A year ago I was introduced to the world of disc golf. At the time I understood in principle what disc golf was but had no idea that, outside of the confines of the backyards in which we spent our childhood, disc golf had become a widely available recreational sport.
At a time when the number of traditional (ball) golfers is retracting, disc golf continues to grow in popularity across Canada and North America. “Disc golf is a recreational sport for everyone, regardless of age, sex, or ability”, the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) proudly states. Whether you are super-active or wanting to try something new, this sport adds outdoor entertainment.
Whereas a traditional walk or run normally takes you down a defined path, a round of disc golf encourages you to leave the beaten path to discover woodlands, rivers and ponds you would perhaps never have discovered before. And what’s the price of this enjoyment? For nearly all courses there is no fee to play.
Most disc golf courses are located within city or provincial parks. The sport is widely accepted to be an activity that provides a low cost recreation for the community, while bearing a low cost for installation and maintenance on both funding and the environment.
Our tip: if you’re finding throwing a Frisbee back and forth this summer is mundane, get out to your local park and try disc golf.
What you should know: discs are typically heavier and smaller than standard Frisbees and fly a lot further. They can range in price from $5 to $25+ for professional discs.
What you need: a Frisbee or a disc