Disc golf is the newest sporting craze sweeping the nation! It’s fun, competitive, inexpensive to play and you can do it alone or in a team, no matter the age of the players. So let’s find out a little more about it…

 

Created in the ’60s, this game is bit like golf. You follow a similar course and begin each ‘hole’ at a designated tee. The difference is, instead of hitting a ball with a club, you throw a frisbee-like disc with the aim of getting it into an elevated metal basket in the least number of throws.The courses have pars like traditional golf, so each course has a par set for it. Over 18 holes the par can range from 54 to 72. And like golf, the winner is the person who completes each ‘hole’ with the fewest number of tries (throws).

Those who really get into the competitive side of the game will often have more than one disc to play with. Just as you would use different golf clubs to master each hole, the different discs used help you drive for distance, make your approach and putt, and even help you curve to get around obstacles.

A hugely appealing fact of disc golf is that most courses are free to play on, and you can either hire a disc (simply with a return deposit, so it ends up being free) or you can buy one for about $10.

 

Where can you play?

There are now more than 6000 courses worldwide. In Sydney, you can play for free at the historic Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park on weekends and in school holidays (see dates). Here you will find 18 permanent baskets to keep you challenged. There are also regular league days held on the third Sunday of each month, whereby the leagues are handicapped, so the game caters to all skill levels and everyone has a chance of winning.

Just outside Sydney, you can play at Koala Park at Colongra on the Central Coast. Established in 2015 by the Wyong Council, this course has nine baskets, which takes about 40 minutes to complete.

Take a look at this video on disc golf to see why this game is so incredibly popular…

Find out more about disc golf at NSW Disc Golf and the Sydney Disc Golf Club.

 

Tell us, have you ever played disc golf? What did you like about this game? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Kaden Kelsey 12 June 2017 at 11.39am

    I’ve been playing disc golf for 10 years. I’ve played all over the United States and at the couple courses here locally, in New South Wales.

    What I love about the sport is that you don’t have to be an athlete to play. It also doesn’t take lots of training to become good. Anyone can play, regardless of age or gender. If you don’t like competition like me, then it’s great, because you are really only competing against yourself. Unless you like to compete, and if that is the case you can join tournaments which will also give you a score to compare to locally here in Australia, or even global.

    I go play at the Newington Armory quite often, and I just keep trying to beat my lowest score from last time. It gets me outdoors and I get to enjoy a leisure walk around the park.

    I recommend that everyone at least give it a try once. You can rent discs at the bike rental shed near the Armory wharf, and you get your money back when you return the disc!

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