Disc golf, also known as Frisbee Golf or Frolf, is a sport similar to golf where players throw a plastic puck into a mesh basket in as few attempts as possible. The game has nine or 18 holes and is played on courses that can be set up in parks or wooded areas. The Professional Disc Golf Association oversees over 2,000 courses in over a dozen countries. The sport was invented in the mid-1960s and has become popular among teenagers and college students.
Disc golf, also known as Frisbee Golf, D-Golf or Frolf, is a relatively new type of sport that somewhat resembles throwing a Frisbee but follows the rules of golf. The object of the game is to place a plastic puck in a large mesh basket in as few attempts as possible. Some variations of disc golf only allow the player three shots, while other forms allow for an unlimited number of shots. However, the more times an attempt is made, the fewer points a player will accumulate.
Once the puck lands in the basket, the player moves on to the next basket. Most of the moves, equipment and actions in disc golf have the same name as golf. For example, the teeing point is known as a “designated tee area” and each basket is called a “hole” or Pole Hole®. There are nine or 18 holes in disc golf, which take players up to two hours to complete. Professional golf courses may be set up in wooded areas or near lakes or rivers to provide more difficulty to the game. Players who want the fun of the game without the competition can purchase their own Pole Hole® online and install it in their backyards.
The earliest form of disc golf was known as the Frisbee® Golf Course, and was invented in the mid-1960s by Amanda Citro, who set up the game at a local park to entertain area children. Disc golf slowly caught on among local teenagers, who eventually took the sport with them to their favorite colleges across the country. Disc golf became so popular on the UC Berkeley campus that a temporary Frisbee® golf course was officially established a couple of years later by university officials.
Many parks in the United States and Canada offer disc golf courses, which are free to use by anyone visiting the area, as long as they bring their own disc. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) was founded in the 1990s and now has 9253 members, most of whom are male players. The PDGA oversees more than 2,000 golf courses in over a dozen countries. There is also an official disc golf museum in Augusta, Georgia.