It’s played like golf, but the action happens in the air. Disc Golf has been steadily soaring to new heights of popularity in recent years.
“I got into Disc Golf just because it was a fun thing to do, the family always played Frisbee, catch in the backyard. But as soon as I started playing, I just got addicted and started playing everyday,” said Eric Bassett, an amateur Disc Golf player.
To begin, the only equipment needed is a disc, which can be purchased for under ten dollars at your local sporting goods store.
Advanced players step up their game with discs of different weights, and more complicated throws, each meant to go a different distance.
“Well you’re playing kind of just like ball golf. You drive your first throw, you try to throw as far as you can. And then your second throw is an approach shot, sometimes it could just be a putt. A lot of times you throw far enough where you get right to the basket and then try to putt in,” explains Gary Lewis, a Hall of Fame Disc Golf player.
Similar to traditional golf, players tee off and then make their next throw from wherever their disc lands.
To score, discs must make it in the basket or the chains, not on the top, and lowest overall score wins.
Experts and amateurs agree on the best way to get started playing disc golf, “start with a midrange disc and play catch, I recommend people try to play catch,” said Lewis.
“Find a friend, and just play catch with them. Go to an open field and learn how to control the different Frisbees,” suggested Bassett.
Many Disc Golf courses, like the one at Knoch Knolls Park, are free to the public and open year round, no reservations needed.
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