What is Disc Golf?

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc, or 'Frisbee'. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and shares with 'ball golf' the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of throws.

A golf disc is thrown from a tee 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 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 accomplished.

Disc golf shares many of the same joys and challenges as traditional 'ball' golf, whether you're sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. However, there are a number of key differences. First, disc golf rarely requires greens fees or dictates that you rent a cart. With disc golf, you never get stuck with a bad 'tee time'. Disc golf is typically played in public parks and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status. 

Last Updated: 11/17/2009