Disc Golf is a flying disc (colloquially known as a Frisbee) game that is played in a similar fashion to traditional ball golf. Rather than clubs, players use an assortment of discs with different flight characteristics to get from the tee pad to the chain basket of any given hole. Where as a traditional golfer might use drivers, irons, and a putter, a disc golfer would use discs similarly referred to as drivers, mid-ranges, and putters. Like traditional golf, a standard round consists of either 9 or 18 holes. The player who traverses the course in the fewest throws (strokes) - wins!
What You Need to Start
There are two discs that you should have to start playing disc golf - a mid-range and a putter. There are beginner sets available that contain a driver, mid-range, and putter available from many online retailers (visit our purchase discs page), or locally you can pick up a beginner's pack at most Wal-Mart's in Winnipeg. Once you have some discs, you can either find a course to play, or head to a nearby field to practice throwing your new discs to get a feel for how they fly.
The temptation is to start throwing the very cool-looking drivers -- however new players are best served learning to throw a mid-range properly before moving up to drivers. If you find your disc has a tendancy to veer off to the left (as a right-handed backhand thrower), it likely means you should "disc down" to a mid-range and focus on form.
The basic rules of the game are fairly straight forward:
Never throw when there are people down field from you. Always yield to park users and players ahead of you.
When possible, try to leave the course cleaner than you found it. Many hands make light work.
Tee order is determined by the previous hole. Lowest first.
Once teeing off, the player furthest from the basket throws first.
Always throw your next shot from behind your lie.
You may not step past your lie on a follow through when within 10 meters (33 feet) of the basket.
If your shot goes out of bounds, your lie is considered to be the last place the disc was in bounds.
Being OB (out of bounds) incurs a penalty stroke.
Out of bounds is generally out of the park, or in non-casual water (a creek would be OB, a puddle is safe)..