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Disc Golf 101


Article by Kate Baxendale

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Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. What started with people throwing Frisbees at targets such as trash cans, trees has evolved into an official sport with a professional league and more than 7,500 disc golf courses in the U.S. The game is beginner-friendly and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Want to learn to play? Keep reading!

Disc golf is played like traditional golf, but instead of using clubs to hit balls into a hole, players toss rubber discs at a basket. The basket consists of a pole with a chain link basket to catch the discs. The object of the game is to complete each hole with the fewest number of throws. Players start at a tee area and the hole ends with the discs landing in the basket.

Courses are made up of either nine or 18 holes, and players complete the holes in order. Disc golf courses are generally built on terrain that is not suitable for other activities. For the first tee, the order is determined by mutual agreement or by flipping discs. Subsequent tee order is determined by the previous hole's score. The player with the lowest score goes first.

Mini marker discs are used to mark where the thrown disc lands. The marker disc is placed directly in front of and in line with the basket, touching the thrown disc. The thrown disc is then picked up.

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