discs in, or you can find instructions for sewing, crocheting, or leatherworking a disc bag on Pintrest.  Some great disc brands are Inova, Discraft, MVP, and my favorite, Latitude 64.

We’re members of the local disc golf association, but there’s also the PDGA – Professional Disc Golf Association.  You can get discs locally from sporting goods stores, record stores or even sometimes large superstores like Walmart or Target.  But if you want a great selection of discs to order, you can go to discnation.com.    Want to find a disc golf course in your area?  Go to Disc Golf Course Review.  

 

 

 

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