Each hole has a "par"--how many shots it should take you to get to the hole....and the rules and scoring are very similar to golf. Sparky and Eldo don't keep a written score when they play, they just walk the course and keep track of who took the lesser number of throws to get to the chain link basket. Eldo has gotten better rapidly with each time they play, so the playing field has gotten pretty even!
The discs look like regular frisbees but they are specifically designed and weighted for the sport. If you know you have a tendency to throw or "hook" to the left, they make discs to compensate for that. If you slice to the right, there's a disc for that. There are a range of weights for each type of disc, as some people prefer a heavier "driver" disc--that's your main, straightaway throwing disc. The "putters" are heavier and designed for a closer throwing or putting range. You throw at a chain link basket, and the vertical chains "trap" the disc as it hits the basket. Sometimes, the disc will appear to pass right through the chains and bounce out of the basket! I HATE when that happens! The number of yards to the basket varies and determines the par for the throw....It's usually about a hundred yards to the basket or under.
There are disc courses all over the country, and we have seen LOTS in our travels. There is a website called Disc Golf Reviews and it tells you about each course and rates them as to difficulty. Here's a link to the official disc golf organization....http://www.pdga.com Here's another one to find out where to play... http://www.dgcoursereview.com/ It's inexpensive, a nice way to socialize with friends for a morning or afternoon, and you are helping yourself to stay healthy!
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