Disc Golf History

Disc golf is also known as frisbee golf where players use flying discs and throw at targets. It started out as just an activity to past the time and play around in a park but later grew into something more organized. There is now an official association, the professional Disc Golf Association, which handles organized tournaments. There are also a lot of disc golf courses all around the U.S. and is actually played in around 40 countries all over the world.

The first time disc golf was played was by Ronald Gibson and his friends in Bladworth Elementary School at Bladwoth, Saskatchewan Canada way back 1926. They played the game with trees as targets and they called it Tin Lid Golf. The game would then fade away until the 1960s when people started playing it again in Pendleton King Park in Georgia where they would toss Frisbees into empty trash cans. Kevin Donelly started playing in 1961 when he was a Recreation Supervisor for Newport Beach, California and started organizing tournaments on the playgrounds that he supervised.

Other noteworthy individuals involved in disc golf includes George Sappenfield who popularized it in Thousand Oaks, California as well as “Steady Ed” Headrick who started designing the game like how it is played now like using chains and baskets for targets while Dave Dunipace invented the modern golf disc. Disc golf in now played in countries like Japan, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Australia, United States and a lot more.

The game starts on each hole, this is their version of teeing off, with players throwing from designated areas that are usually marked by cement or a rubber pad. This game has a lot of rule including holing out and out of bounds. There are two types of holing out. Holing out on a basket means the player must be able to throw the disc and it should make it inside the bottom basket or within the chains. Another form of holing out is striking a designated target area of an object using the disc.

The game also has safety rules like never throwing a disc towards an area that another person occupies unless they are fully aware of it. There are also quite a variety of discs that players use like a putter, mid-range and driver. All of these discs have their own characteristics and uses. Having this kind of recreational activity is great for camping or pretty much any park. Physical activities allow people to be more interactive and focus on more productive way of spending their time. Disc golf is a better recreational activity than what most of the youth engage in today.

A lot of the youth consider something else when the words physical activity is mentioned which tends to lead to signs and symptoms of pregnancies. Disc golf is a great way for families and friends to spend time with each other and just have fun. Having fun as a family can improve many things within the family and to think that it all can happen just by playing disc golf.