Frisbee + Golf = Fun
Most of us are familiar with playing Frisbee and (most) others are familiar with the sport of golf. Put the two of them together and you get the fastest growing sport of Frisbee Golf (formally known as Disc Golf). If you and your buds find yourselves with nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon and are looking to do something new, you should try a pastime that is fast becoming popular among college students. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity, and accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. So now, you might be asking yourself: what is Frisbee Golf? When did it all start? How do you play?
Frisbee Golf began with “Steady” Ed Headrick, the father of Disc Golf and modern day disc sports. Modern day Disc Golf started in the ‘60s. The game was formalized when Headrick invented the Disc Pole Hole catching device, which is a pole extended from the ground with about ten chains and a basket where the disc lands. The Disc Pole Hole was installed in the first standardized Disc Golf course; known as the Oak Grove Park in Pasadena, California.
The main concept of golf applies to Frisbee Golf except there is no ball and in place of the holes there is a Disc Pole Hole. Instead of using golf clubs and golf balls and aiming at a hole, Frisbee golfers use a golf disc and aim for the Disc Pole Hole. The objective of Frisbee Golf is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, beginning from a tee area and finishing at the Disc Pole Hole. Normally, Disc Golf courses are nine or 18 Disc Pole Holes long. Disc Golf players start at “hole” one and complete the course in order, playing through to the last hole. The player with the lowest total cumulative score (with the least amount of throws) wins.
Playing Frisbee Golf is simple. If you can throw a Frisbee and you like to have fun, you’re in. It provides a low-impact exercise that requires focus on mental strategy and provides an avenue for people of every skill level to play together. One of the benefits of playing Frisbee Golf is that it provides a great way of getting into shape by helping you build strength, stability, and balance. It is also inexpensive. All you have to purchase is a Frisbee, which generally rangles from $8-$15. Admission to Frisbee Golf courses are generally free or only a few bucks a person. And if there is no local course in your area, make do at the local park and use trees as your make shift pole hole. So get together with a few of your buds and try it out!