Disc Golf

What is Disc Golf?

Disc Golf is a game similar to traditional golf, but instead of using golf clubs and golf balls, players toss flying discs or "frisbees(r)" into a basket. The object of the game is to complete the course from beginning to end with the fewest number of throws of the disc.

Disc Golf Origins

Recreational flying discs originated in the early 1900s, with modern disc golf taking off in the early 1960s. It was not untill the 1960s players in Pendleton King Park in Augusta, Georgia began to toss Frisbees into targets made out of 50-gallon barrel trash cans.

Later, around 1964 students attending Rice University in Houston Texas began to hold tournaments using trees as targets. Popularity of the new flying disc game spread and in 1965 George Sappenfield set up an object course for his kids to play on calling the game "basket frisbee".

In 1975, Ed Headrick also known as "steady Ed" and the "father of disc golf" invented the chain collection basket that is the equivalent of the hole in golf. He later founded the International Frisbee Association, the Junior Frisbee Championship, and organized the World Frisbee Championship. He then went on to create and standardize the sport of Disc Golf and create the Disc Golf Association (DGA).

The Disc Golf Association (DGA) which now officiates the standard rules of play for the sport, was established in order to form a new international sport and to promote the installation and use of disc golf courses around the world.

Disc Golf has evolved into a worldwide sport and has grown at a rate of 12-15 percent annually in the past decade. More than 3000 disc golf courses are have been developed in over 40 countries worldwide, primarily in North America, Central and Western Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Disc Golf Rules

An extensive guide of official disc golf rules can be found at PDGA Rules

Disc Golf Discs

Several types of flying discs are used in disc golf, each with it's own flight patterns. Each disc can be used by both left and right-handed throwers by simply reversing your stance.

Distance Driver

Disc golf drivers are small discs with a sharp edge used for throwing long distances. Their small diameter and low profile allows them to fly faster and longer than other discs.

Fairway Driver

Fairway drivers are slower than distance drivers but allow more control over their flight.

Midrange Disc

Midrange discs are slower than Fairway Drivers but allow even more accurate flights.

Putter Disc

The Putter disc is the slowest and shortest flying disc, it's accuracy allows the most control of the disc's flight towards the basket.

Disc Golf Courses

Disc golf courses are layed out in various styles ranging from easy to the most challenging and strategic courses. Each have the same essential components; targets or baskets, tee pads and signs.


The disc golf target originaly consisted of a metal pole buried in the ground. They later bacame known as tonal poles due to the sound they made when hit with a flying disc.

Tee Pads

Disc golf tea pads are where the player stands to start the game. Tee pads are commonly made of astroturf, cement, dirt, gravel or even wood.


Disc golf signs are critical to a good game, signs with distances, par count, out-of-bounds, and layout for each hole gives players the information they need to make a great shot. Courses usually have an main sign at the beginning of the course which lists details of the course and any information that might be needed. Not all disc golf courses have signage.

Disc Golf Throwing Styles

The backhand and the forehand are the two basic throwing techniques used in disc golf. Other advanced throws are used

Backhand Throw

The more common backhand throw consists of taking the disc and throwing it across the front of your body. This move is very similar in throwing a regular flying disc.

Forehand Throw

A forehand throw, also called a sidearm throw, is similar to throwing a baseball where the arm moves across the same side of the body

Tomahawk Throw

The Tomahawk throw is a vertical release where the disc is thrown over the head towards the front, as a baseball pitcher might use.

Disc Golf Today

Disc Golf continues to grow at an extremely fast pace with courses, tournaments, and players poping up all over the world. Relax! Enjoy! Most importantly, follow through!

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