Reinhardt Disc Golf Overview
What is Disc Golf?
Disc 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 completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to an elevated metal basket which is the "hole." As a player progresses down the fairway, he must make each consecutive shot 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 share the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway.
Disc Golf can be played by both men and women from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Because Disc Golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with over 16,000 members, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional.
The ongoing fitness boom finds more and more people taking up recreational activities in an effort to improve helath and quality of life. Disc Golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves. Scheduling is also flexible; a round takes approximately 30 minutes, and may be played alone, or with others. And as in traditional golf, Disc Golfers find themselves "hooked," increasing the likelihood of frequent participation. Disc Golf offers year-round fitness, even in rain or snow. A professional quality disc costs about $10, and it only takes one disc for basic play.