What is Disc Golf?

IMG_0199Disc 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 strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest 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 throw 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 a few differences, though. Disc golf is much less expensive and sometimes doesn’t even require 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.


OBJECT: Have fun and play the course from beginning to end in the fewest throws.

TEE-OFF: Tee throws must be released from within the designated tee area.

LIE: The spot where the disc lands.

THROWING ORDER: Lowest score on previous hole tees first.

AFTER THE TEE-OFF: The player whose lie is furthest from the target throws first.

FAIRWAY THROWS: Must be made from on the lie. A run-up and follow through is permitted.

OUT OF BOUNDS: A throw that lands out-of-bounds must be played from the point where the disc went out. One throw penalty.

PUTT: Within 10 yards of the target a player must not step past the lie, when attempting a putt throw.

COMPLETION OF HOLE: The hole is complete when the disc is in the basket or supported by the chains.

COURTESY: Do not throw until the players ahead of you or any bystanders are out of range. Allow faster players to play through. Please be courteous when others are throwing.

Have fun! Pack it in, pack it out, please don’t litter.


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