DISC GOLF ?
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. However, instead of a ball and clubs, the disc golfer uses a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". the hole can be one of a number 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. When the disc comes to rest in the basket the hole is completed. Your score for the hole is the total of all throws necessary to get the disc into the basket. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations as traditional golf from sinking a long putt to hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are, however, a number of differences between the two games. In disc golf you seldom have to pay a greens fee (if so it is usually very nominal), an entire round of 18 holes usually takes 45 to 90 minutes, and you never have to call ahead for a tee time. The sport is played and enjoyed by people of all ages, regardless of gender, experience, athletic ability, or economic status.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it the one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with over 16,000 members, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found throughout the U.S.A. and other countries worldwide.
Where do I play?
Many city parks have golf courses already set up. 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 that they are both played in beautiful settings. A nine-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as five acres of land, and a championship-caliber 18-hole course on 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 need for more courses is constant, as the sport continues to grow in popularity. The PDGA has created standards for the design and installation of new golf courses, to ensure their success in the community.
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. Perhaps the greatest
attribute of the sport is the expense - or rather, the lack of it. A
professional quality disc costs less than $10, and it only takes one for basic
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Disc Golf is the sport for all ages!
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