Disc golf has gained popularity lately from the Nintendo Wii game console. However, it is not only a game played on the Wii. Its modern history dates back fifty years. It is recognized as a professional sport, the PDGA or Professional Disc Golf Association has since been formed. Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill level. It is played in the US as well as twenty other countries across the globe.
I was introduced to the sport while living in Chicago more than a decade ago. Most courses there were located in forest preserves. Las Vegas’ six courses are located in park settings. It wasn’t until recently I learned courses were nearby, I now understand they’ve been around for quite sometime as fellow Living-Las-Vegas scribe, Eric James Miller reports here. Whatever the location or terrain, the game is played the same. The object, scoring and rules are much like traditional golf.
However, rather than clubs and golf balls, you have discs, like Frisbees. Only these are specially designed for disc golf. You begin at the tee with the driver. You want it to soar and get it as close to the target as possible. In disc golf, targets are not holes, but baskets, the goal is to get the disc in the basket (not on above or below it) and finish each hole in the fewest number of throws. Fairway distances can range from 300-500 feet or more. Most holes are rated between Par 3 to Par 5. Score cards can be printed for free courtesy of Hole One.
Innova is a major brand of disc golf discs, you can place catalog orders or visit a local Sports Authority location for a selection of popular discs and accessories. Innova and other brand’s discs can also be purchased from online retailers. Basic starter discs are less than ten bucks. Multi-purpose and specialty discs are sold for $10 and up. You’ll want a driver and a putter to get started. Once you get more comfortable it’s worth investing in discs that match your skill level to improve distance or accuracy. There are also discs made to perform well in different weather conditions. Additionally, glow-in-the-dark discs are available for night play.
Go on, get out there, visit one of these six courses and give disc golf a try. It’s a good excuse to enjoy a nice day outdoors. It’s a fun and spirited exercise; in addition to an aerobic workout it provides physical and mental conditioning. It can be enjoyed by people of all fitness levels. You can play alone or gather a group of friends. The best part is that it is an inexpensive activity; after minimal start up costs, it’s free to play.