Any disc golfers in the SDMB ranks?

Prompted by my brother in law, my wife and I have been playing disc golf probably 3-4 times a week for the past year or so. We’re not tournament players, but maybe when I get to where I can bomb 400 foot drives…

Played 36 holes today, and my forehand was on fire. I normally find it my best throw, unless of course the goal is sharply to the left. I have a bone spur in my shoulder which prevents me from really cutting loose on my backhand. I just can’t get as much power out of it.

The Southern national doubles tournament was in town this weekend, so it was tough to play around them, but man, it was fun watching some of those guys birdie a 600 foot hole. Wow. Saw a guy muff his first drive, undershooting badly. He casually picked his disc up and birdied the hole from 200 or so feet away.

I played practically every Saturday and Sunday morning for more than 15 years. Our club, “The Flying Deuces”*, played/plays more than a dozen “object” courses in Santa Clara County, rain or shine. I sort of gave it up when I moved to San Diego, as the Morley Field Course is always too crowded. Not to mention the fact that they charge to play there. Besides, I’ve never been very good at basket holes.

Whenever I’m on the road and spot a disc golf course, I’ll grab a couple of discs and play a quick round. The most unusual place I’ve found a course was in Montana’s Makoshika State Park, where the “target stakes” are placed along the edge of the badlands.

*Not named after the Laurel and Hardy movie, but for the desired score on any given hole. I wanted to name the club “The Flying Monkeys” after the creatures in The Wizard of Oz, but I got out-voted.

Disc golfer checking in. Haven’t had the chance to play much since I moved from Portland to Manhattan, but I still have the discs with me.

Disc golf for me is always a bit of a struggle because my handedness is really weird. I’m right-hand dominant for most sports, but I write and do most other things with my left hand. For frisbee, it gets even more complicated. I can throw backhand and forehand with each hand, but my strongest throws are my left-handed backhand and right-handed forehand. I can’t putt worth a damn with my left hand or my right-handed forehand, so I putt with a right-handed backhand which is pretty accurate but weak. So I end up driving with my left hand and putting with my right hand. I’ve tried to practice my way out of it, but it just never feels natural dong it any other way. The real challenge is one the mid-range shots deciding which hand to use. Needless to say, all these weird dominant-hand issues mean I’m not that great a player. But I sure do miss it.

Yep, it’s great fun.

I love it, but I hardly ever play. A long-time friend used to have a tournament…she (her parents, rather, she’s moved out long since) live on a lot of land and she and her brothers set up the course. They made a big deal out of their once-a-year tournament, charged money, had food, and every year they bought a new “hole” (meaning those chain things). They had, as I said, lots of land, water hazards, rough, stuff like that. Also a springer spaniel that would retrieve your disk if it landed in the water hazard.

There was a different drink at each hole, once you’d completed it.

I got a hole in one once! Woo hoo! On the hole where you got a margarita.

There were some serious players there but I was just in it for the fun, although I wasn’t bad and usually came in in the top 20.

The course is still there but they don’t have the tournament any more. People do go there to play, but she and her brothers have moved on so the grass doesn’t get mowed any more, which is a problem on several of the holes, and the disk-recovering dog is also out of the picture.

I’d think it would be great to be ambidextrous for disc golf. Talk about a huge variety of options. I’m kind of retired from disc golf, but I’ve been playing a bit more since they put in the course in Golden Gate Park, because one of my best friends is a fanatic. If the local course was closer (short bike ride) I’d play a lot more because I always have to drink beer when I’m playing. It’s the way I was brought up, and that’s the way it is.

There’s a new course down at Lake Casitas near Ventura that I’ve been meaning to check out. It’s a wide open course with some over water shots. It costs money to park there, so it has very low usage. My buddy has a season parking pass, so I should haul my ass out there some time.

I mentioned in a previous thread that I was the primary donor for the Santa Barbara course, thus being instrumental in getting it put in. I played the Oak Grove (first course ever) in 1974, so I’ve been playing for a while. I’m sort of friends with Tom Kennedy, the first ever PDGA champion in 1975. He’s got a frisbee collection that will blow your mind.

Before the course near my house got shut down (church who owned the land got tired of all the hippies) I’d play twice a week. Now that I have to drive about 30 minutes, I go about two times a month.

I’d say my average is between even and three under par.

The La Mirada, CA regional park has a great 27 hole course that has been used for the Nationals. I love that you can get started so cheaply, it has that laid back, “tell the Man to get lost” attitude, and it doesn’t cost to play (at least there). When we started out, we only had the toss-and-catch discs, which I now realize made us look way n00b.

I’m a disc golfer, as well, but I don’t go nearly as often as I’d like. I went last Thursday for the first time in maybe two months. And since I’m in the Chicago area, I obviously only have about 5 months a year in which to Frolf.

