Disc golf is a great recreational sport for all ranges of physical ability. Why cover it on a personal finance blog? Disc golf is not only great fun, but it’s also extremely inexpensive, with full start-up and ongoing costs under $50 (depending on where you play). That’s what you pay for a round of golf and a cart!
What exactly is disc golf? Well, let’s cover what disc golf isn’t. Frisbee golf! Frisbees are lightweight flying saucers that you play catch with. If you play catch with a puck and it hits hard enough it might break something. Now that I’ve covered that little pet peeve, let’s move on.
Disc golf is basically golf with hard plastic discs. Traditional advice given to golfers is to always carry a disc golf bag to keep discs, and instead of putting the ball in the cup, the goal is to throw the puck into a metal basket. You start on a concrete pad, similar to a golf tee, and shoot toward the target of the basket until you land your puck in the basket. As its name might imply, there are a number of similarities between traditional golf and disc golf.
One of the best things about disc golf is the low barrier to entry. Disc golf is cheap. Very cheap. Most disc golf courses are free. Some parks charge an entrance fee, but the golf itself is often free. The equipment is cheap too. Beginners can easily get away with buying three different discs:
The record weight is important too. Records generally weigh between 150 and 180 grams. Beginners should start with light to medium-weight plates, while professionals tend to use heavier plates.
As highlighted above, Discraft and Innova are two large disc golf manufacturers. They both make excellent records that I would recommend to everyone. The discs tend to be anywhere from $10 to $15 in price. Since you need very few discs to play, I recommend avoiding the cheaper discs, which are usually made of smooth, harder plastic. Higher-end discs tend to provide more grip and durability. Both manufacturers offer product catalogs, details on all of their drives, dealer locators, and how-to videos on their sites:
Let’s not forget the goal of disc golf. It’s a metal post with a basket around it, usually about 2 feet off the ground. Chains hang from the top of the pole above the basket to “catch” your putter as it is being thrown at the target so that it can drop into the basket. Once there is a disc in the basket, you have completed the hole.
City and county parks are the two most likely places to have disc golf courses. Occasionally, you’ll find a private course, but they’re a rarity in the world of disc golf. To find a local disc golf course, here are some good resources:
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