What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is a fast growing outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Similar to golf, the object of disc golf is to complete each hole in as few throws–or strokes–as possible. Instead of using golf clubs and a golf ball, disc golfers use a flying golf disc to traverse the hole. Each hole starts with a teeing area and is completed once the disc lands in the “hole”, which is a disc-catching target. While disc golf can be played with just one golf disc, the discs are designed to fly with different characteristics. Different discs can be used to hook and curve around obstacles, roll on the ground, or fly over trees.
Much like golf, disc golf is full of joys and frustrations. Whether you throw that first long drive or hit the first tree off the tee, you are sure to have fun.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf is an economical sport that can be played by most everyone. It can be played from school age to golden age, making it one of the greatest lifetime sports around. Disc golf is also very easy to learn when compared to other sports, thus making it very addictive. It is not uncommon to hear that someone has been bitten by the disc golf bug. Additionally, disc golf is a very affordable sport in which to get started. Golf discs can be purchased for around $10, and with free to play courses in all 50 states, disc golf is accessible to everyone.
Where Can I Play?
Currently, there are over 3,500 courses in the world, with the majority of those in the United States. Courses are commonly set up in city parks and often free to play. To find a course near you, please visit the course locator (powered by Disc Golf United). It is updated frequently so you will know about all the new courses in your area.
Why Should I Play?
The ongoing fitness boom finds more and more people taking up recreational activities in an effort to improve health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves. Scheduling is also flexible; a round takes one to two hours, and may be played alone, eliminating the difficulty of scheduling tee times. And as in traditional golf, disc golfers find themselves “hooked” increasing the likelihood of frequent participation. Disc golf offers year-round fitness, even in rain or snow.
And, of course, there’s the sheer fun of the game – no matter what your age or skill level!