Flying Frisbees

When scouting courses on the PDGA Web site, you will find lots of information—location, date of construction, the length and difficulty of the course, a contact person, etc. Many communities have a disc-golf club, and information usually is listed with each course. Most courses are located in parks–either city or state—but some are on private property, in which case, you will need permission to play. Most courses offer nine or 18 holes, and each hole has a varying degree of difficulty. One of the coolest things about disc golf is that almost all courses are free to play. If there is a charge, it is usually minimal–between $1 and $6.

To date, I have played 59 different courses in 10 different states in four years. My disc-golf bag goes with me everywhere. Camp Allendale Christian Camp and RetreatCenter in Trafalgar, Ind., has an 18-hole course on the campground, and I highly recommend disc golf for any type of camp.

On the professional side of the game, the PDGA hosts tournaments in every state with lots of big names. There are also amateur tournaments with multiple levels of play for all ages. Many communities have their own tournaments and leagues as well.

The Benefits Of The Sport

One of the best reasons to play disc golf is camaraderie. You know what I mean–someone to encourage you when you do badly (and perhaps, will laugh uncontrollably when you do something silly) and someone to high-five when you do something amazing (which happens occasionally).

Another great thing about this sport is that it is good for players of all ages. I play with my 9-year-old grandson, my adult son and daughter, my wife, and with guys my own age (you know, the guys born just about the time the earth’s crust started to cool). Regardless of age, gender or athletic ability, or those with weight, time or financial restrictions, disc golf is a rare breed because everyone can be included. For individuals concerned about spending time away from the family, make this a family activity.

And just think about the exercise. On a course 5,000 feet long, by the time you are through, you have walked at least a mile and a half, bent over and picked up your disc as many times as you have thrown it, twisted your body with each throw, and likely tromped through the woods several times (watch out for the multi-floral rose … it’s brutal. I have a disc that evidently has been programmed to find this sticker bush easily). In one round, which normally lasts between 45 minutes and 1 ½ hours, you work up a good sweat. And it’s a great break from the normal routines of life. So pull out a disc and forget your cares. Whether you are good or bad when you start playing disc golf, you have a blast. And then–like me–you’re hooked.

Bob Carver has been in camp management for the past 33 years. He recently retired as executive director of CampAllendale in Trafalgar, Ind., to become the camp’s marketing director. He can be reached via e-mail at bob@camp-allendale.org

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