Disc Golf is an amazing recreational sport that is quickly gaining in popularity with each passing day. So, if it’s so great, then what is it?
What it is
Disc golf is a lot like traditional “ball” golf, but instead of using clubs and golf balls, the player throws specially made plastic flying discs (frisbees) from a tee pad to an above-ground basket on a pole instead of a hole in the ground. The player begins by ‘driving’ from a designated tee area and continues toward the target, throwing each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The score is based on the number of throws it takes to get the disc to land in the basket. The lowest score wins! Like traditional golf there are different types of discs used for different purposes, much like ball golfers use different clubs
Special weighted discs are preferred by disc golf pros. You can use a regular Frisbee to play but as you gain experience you’ll find that regular Frisbees will not produce the desired results. Below are examples of the three basic types of discs used.
Putters: As the name suggests this disc is used for short range putts into the basket. It has a dome-like profile allowing for more glide and loft.
Midrange: This disc is used to approach the basket from the fairway. It has a slimmer profile and a slightly thicker rim to allow for more aerodynamic distance.
Drivers: Drivers have a very slim and sleek profile similar to that of a discus. It has a wide rim on the underside to accommodate a firm grip for maximum distance from the tee box.
Scorecard – intended to mark players and their performance. In competitions scorecard is as a confirming document. We are offering everyone to use electronic scorecard (DISC CADDY or UDISC) on your mobile phones.
Scoring – Each throw counts as one point. The object is to acquire the lowest total score. Each hole has a par score, the number of throws expected to get the disc in the basket. Most courses will have par 3 baskets but par 4’s and 5’s are not uncommon.
Tee Throws – Throws must be completed within the tee area. Most tee areas will have a concrete tee pad and a sign indicating the location of the basket and its distance from the tee pad. It may also indicate the location of the next basket. A throw from this area is known as the “Drive” and drivers are typically used from this area for maximum distance.
Fairway Throws – Fairway throws must be made with both feet no closer to the hole than where the disc last landed. Any throw from the fairway and beyond ten yards from the basket is known as an “approach” shot and will either require a driver or midrange disc depending on the distance and other factors.
Putt Throws – Putting usually occurs within 10 yards of the basket, falling or jumping putts are not allowed. A successful ‘putt’ sends the disc into the target. The most satisfying sound a disc golfer can hear is the ‘ching!’ of a disc crashing the chains before dropping into the basket
Out of Bounds – A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from the point where the disc went out of bounds and a one-point penalty is incurred. Water hazards and public roads are always out of bounds. Most disc golf courses consist of 9 or 18 holes. Hole lengths vary, but generally fall between 150 and 500 feet each. Trees, shrubbery, water and terrain changes offer plenty of hazards to avoid, and it becomes very possible to lose a disc in areas with thick growth, tall trees or deep water. Fortunately, at significantly lower retail prices, lost discs are more easily replaced than your typical nine-iron.