Have you ever seen one of these and wondered what it was?
One time when I was at Tinicum Park, there was a family walking down the bike path. The little boy pointed at one of these strange metal objects and asked his mom what it was. She explained to him that the path they were on was an old mule path for the canal. They would tie ropes from the boats to the mules and the boats would get pulled along. (This story was so good – until the next sentence.) Then she said, “Those are the feeders that they put the hay in for the mules.”
It is not a mule feeder. It is a disc golf basket.
So what is disc golf?
Basically it is playing golf with a disc (or a Frisbee). Sometimes calling it Frisbee golf is the easiest why to explain it to the general public, but nobody throws a Frisbee brand disc, so we call it disc golf.
During a round, you step up to the tee, and throw your disc. Then walk to where it landed and throw again. Eventually you throw it into the hole, which looks like a bunch of chains on a metal pole. You can play the whole course with 1 disc if you want. It is that simple (unless you want to make it more complicated, more on that later).
Where can you play?
There are courses in many county and state parks. Most courses are free, but a few on private land charge a few dollars (the ones I have seen have only been $2 or $3). I will make a separate post on finding good courses.
You need a disc. One disc is enough to play a whole course and have fun doing it. But…..
I carry a backpack that is specially designed for disc golf, which holds about 15 discs, a towel, a retriever (for when the disc goes into the water), snacks, my cell phone, and sometimes an umbrella (rain is not a good reason to stop playing). So you can invest some money into the sport if you want.
Why would I carry so many discs?
There are different types of discs: drivers, mid-range, and putters. For those of you who are keeping track, I realize that 3 does not equal 15. Within each of those three categories, there are discs that fly differently. If you are right handed and throw backhand, your disc will curve left at the end of its flight (unless you hit a tree). Some discs will curve a little at the end, and some will curve a lot. Some discs will curve to the right during the initial part of the flight. So having a variety of discs can help you navigate the obstacles on the course.
Don’t get me wrong, playing with one disc can be a lot of fun too. There are actually some tournaments that require you to play with just one disc.
What should a beginner buy to get started?
I provided some links about for discs on Amazon, but if you are in the Doylestown, PA area, check out D-Town Disc Golf. Once this shop opened, I stopped buying discs online. They have over 2,500 discs in stock. I enjoy being able to pick the discs up and feel how they fit my hand, look at the colors in person, and comparing different discs. Earlier today, I also found out that they now have a basket in the field out back so you can try discs out.
Do you have a good local disc golf shop in your area?
Post a comment and let us know so that others in your area can find out.