Have you ever played disc golf? If your answer is no you’re missing out! Disc golf is a great sport, mixing light exercise outdoors in a relaxed social setting. Disc golf is essentially the game of golf played with freebies. Depending on the course, the ‘hole’ can be a basket, a hanging tonal (that makes a sound when you hit it), or on more casual courses it’s certain locations, (such as “the tree at the top of the hill”).
While with any sport you can get competitive and have lots of discs to play in all situations, you don’t need them! I personally play with two discs, a putter and a driver, and have just as much fun as those carrying 20 discs. I do recommend using a bag to carry your discs around the course in. The bag can hold your discs and a beverage of your choice to enjoy the game.
Disc golf is generally a relaxed sport, it’s pretty much an excuse to go for a walk in nature with friends, throwing a disc at specified targets along the way. Similar to golf, everyone plays at their own pace, the more relaxed players allowing the quicker players to play ahead. Of course there’s always opportunities to get serious and play competitively in competitions, but most of us just enjoy going out and having fun.
All disc course vary, some have alternate tees for a shorter hole, some courses are more technical with shorter holes, while others are simply about how far you can throw a disc. Depending on who you’re playing with, you can also play “best disc” similar to best ball in traditional gulf.
Disc golf is a fun sport, usually filled with laughs as you try and throw your disc from the small stream you landed in, to all hunting for your disc you had bounce off a tree and disappear into the bushes. It’s a great game at any ages!
While many courses in the United States are pristine groomed courses looking like a golf course, the bulk of the Canadian courses I’ve seen are more Canadian, ….a trail in the woods.
On first sight you may think there are no opportunities to play disc golf while you’re out cruising, but after a second glance you’ll see there’s a number of options! For your next cruise, pick up a disc and plan a disc golf cruise! If you happen to be on Salt Spring Island without a disc, stop by Mouats and pick up a disc!
Here’s are some options for disc golf cruises:
Dinner Bay Community Park, 18 holes.
Salt Spring Island
Hart Memorial at Mouat Park, 18 holes.
Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club, 18 holes.
Thomson Park, 9 holes.
The Golf Island Disc Park, 27 holes.
Roche Harbor Trails Disc Golf, 18 holes.
Rotary Park Disc Golf, 9 holes.
Larry Gouthro Park, 9 holes.
Linnaea Farm, 18 holes.