You may have seen it or heard about it though not sure what it is or how you would do it. If in past you enjoyed tossing around a frisbee then you may like disc golf.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of several disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.
As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
The sport of disc golf evolved as an offshoot of the many games spawned by the Frisbee® craze. The game started with people using Frisbees and aiming at targets made up of trees, trash cans, light poles, pipes, and whatever else was handy.
Disc golf is one of the best lifetime fitness sports. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity and accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you can throw a Frisbee® and you like to have fun, you can play disc golf.
Today there are over 2,500 Disc Golf Courses in the United States. There are between 7,000,000 and 10,000,000 people who have played the game. Since 1976, there have been over 24,000 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Pro players compete in more than 390 sanctioned tournaments and a Worlds Championship annually. The positive experience with Disc Golf and the growing demand for courses have led to the expansion of the sport all over the country, from small towns to urban areas.
Rules of Disc Golf
The official rules of Disc Golf can be found here posted by the Professional Disc Golf Association. Yes, there is a Professional Disc Golf Association; cool, though we will give general overview for those just starting out for some exercise and enjoyment.
The object of disc golf is to get your disc into the goal in the fewest throws or “strokes” possible. Each hole starts at a tee pad and ends in a metal target or “basket” with chains to catch the disc.
After your first throw or “drive”, the player makes their next shots from where the disc landed. Natural obstacles of trees, brush, and other landscape add more challenge to the hole. The hole is concluded when the player throws or “putts” their disc into the basket. Most holes are an average of 3-4 strokes for par.
The discs vary in weights, colors, molds, and shapes and most players have many different discs to throw in different situations. Drivers, mid-ranges, and putters are your three basic types of discs used in disc golf. Each disc has a publicized flight path that players can use to make decisions on which disc to use. There are currently over 100 different manufacturers of disc golf discs in the world and more are popping up every day.
Disc golf can be played by anyone and is a very useful activity for mild to moderate exercise using a disc. You can usually find a disc golf course in most cities and courses are getting more popular each year.
Overlooked Rules and Etiquette
Establishing Out of Bounds and Relief at beginning of the round.
Stay quiet during a golfers throw.
Allow the golfer on your card farthest from pin to throw first (Do not immediately walk to your disc).
Follow throwing order and wait for previous golfers throw to be complete.
Don’t destroy, move or break obstacles to get a better look at a shot.
Allow faster groups to play through.
Be honest and help new players learn the rules.
Keep the course clean – Do Not Litter.
Be courteous to other golfers, and other bystanders.
Throw in a timely manner to keep a good pace.
Some of the best Disc Golf Parks
You don’t have to only go to the best Disc Golf Parks as there are thousands of them, though if you really get into it, here are some of the tops.
Flip City Disc Golf Park – Shelby, Michigan
Selah Ranch (Lakeside and Creekside) – Talco, Texas
Idlewild – Burlington, Kentucky
Kalajoki Sands – Pohjanmaa, Finland
Sipapu – Vadito, New Mexico
Crystal City Underground DGC – St. Louis, Missouri
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