For those of you unfamiliar with the awesome sport of disc golf, you have no idea what you’re missing. It’s a simple game that’s inexpensive to get into and even less expensive to play. That’s because there is likely a free course within 30 miles of wherever you are in the United States. The rules and gameplay are exactly that of regular golf, just rather than using a club and ball, you use specially designed discs (not a frisbee). And rather than shooting for a hole in the ground, you shoot for a basket.
And just like regular golf, the game can be as easy or challenging as you want it to be. There are thousands of discs that will fly a different way and do different things, just like the different clubs in your golf bag. Believe it or not, there’s a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) with pro level players. And watching them do what they do is nothing short of extraordinary. Take this amazing shot by Philo Brathwaite at the Beaver State Fling. It’s an 850ft Par 5, which would take most amateur players at least 6-8 shots. But Philo is no amateur, and he proves it by scoring a 2 with two incredible shots, both of which threading the needle of trees and other hazards. This video really does it no justice as to how amazing this shot really is, but it at least gives you an idea. So if you’ve never played, get out to your local course and ask one of the players there to show you a few things. The comradery of the DG community is one of the best parts of the game. Just don’t call it a Frisbee!