This is a great game where you get to hike through the woods and throw discs at stuff!! Played much like regular golf where the objective is to complete the course in the least amount of throws possible, players try to get their disc in the basket at the end of each “hole.” Disc golf is a fun spin on golf and requires less equipment. So gather up your discs and give it a shot!
Little is known about the origin of disc golf, but there is evidence that it dates back as far as the 1920s. In 1968, a man named George Sappenfeld tried to increase the sport’s popularity by involving the toy maker Wham-O. They created a disc golf event that drew a lot of interest, but it didn’t last long. It wasn’t until 1974 that a group of people organized a disc golf competition that offered a new car as its first place prize. It has grown in popularity since then and there is now a Professional Disc Golf Association, leagues, tours, and national competitions!
For this sport all you need are a set of discs! These discs resemble a Frisbee but are very different in weight and detail that allow for farther throws. You’ll need to find a disc golf course but that shouldn’t be a problem. You can search for courses on the PDGA website and even define criteria such as location and if they have camping near by! Make sure you pick up some markers to put down where your disc lands so that you know where your spot is for your next throw. There are a few different types of discs you want to look for:
Distance Driver: This disc is meant for the most amount of distance possible. These have a sharp profile. They are made to cut through the air and rise.
Fairway Driver: The fairway driver offers distance like the distance driver, but has a little more control and accuracy. Beginners will find this easier to use than the distance driver. It has a slightly more rounded profile than the distance driver.
Mid-Range: This is a more versatile disc that is used for a lot of different throws. It is much easier to control and great for shorter throws.
Putter: This disc is great for short throws and offers exceptional accuracy. You will use this one when you get close to the basket and are trying to get it in. The main difference with putters usually is that they are of a softer, more flexible material and have a very rounded and thick profile. The point of this is to grab the chains on the basket whereas a driver with a harder material and sharper profile will have a tendency to bounce off the chains and out of the basket.
A disc golf course is set up much like a golf course where you have an area to tee off. This is considered a tee throw and just needs to be done from behind the defined area. Wherever the disc lands is where the next throw is performed. Just like regular golf, the person with the lowest score from the previous hole tees off first, and then the hole proceeds with whomever is farthest away going next after the tee off. Again, as with regular golf, the objective is to get your disc into the basket using the least amount of throws.
Disc Golf Terms
There are some terms you may want to know that you will see either on the course or hear from more experienced players. These are just a few of the most common terms you may want to know:
Ace: To make it into the basket on the first throw, like a hole in one.
Basket: Where you want your disc to end up at the end of a hole.
Birdie: To finish the hole one stroke under par.
Lie: The spot where your disc comes to rest.
Marker: Smaller discs that mark the spot where your disc landed after you threw it.
Par: To finish the hole with the exact amount of throws that have been predefined for that hole.
Putt: Using shorter throws at the end of the course to get the disc in the basket.
If you want to get serious about this sport, or just really like playing it, you can set up your own course with your own disc golf set. Available for around $40, you can set up your own course and play anywhere! This set from Target has the basket, markers, a driver, a mid-range, and a putter disk!
This is a great game that people of all ages will enjoy. Pack up your discs and check out the disc golf course near your next destination. It’s sure to be a good time!