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October 12, 2004

Professional Disc Golf Association

The other week the Wall Street Journal had an article about the popularity of Disc Golf. This article was about the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and how much this sport and business is growing. My first thought was, oh no, these damn frisbee throwers are going to try and take over our golf courses just like the damn snowboarders did to our ski slopes. And guess what, I was right.

Same crap, different sport. Here's a directory of golf courses that have been bastardized by these frisbee tossers. Granted there are many parks that offer this too, and that's cool by me.

The number of people playing disc golf surprised me. There are approximately 500,000 people playing on a regular basis nationwide on over 1,250 courses, up from 900 only two years ago.

I guess I'd play the sport if given the opportunity, it's not like I'll go out of my way to try this. Besides, I've never been very good at throwing a frisbee. Going to all those Grateful Dead shows in high school and college you would have thought I'd be much better at tossing one of those damn things. Hey, if you give me a hacky sack I can juggle it with the best of them.

To me, this will always be frisbee golf.

1 comment:

pahonix said...

"To me, this will always be frisbee golf."

And to most other people, it is as well. Honestly, I don't know of many non-discgolfers that call it disc golf, but rather, frisbee golf.

But about your saying that disc golfers are trying to take over ball golf courses. I certainly hope this was said with tongue-in-cheek or appropriate sarcasm. The link you gave to the directory of disc golf courses points to the PDGA's list of all courses, not just ones that were built on land that used to be a ball golf course. There's a couple of those here in Florida (Jacksonville's Four Palms comes to mind right away). But in that particular case, the ball golf course was decommissioned well before it was turned into a disc golf course.

Anyway, I would recommend giving disc golf another shot. Did you use disc golf discs or just regular old frisbees that you'd get at Walmart or something? A couple of disc golf discs won't set you back but like $8-9 per disc and you'd really only need a driver, a mid-range and a putter. If you'd like a consult on where to get them or which ones to get, drop me a line.

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