Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. 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, the fewest number of throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee pad to a target that is the "hole". At our course here at Jacques Cartier Park, all throws must be made from behind recessed wooden posts, which are partially buried in the ground perpendicular to the target. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets, the most common of which is called a Pole Hole®, which is an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the position where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide unique and challenging obstacles for the golfer on every throw.
Finally, the putt lands in the basket and the hole is completed. In making your shots, it is common to use discs that have different throwing characteristics. Some are good for long open drives, others for mid-range shots and others for when the target is located out of sight around a large obstacle. Disc golfers generally carry at least three discs with them one for the initial drive, a shorter and more accurate approach or mid-range disc for their second shot, and a special putting disc to earn at least par on the hole. However, as you get more involved you will see the advantages of owning more discs for other specialized situations, such as water hazards, heavy wind, and unforeseen obstacles.
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 a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a green fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you will 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.