I don’t really know my scores as we don’t keep score when we play. I can estimate that my skill falls in the range between “not too bad, I guess” and “my god, have you ever even played before?”

Frolfing is one of life’s great joys. During the school year (I’m a college student) I play a couple rounds a week- there’s a semi-official course that runs across most of campus, and everyone is used to seeing people playing through.

One of the finest golfers I ever played with could throw from either side. We were often in awe of the shots he could pull off. We nicknamed him “Johnny Lightning”. He once was co-owner of the world record for longest continuous game of frisbee catch. I couldn’t find a cite for that, but I did discover this recent article about him: Elk Grove Citizen article on Disc Golf

Absolutely. The course I play is kind of urban and being able to throw with either hand would allow me much better options when I’m trying to hook it around buildings.

I’ve played disc golf for 5 years or so but not much in the past year since graduating college. I’ve been in a handful of tourneys and played in a couple handicap leagues and local doubles tourneys nearly every week when I was an active player.

Among the friends with whom I play casual rounds of disc golf, some are pot smoking hippies who only play for fun, some are serious hardcore players who are ranked nationally, and one of them is a former world champion. I can drive as well (or nearly as well) as most of them…I max out a little over 400 feet, but my putting does not match up well against the ranked players. Some of them almost never miss a putt within 30 feet of a basket.

The world champ built a course on his own property, and it is by far the most difficult course I’ve played: most fairways are really long and dense with trees and bushes. One of the baskets is sandwiched between four tree trunks.

My favorite course (at least among the ones I’ve played) is Mt. Airy in Cincinnati, OH.

My hometown doesn’t have a course nearby, so sometimes when visiting parents I go to my old high school’s football field and practice my driving by throwing 90 and 100 yard field goals.

I wish I lived closer to a course these days. Eventually, I hope to build my own course, but that will be 10-20 years in the future if it ever happens.

I played all the time in high school and college, then pretty much stopped for the next 20 years – I’d get a wild hair and play once every few years, but all of the courses were at least a half-hour drive away, and then I started traveling all the time, having kids, etc.

About a year and a half ago, we moved to a new house that’s practically across the street from a park with one of the better courses in the Atlanta area. The pro tee box for the 4th hole is approximately 800 feet from my front door. It wasn’t a factor in deciding to buy the house (well, the park was, but not the course specifically), but now that my work travel schedule is a bit saner, I’ve started playing again. I can walk over and play 9 holes first thing in the morning before it gets too hot, and still be back at the house with time to shower before heading downstairs to my home office to start work at 9 am. I desperately need the exercise and have never really gotten into anything else.

I’m not very good – never was, by national standards. I was just good enough in my prime to place in the top 3 in the amateur division at the Arkansas state championship in the early 1980s. Arkansas, of course, was not a hotbed of disc golf then, and anyone who was any good was in the pro division, so that’s no real distinction. The best thing about it was that I had the opportunity, on the second day of the tournament, to play in the same foursome with “Steady Ed” Headrick, the creator and tireless promoter of the sport (as well as Ultimate, and the raised ridges on top of the conventional Frisbee disc), and a wonderful man.

In high school, I laid out a decent object course on the grounds of a local elementary school. In college, there was an object course around the most heavily traveled part of campus, and we played almost every day. Looking back, it’s a miracle someone wasn’t maimed. All of the holes crossed sidewalks/paths between buildings, and the last hole involved a drive from an elevated, blind tree area across the main sidewalk from the women’s dorms to the library, across another sidewalk leading from the front door of the student center, to a flagpole in front of the building. It wasn’t until I started playing a “proper” course with pole holes, laid out by decent players, that I realized how short all of our holes were.

Thus I never learned, even in my prime, to throw with anything like the distance guys manage today. Short and straight was my game then (shorter, but not so straight, today). Of course, the discs were different then – I played with standard Wham-O Frisbees for a long time, graduating to the “moonlight flyer” denser plastic Wham-O golf discs, and then to Kitty Hawk Driver and Kitty Hawk Putter. I acquired a few newer discs several years back but never threw enough to get comfortable with them, and have bought a new batch recently that I’m experimenting with now. Fortunately, my home course is heavily wooded, so heaving it 500 ft isn’t as critical as at other courses.

The best thing about starting to play again has been that my ten-year-old son has been playing with me at times (so has my eight-year-old daughter, though less often). He seems to have some aptitude for it – on one of our first rounds he holed out on a tree-guarded basket from at least 80 feet out, and he’s pretty accurate in general. The park system offered a disc golf camp for kids last week at the course across the street (3 days, 9 am to noon) and he really enjoyed it – plus the registration fee included an Innova starter bag and three discs (Champion Sidewinder, Skeeter, and an Aviar) plus a marker mini and towel – just the discs would retail for more than the fee, so it was a great deal (didn’t know they were getting the stuff – it was reasonable even without that).