Disc Golf Information
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc. The sport was formalized in the 1970s 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 a "hole." The hole is most commonly 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.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played by those of all ages and abilities, while giving the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity thus making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Disc golf is also easy to learn so no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), with a member base of 50,000+, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level - novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide.
Where do I play?
Many city parks have golf courses. Most are free to play as often as you like. Disc golfers who do not have the benefit of a permanent disc golf facility in their area often "make up" courses in nearby parks and green spaces. One of the great features disc golf shares with traditional golf is they are both played in beautiful settings. A 9-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as five acres of land while an 18-hole course can span from 30 to 40 acres. Disc golf courses can coexist with existing park facilities and activity areas. The ideal location combines wooded and open terrains and a variety of topographical change.
The PDGA also publishes and sells an annual course directory, and manages and maintains a free online directory of disc golf courses at http://www.pdga.com/course-directory.
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. Disc golf offers year-round fitness no matter the weather. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the expense, or rather, lack of it. A professional quality disc costs less than fifteen dollars, and it only takes one disc for basic play.
Disc golf is a game that expects high standards of etiquette and courtesy. Among the basic considerations of etiquette are such things as concern for spectators, other players, and plant life on the course. These rules have been designed to promote fair play for all disc golfers. In using these rules, players should apply the rule that most directly addresses the situation in question. If in doubt, players should consult an official. The PDGA maintains an online manual of the official rules and regulations at http://www.pdga.com/rules.