of Disc Golf
A collection of quotes and thoughts from various Frisbee fanatics:
The basics: Disc golf is a fun, inexpensive, healthy & friendly
game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages & abilities. It's
one of those childhood games that can be enjoyed with more seriousness,
vigor & style as an adult & still offer that child-like glee every
time you play. The game is similar to traditional golf, the difference
is the equipment; players use a flying disc and advance towards
an elevated basket. When their "putt" lands in the basket, the hole
is complete. The combination of distance & accuracy while negotiating
trees, wind & the terrain offers plenty of action during the course
of a game. The rules are simple to grasp, allowing beginners to
immediately have fun challenging themselves & their friends. Few
objects have more joy attached to them than the flying disc; we
love to see gravity defied & are obsessed with flight. Disc golf
is a year-round, wholesome & inexpensive pastime that excludes no-one,
making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available.
The equipment: The term "Frisbee" is a registered trademark,
so "disc" will have to suffice. Each type of disc weighs about the
same as a freestyle frisbee (150-180 grams) however, golf discs
are made of a denser plastic with narrower edges for greater aerodynamics.
There are hundreds of discs to choose from depending on the players'
style & level of experience, but they all fall into one of three
categories; driver, midrange & putter. The other major component
of disc golf equipment is the basket. It's constructed of galvanized
steel & is the key to disc golf fun, being the true indicator of
completing a hole & providing a satisfying "ching" sound as the
disc strikes the chains before dropping into the basket. Finally
a safe teeing area is critical to an enjoyable day of disc golf.
They are typically made of rubber mats & provide stable footing
for "driving" the hole.
Why play? Players are drawn by the same pleasures as traditional
golf; the fresh air in a beautiful landscape, the camaraderie of
friends & the challenge & excitement to project an object towards
a target. Disc golf provides full body conditioning while promoting
physical & mental abilities that allow very little risk of injury.
Perhaps the greatest factor behind disc golf's broad accessibility
is its low cost & time requirements. A typical round of 18 holes
takes only 11/2
hours, most discs retail for $15-$20 & most courses are free to
play. These factors open up the game to countless residents & families
who cannot afford many of today's other recreation activities.
Community & park benefits: Structured disc golf programs
range from youth camp activities to professional tournaments. Schools
have introduced disc golf into their phys-ed agenda, & weekly or
monthly events are organized by local players. Once a course is
installed & the golfers interact, it's not unusual for a club to
materialize soon after. Group competition leads to the formation
of one or more leagues & small tournaments; an enthusiastic club
takes pride in the care of the course, engaging in clean-up, maintenance
& charity work related to local events. You can foster a club by
listening to players' suggestions, encouraging communications through
a message board & by donating small prizes (such as discs with your
logo) An 18 hole course can serve over 70 people at any given time;
this creates extra traffic in under-utilized areas, providing a
year-round human presence. Once goodwill is established, the players
will be swiftly on your side & you'll generate tourism & lock into
a strong, symbolic relationship that can grow into an additional
benefit for you & the community you serve.
Environmental issues: Disc golf is a uniquely environment-friendly
sport. A course does not require any alteration of the existing
landscape; rather it utilizes areas that are otherwise underused,
including thick woods & slopes. There is virtually no noise pollution;
the only environmental impact is foot traffic, & that can be minimized
with the careful placement of alternate tee & basket locations.
Also, the tees are level with the ground & the baskets are a dull
metal colour, making the visual impact small as well.
Costs & space requirements: The benefit-to-cost ratio of
a disc golf course is like no other sport. The material costs of
a course include baskets, tee signs & tee boxes. Amenities to consider
would include; washrooms, trash cans, water fountains, message board,
picnic tables & a concession/disc sales area. Once a course is in
place the maintenance costs are relatively low; mowing & trimming
is generally required 5-6 times per year. The final cost will be
affected primarily by the quality of materials, the amenities chosen
& the caliber of layout. The total effective length for an 18 hole
course ranges from under 4000' (recreational) to over 8000' (championship)
a rough estimate would be 1-2 acres per hole.