I have been playing disc golf since close to the beginning of the sport. The first courses I played were the first 2 in Minnesota.
Disc golf is good exercise
The picture to the right was taken on a course that is a ski area in the winter. If you play this course you will get an extra workout. The course is a lot of up and down walking on some huge hills.
The sport of disc golf was invented in the mid 1970’s, and for most of the first 30 years was played by either people who were hardcore into disc golf, or by those who just thought it was a cool way to spend some time outside. Over the past 5 to 10 years there have become many more serious disc golfers, as well as many more who have discovered that the sport is an inexpensive, fun game, and a great way to get in or stay in shape.
One of the toughest things about exercise is that most people don’t want to do it, because for the most part, it's just not any fun. If you can find a sport that you can play that you enjoy and is fun, and you can also get a pretty good workout while doing it, you will do it because you want to, and that is the best form of exercise there is.
Being able to exercise while having fun playing game is one of the greatest things. disc golf great because you can do that, you can play a game, have fun and still get a good workout.
Why play disc golf
There are some great reasons to play disc golf if you have never given it a try. First it is very inexpensive to play. The discs range in price from around $8 up to $20 each. You can play a reasonable game with a minimum of 3 discs. Second many courses are free to play and the ones that do charge are very reasonable, from $3 per round to $10 per day for the highest rate.
Third, it's a great way to get outdoors and get some fresh air and get some exercise outside. I think exercise always seems better when your outside.
The sport is easy to learn, but like most sports, it takes some work and practice to get to a point where you think you’re good. Getting to pro status takes thousands of hours of practice and playing.
Most people have been to the beach and thrown a Frisbee, so most people can start out playing disc golf and be able to do most of the shots that you need. That is one of the benefits of disc golf, Most other sports when you start you are not very good, it takes a long time work up to be even just somewhat competent, disc golf is not like that, you can start out as a beginner and play fairly well. It does take a lot of practice to get good but you can have fun just starting out.
Disc golf basket
Who can play disc golf
The greatest thing about disc golf is that you can start playing at around 8 to 10 years old, and can play as long as you can walk. I am in my mid 50’s and can outplay my son in laws and much younger players. I started playing around 1978 when I first heard about the sport, and it’s still my favorite sport to play.
Why it's exercise
If you want to play, you are forced to exercise. There are no golf carts like in ball golf so you will end up walking around 2 miles if you play a normal 18 hole course. Because you are walking and throwing most of the time, you are burning calories at a higher rate. When we play we usually play 2 rounds of 27 holes which is around 5 to 6 miles of walking and takes 4 to 4 1/2 hours. It's a great way to start off the weekend.
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