What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee® The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area 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 has 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 completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it the one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with over 16,000 members, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide, as well as throughout Canada and theUnited States.
Where do I play?
Many city parks have golf courses already set up. Most are free to play as often as you like. Disc golfers who do not have the benefit of a permanent disc golf facility in their area often "make up" courses in nearby parks and green spaces.
One of the great features disc golf shares with traditional golf is that they are both played in beautiful settings. A short nine-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as 3 acres of land, and a championship-caliber 18-hole course on 20 to 40 acres. Disc golf courses can coexist with existing park facilities and activity areas. The ideal location combines wooded and open terrains, and a variety of topographical change.
The need for more courses is constant, as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
Why should I play?
The ongoing fitness boom finds more and more people taking up recreational activities in an effort to improve health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves. Scheduling is also flexible; a round takes one to two hours, and may be played alone, eliminating the difficulty of scheduling tee times. And as in traditional golf, disc golfers find themselves "hooked;" increasing the likelihood of frequent participation. Disc golf offers year-round fitness, even in rain or snow. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the expense - or rather, the lack of it. A professional quality disc costs less than $20, and it only takes one for basic play. And, of course, there's the sheer fun of the game - no matter what your age or skill level! Play Disc Golf - The Sport of the FUTURE!!!
Why Include Disc Golf In Your Recreation Programs?
Few recreational activities offer the high benefit-to-cost ratio of disc golf, both for recreation departments and citizens of all ages and backgrounds. Disc golf has low capital and maintenance costs, has minimal liability issues, is environmentally sound, is played year-round in all climates and is enjoyed immediately even by beginners of all ages.
CAPITAL COSTS? A test course with wooden tees, signs and target posts can be installed for under $500 as one way to gauge interest from your community. A deluxe 18-hole course with dual surface tees, professional metal signs and official metal baskets is around $15,000.
MAINTENANCE COSTS? The fairway grass areas can be mowed every 2-4 weeks versus the once-a-week required in many parks. Occasionally, some action may be required to deal with erosion from the walking pathways used by players. Trash cans (located at strategic points) need to be emptied. Active players, scouts and service clubs have been a reliable source of volunteer labor.
LAND REQUIRED? A full scale 18-hole course ranges from 20-40 acres (about 1 acre/hole). A small "picnic scale" 9-holer could be squeezed into 3-6 acres. A significant advantage for disc golf is its ability to utilize land areas that aren't very desirable or usable for any other activity. The portability of baskets and signs allows park departments to inexpensively relocate the course to another site as community needs dictate.
VANDALISM? This has not been a problem. In fact, vandalism has been reduced in many parks
that had problems before a disc golf course was installed. A disc golf course increases the traffic in a park at random times during the day and steadily during evenings and weekends. This increased player presence not only reduces vandalism but also chases away other questionable activities.
WHO PLAYS? The simple answer is everyone can. In studies measuring annual recreational activities, "throwing a Frisbee¨" has consistently been a Top Ten activity. A disc golf course serves a broader portion of your community than many narrower interest activities with higher cost, skill or fitness levels required to participate. Disc golf has one of the most diverse demographics of any sport. Even though everyone can play, the active players have been primarily males from age 15-50.
Active women players have typically been spouses or girlfriends of male players but now groups of women, especially those who play another disc sport called ultimate, have been trying it. Families with young children are also regular users depending on how rugged the course terrain is. Some flatter courses serve the disabled. Some courses have an active group of seniors who prefer to play disc golf rather than just take a walk.
Many courses are free to play. An increasing number of courses are deriving some income with equipment sales and rentals plus vending if there’s already a facility on site. In addition, passive income can be generated if there’s already a fee to get into the park or directly charging up to $5 a day for all you can play. Annual passes are also a popular option. More and more courses are being operated as joint public/ private ventures, but most courses have not been set up to generate revenues in excess of maintenance costs. Fortunately, the low costs of maintaining a disc golf course are less than many conventional activities. Even in markets where there are already several free courses, there are sufficient numbers of players willing to pay for a better, and typically less crowded experience.
10 top reasons to install a discgolf course
1.low capital cost
3.small enviromental footprint
4.low cost of playing for all
5.easy to learn and excel
7.fitness for all ages
9.great reason to be out doors all year