Disc Golf Popularity Surges in Eastern Idaho

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Updated: 5/10/2013 6:46 pm

Spring has arrived and by the end of the weekend, it will feel more like summer. You might be feeling a little antsy to get outside. A great, inexpensive way to do this is through the sport of disk golf.

If you are familiar with traditional golf, or even miniature golf, this sport should be easy to understand. There is one major difference though; for the most part you don’t have to pay to use the course.

On a spectacular eastern Idaho morning that was bordering on glorious, it felt like the perfect opportunity to take two KPVI coworkers out for their first Idaho disc golfing experience.

But before we got too far, we checked with a few sixth graders who were at Ross Park for a fieldtrip to see if they had any advice.

“Just keep your eye on your target and don’t get mad and try your best,” said a sixth grader.

The first hole left a little to be desired. Both Matt and Melissa were just getting used to throwing discs which are a little different than a traditional Frisbee. In the sport of disc golf, different discs can be used for specific purposes. Many players will use a driver, a mid-range disc, and a putter. We used two drivers, a Frisbee, and a football.

One of the beauties of the sport is its flexibility and just getting out and enjoying the weather.

“My favorite part about disc golf is getting out and enjoying the sun and the weather,” said a disc golfer. “It’s a great hobby…cheap.”

In the end, we completed all nine holes, had some laughs, and developed a love for a new sport.

“I haven’t figured out which way my Frisbee will go, right or left,” said Matt Hugie, First time disc golfer. “The football always goes straight. It’s warm out here, it’s beautiful. Football is my game for now but I’ll figure this out.”

“This is an intense game,” said Melissa Hackney. “I tried my hardest. I don’t think I ended up winning. I think you need to dress appropriately for the game too. I wouldn’t really recommend wearing a dress. Maybe some shorts and a tank-top would be a lot better.”

There are disc golf courses throughout eastern Idaho. Including a few that have been recognized nationally. You can find more information and a map to these courses at this link.

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