History and Playing…
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. Instead of using golf clubs and balls to aim for a hole, Disc Golf players use golf discs and aim for a Disc Pole Hole; a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands.
The sport was formalized in the 1970’s. Generally, a course may have 9, 18, or 27 Disc Pole Holes. It additionally shares characteristics with “ball golf” with the principle object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws).
Playing the sport starts you at a Tee pad or Tee area. A disc is then thrown from that tee area towards a designated target that is assigned for that course “hole” you are playing on.
The hole can be one of a number of varied forms of 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 shot 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 disc golfer.
These challenges do not impede disc golfers, as you might expect it for ball golfers, but yet allows them the ability use their skills and discs they throw to overcome these obstacles and allows them to have a successful completion of the hole.
Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. The player(s) then total up the total number of strokes from all the holes played and the player with lowest total cumulative score wins the round.
What’s Not To Love?…
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, whether it is throwing a difficult shot over a large body of water or skillfully manipulating an intimidating shot with a fierce wind. There are few differences between the sports, and commonalities and joy are the same for all who play them.
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 always a great day to play disc golf!
Why Is Disc Golf For Me?…
Disc golf is a sport that is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status. It it is extensively enjoyed from the ages of 5 years to 99 years, there are no boundaries to who can play disc golf.
Disc golf is one of the best lifetime fitness sports. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity and will always be accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Additionally, with disc golf, the Specially-abled and disabled can participate. This sport easily gives them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity.
Since disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there.
If you can throw a Frisbee®; if you can enjoy a great time in the woods or the park; if you like to participate in a group or solo activity; and most of all, if you like to have fun, you can play disc golf!
Where Can I Find Disc Golf?…
The overwhelming positive experiences 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. Internationally, it is starting to grow just as fast on a global scale.
Disc Golf Brings Our World Together…
Disc golf courses have been proven to help provide cities, neighborhoods, communities, and underdeveloped areas with a substantial positive use of land and minimal resources; while increasing the real estate and health value of those living in the area of the course.
These great results can be seen as families and communities bond through the sport by simply throwing a disc with their old and their new friends. It is a social activity that gets them away from their worries while always bringing them together with a smile. The bonds that are created playing disc golf can never be broken, they only grow stronger and connect more people. Together they build a future.
So Now That You Know About Disc Golf…
Get out there and find some friends, find a course, and bring a smile. You can never throw a disc and frown at the same time.
Disc golf is a sport that is enjoyed by all and is waiting for your turn to connect with it. If you go play it, you will feel better, you will feel challenged, and if you never played it before… you will be hooked!
Spread the word, grow the sport, and as I always say “Play It Forward”