Take a Frisbee like disc, but much smaller and fling it into a basket made of metal chains. Sounds easy? This challenge is similar to golf and played like golf but can be played by any age. It is all about how to “flick the disc”. The Idaho X-sports Adventure Park in Garden Valley has been working on a 9 hole disc golf course complete with similar challenges one would expect at a golf course.
Jason Sawin, General Manager of the Adventure Park has been creating a challenging course that crosses a creek twice and onto and off of an island on a pond. Sawin says, “We are dog friendly on the course and family friendly all around. The scenery is amazing up here in Garden Valley, ID. We continue to work on the disc golf course by mowing, marking the tee boxes and providing a good pad on the tee boxes. Most of the course is very natural at this point.”
Disc Golf is a growing sport and some people even call it addictive. It can be played by anyone that can throw a disc. Some people like it because it is a low impact sport that just involves walking the course. Others like it for the focus and concentration it takes, followed by a lot of patience. It is a game that persons of any skill level can play together.
Instead of using golf clubs, a person uses a disc that is about 8 inches. The game started from people using a Frisbee and flinging them into any target such as a garbage can. Now players use a basket made of chains that extend above the ground on a pole. There is a tee area and the object of the game is to land your disc in the basket with the least amount of throws possible. Discs are now even designed for the type of throw needed, much like choosing the correct golf club.
Schools and colleges are embracing the sport of disc golf on their campuses. In Idaho there are over 5 State Parks that offer a disc golf course. The craze has helped to encourage parks in towns all over the US to set up courses for people to use. Today there are over 2,500 Disc Golf Courses in the United States. There a Professional Disc Golf Association. Pro players compete in more than 390 sanctioned tournaments and a Worlds Championship annually.
The Adventure Park is able utilize a more natural terrain. The fact that disc golf courses can be set up in terrain that golf courses deem unthinkable is what distinguishes a big difference in the two games. The disc golf course is mostly natural and only the tee boxes and greens are mowed. Each hole is unique with elevation changes, trees to go between or over, two pond crossings and two creek crossings. Estimated feet to each basket can range from 110’ to 386’. The lowest total cumulative score wins.
There are some rules to follow but this is a great activity for the whole family. The Idaho-X-Sports Adventure Park will have discs to rent for $2 each and a bag for $2. Replacement/purchase is $12 for a disc. There are refreshments and food available at the park and other activities to take in such as mountain biking, and tubing hill. Follow them on Facebook.