Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball
and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or FrisbeeŽ The sport
was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object
of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes
(or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole".
the hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common
is called a Pole HoleŽ an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses
down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot
where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain
changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging
obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket
and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and
frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt
or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences,
though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need
to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time."
It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female,
regardless of economic status.