Grab your discs and head out to your local disc golf course to celebrate today, national disc golf day!
Disc Golf Vs. Frisbee
A Frisbee is a flying disc that is designed to fly and be caught. Frisbees are lightweight and have a tall rounded edge. Golf discs are designed to fly long distances and be caught by disc baskets. Golf discs are smaller than Frisbees, heavier, thinner and have a more defined edge. Golf disc size, dimension and weight is regulated. The Professional Disc Golf Association regulates golf discs to create a fair game for players. Frisbee size, weight and dimensions vary by producer to create lightweight toys for fun.
Disc golf has the general same set of rules as traditional golf. Unlike traditional golf, players throw their disc into a raised basket. Just like with traditional golf, players try to make the least amount of turns. Disc golf courses can have 9 to 18 baskets for a typical game. Playing Frisbee is as simple as a game of catch with a friend or dog.
Brief History of Disc Golf
Ed “Steady” Headrick is known as the father of modern disc golf. Ed Headrick is the patented creator of the flying disc, Frisbee. Headrick is the patented creator of the chain link baskets used in the sport. The first account of disc golf was by George Sappenfield and Kevin Donnelly in the 60s. In 1968, Sappenfield promoted the game to the American toy company, Wham-o. In 1972, The Official Frisbee Handbook was written by Wham-o’s publicist, Goldy Norton. Disc golf was one of the many games briefly mentioned in the publication. By 1975, disc golf was a booming sport in the state of California. The Professional Disc Golf Association was founded in 1976 by Ed Headrick. The association invited members around the country to practice disc golf and compete in tournaments.
Local Disc Golf Parks
Find more disc golf courses at the Professional Disc Golf Association Course Directory Map website.