I just started a new hobby, and I am hooked! Disc golf (aka frisbee golf) is awesome! It’s generally cheap, gets me off my butt, and is fun even though I stink at it, lol.
Disc Golf Breakdown
Okay, so you need to know some stuff before you’ll know if disc golf is really for you.
1. You will be throwing different kinds of frisbees, known as discs, and they come in types like golf clubs. The drivers are thin and for distance, the midranges are for the throws on your way to the basket, and the putters look like the classic kid frisbee I grew up with and are used for short throws. You may truly suck – have fun with it anyway.
2. You will be throwing towards a basket that looks really odd (see picture). You have to land in the chains part, not on top.
3. You can find free and paid courses very easily by visiting http://www.pdga.com/course_directory. The paid courses have a little icon that the free courses don’t. This site gives you all sorts of course info – very useful! We found a few free courses to try out over the next few weeks.
4. Go with friends. Really. Disc golfing by yourself may be great, but laughing along with someone else is even better. And if you don’t have any friends that want to try, make a couple at the course. No kidding. We went out for the first time last Sunday and an avid disc golfer with his pooch adopted our group and played along with us.
Disc Golf Cost
This really is a hobby that doesn’t have to cost much. I mean, you can go wild if you want (like with anything), BUT here is all you really need:
- Discs. In fact, you really only need a driver to have a good time. You can get one from Academy for $7, look at Craigslist and Ebay for deals, or even buy a starter set from Amazon for around $20 that will give you a driver, midrange, and a putter.
- Course. Again, use http://www.pdga.com/course_directory to find one.
- Bag for water and discs. You can splurge if you want, but I just grabbed an old bag and threw our discs into it. One of our friends did the same thing except he carried the water (yeah, we got the best end of that deal…).
That’s it. You can really just get started right now with a single $7 disc. Three out of six of us did the whole course with just a driver last week. Hubby, me, and the avid disc golfer were the only ones to use anything else.
Since Mr. BFS and I wanted several of our friends to come on our first trip last weekend, we splurged a little bit. I bought 4 drivers, 1 midrange, and 2 putters. Altogether, I spent about $60 at Academy on Saturday, but I wanted to make sure we all could play without everyone scurrying around Sunday morning before we met up.
It ended up working out really well for us. Everyone had their own driver last week, and we now have 5 drivers to practice with at the empty utility easement next to our house. I need to keep practicing…the guys were kicking my butt last week and I refuse to lose by double again. I still don’t have the distance Mr. BFS can get on his first throw, but I am much better than last Sunday. We’ll see how much better this coming weekend.
Have you ever played disc golf? What do you think?