What is Disc Golf?

Disc golf is similar to traditional ball golf but instead of using clubs and a ball, players throw flying discs in varying weights and molds. Popularized in the 1970s, the object of disc golf is to get your disc into the goal in the fewest throws or “strokes” possible. Each hole starts at a tee pad and ends in a metal target or “basket” with chains to catch the disc.

disc golf basket
One type of standard disc golf basket you will see on a course.

How to Play Disc Golf

After your first throw or “drive”, the player makes their next shots from where the disc landed. Natural obstacles of trees, brush, and other landscape add more challenge to the hole. The hole is concluded when the player throws or “putts” their disc golf discs into the disc golf basket. Most holes are an average of 3-4 strokes for par.

One of the holes at the course at Snowmass.
One of the holes at the course at Snowmass.

Know About Disc Golf Discs

The disc golf discs vary in weights, colors, molds, and shapes and most players have many different discs to throw in different situations. Drivers, mid-ranges, and putters are your three basic types of discs used in disc golf. Each disc has a publicized flight path that players can use to make decisions on which disc to use. There are currently over 100 different manufacturers of disc golf discs in the world and more are popping up every day.

disc golf discs in Basket
A few of the different types of disc molds, colors, and plastic variations you would see on a course or in someone's disc golf bag.

A Game for Everyone

Disc golf can be played by anyone and is a very useful activity for mild to moderate exercise using a disc golf discs. You can usually find a disc golf course in most cities and courses are getting more popular each year. To find a local course in your area click here.


(1) Professional Disc Golf Association

(2) Disc Golf Course Review

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(4)  Flickr Images

(5)  Wikimedia Commons