Want to know more about the sport of disc golf? According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), disc golf is thought to have originated in the 1970s. Like traditional golf, the object of the game is to get from tee to hole, or in this case basket, in the least amount of strokes. However, in disc golf, a disc or Frisbee is used in place of a ball. Like golf, there are 18 holes in disc golf and courses can range in size from five acres to 40 acres; courses can coexist with park features like picnic areas and playgrounds. Changing terrain makes the game challenging and, while formal disc golf courses exist worldwide – as well as locally at places like Wills Park, players can set up a course anywhere by establishing a tee – such as a tree, and a target, like a light pole – practicing getting from one point to the next in as few throws as possible.
Today, the PDGA consists of more than 16,000 members and is the governing body of the sport. The organization provides sanctioned events for competitors of all ages and skill levels. There are no greens fees or cart fees for disc golf, which makes it an affordable sport and disc golf is inclusive in that it allows any number of players to participate in a game. A regular Frisbee can be used to play and actual discs can be purchased at most major sporting goods stores for less than $15. Visit www.pdga.com for more information.
The Atlanta Open will take place March 28-29 at Central Park in Cumming, Georgia, and East Roswell Park in Roswell, Georgia. The event is free for spectators.