Who Gives A Flying . . .September 13, 2016
Shame on you! I’m talking disc golf here.
Disc golf has the same premise as golf, but there are no clubs involved. How is that possible?
Instead of a golf ball, a frisbee-like object (called a disc) is used. And there are no flags to run into and no holes in the ground to trip over. The goal is to throw the disc into a pole hole (an elevated metal basket) from a tee area. And just like golf, the more attempts you need the less you’re winning.
Just so you’re aware, disc golf courses’ plantlife is not like “the green” of golf courses. Lucky for us, Morris Park boasts 2 of the BESTdisc golf courses in the state. The Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course and Orange Crush — like all disc golf courses— are au naturale. There are trees, shrubs and rocks to make it even more mentally and physically exciting!
As you’ve probably gleaned, disc golf can include multiple players. But like “traditional” golf, it can also be a solitary sport.
I like the options, but do you have to be a certain height or have extra-long arms?
This isn’t like basketball or swimming. The beauty of the game is that it includes all age ranges, all physical levels and can be played by people who are specially abled or disabled. Plus, it knows no economic status; courses are free and to get a disc costs less than a restaurant bill. Better yet, you’ll never get a vacation from disc golf. It knows all geographic locations: courses are all around the United States, Finland, Germany and just about anywhere else!
Disc Golf can be played year round.
So how do I start?
Getting started is simple:
- Get a disc (and help choosing a disc.)
- Then learn the basics.
- Take a trip to Morris Park and get some practice.
- All that’s left to do is PLAY!
Speaking of tournaments, you’re are in luck. September 17th & 18th is the Seth Burton Memorial at Morris Park. Join the competition or watch the pros in action. Either way, it will be an exciting couple days.
To help the newbies or hone the skills of the seasoned player, Zach Melton will be at Morris Park at 6 pm on Friday the 16th to offer tips and techniques. Zach is a 2-time Seth Burton Memorial champ, so he knows his stuff! Plus there will be a Fly Mart from 5 – 8 pm so that you can get all the necessary gear to play like a pro.
What do you like most about disc golf? Any tips to share?