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Disc Golf 101

Disc Golf 101

Fore!   Disc golf is an inexpensive golf option for the whole family.

I've had a blast over the past year getting more and more into disc golf.  I just played another round of 9 holes with my sons.   It only takes about an hour!

Rules 🙉

Instead of balls and clubs, you throw a disc.  Get the disc into a basket in the lowest number of throws possible.  It's not a Frisbee, it's a disc.  And really, it's not easy to play catch with these...they are smaller than your Whamo kind of Frisbee, some are heavier, and some have an edge to them.

You "tee off" by throwing from a designated rectangular area.   Each throw is to be done from behind the spot where your last throw came to rest.  You can make a running start of each throw if you wish.  The "holes" are special baskets that have chains on them.  Typically aim for the chains which catch the disc and may drop it gently into the basket.  It's "in the hole" either way.

That's the basics!  Simple.

Equipment 🛠

All you need are a bag and some discs.  I started out with 3 of them.   There are many variations but my 3 were a "driver", a "midrange" and of course a "putter".    Each disc has a set of characteristics usually printed on the top.    These are speed, glide, turn, and fade.    See this link if you'd like more details:  https://www.innovadiscs.com/home/disc-golf-faq/flight-ratings-system/

My 3-disc starter kit was on amazon.  The current price is $25:

Amazon.com : Dynamic Discs 3 Disc Prime Burst Starter Set | Set Includes a Prime Judge, Prime Truth, and Prime Escape | Maximum Distance Frisbee Golf Driver | Frisbee Golf Stamp and Color Will Vary : Sports & Outdoors
Amazon.com : Dynamic Discs 3 Disc Prime Burst Starter Set | Set Includes a Prime Judge, Prime Truth, and Prime Escape | Maximum Distance Frisbee Golf Driver | Frisbee Golf Stamp and Color Will Vary : Sports & Outdoors

Soon enough I wanted more options, so I bought this set of 5 discs:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NGS9YQT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And since discs find their way into the woods and the high grass, replacements are needed, so I picked up this set of 10 misprints.   These are fine and dandy...the labelling is off so they are sold at a nice discount:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WCQVKNV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

UDisc.com 👍

To keep score I use a great app call UDisc.   They have a website and an app for the phone.  After playing a few rounds I signed up for an annual membership for $5.  Well worth it!    This service shows you a map with local courses, each course has commentary and leaderboards, and it also has league information if you are ready for that level of play.     When you finish one hole during a round, sometimes it's not clear where the next one begins, but the map on the app points the way.  

Locations 📍

I'm in southeastern PA so I've used the app with these local courses.  

  1. Windlestrae - perfect beginners course with 9 holes in Montgomeryville.   The baskets are mainly in an open area surrounding a soccer field.
  2. Tamanend Park - another beginner's course that's more interesting.   The path takes you through a forest, there are different elevations, and one of the holes has a neat set of trees that form a tunnel for a challenging tee shot.
  3. Tyler State Park - This is a challenging course in Newtown.  There are 36 holes here and so far I've played just one of the sets of nine.  I want to get out there and enjoy the others.   Many trees however and at times, it feels like too many.  Distances are long too.
  4. Central Park - An awesome new beginners course in Doylestown.   An Eagle Scout worked on this in coordination with the township.   It carves its way throw a portion of the park that was previously all high grass.  Now the course path is nicely mowed.   The high grass is still there to get my discs though.  I've lost a couple in there already.  Alas, I'll just some more discs when needed.  
  5. Fort Washington State Park - is on my list to check out.

If you are local and have other suggestions, please let me know!

Let the big dog eat 🐶

So get out there and have a good time with friends and family.  Bring your dog too.  Try to stay out of the high grass.  

This week's quote 🗯

You must keep your mind on the objective, not on the obstacle.  - William Randolph Hearst