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Disc Golf ... It’s in
Disc Golf ... A sport that has existed since 1926... But
have you heard of it?
like traditional golf, the object of the game is to complete each hole in as
few shots as possible but instead of hitting a ball, you throw a Frisbee!
start, like ball golf, in a teeing area where you make your first throw or
'drive'. You then make an 'approach shot' to the elevated metal basket and 'putt'
for a par to complete the hole, and just like traditional golf rules, wherever
your disc lands, that's where you make your next throw or 'play your next
The first known instance of anyone playing golf with a flying
disc was in Vancouver 1926. A group of school age kids played a game with tin
lids on a self-made course that they had laid out on their school grounds,
which they called ‘Tin Lid Golf’.
Despite being unrecognised and unaccepted as a sport for many
years, Ed Headrick, inventor of what we know as the modern day Frisbee, became
so convinced that Disc Golf could be a mass participant sport, he started up
the Disc Golf Association 1976.
Disc golf is growing exponentially and now has its own
globalized rules, competitions and standards, with the aim to increase
international play. The UK now has 15 disc golf courses, with more planned to
come, but the sport is truly international, with thousands of courses across
The greatest attributes of the sport is that it can be enjoyed by all ages; from school kids to the older generation, making it one of the best lifetime sports available. It is also a brilliant way to get active, and being easy on the pocket too means it can be great family fun.
It shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf,
whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway!
So why not give it a go?
Watch out for it at your local park or create your own Disc
Watch Disc Golf in action: http://bit.ly/1yM7GbT
Find out more: http://www.pdga.com