Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with over 7000 courses now found in more than 30 countries! Disc golf is played with similar rules to traditional golf, except instead of hitting a ball into a hole, players throw special golf discs from a tee area into an elevated target basket. It’s a healthy lifetime sport, perfectly suited for people of all ages and abilities and is enjoyed both individually in competition and played casually with family and friends. Disc golf is a passive sport which provides low impact, aerobic exercise – all whilst connecting people with nature. As a sport suitable for all generations and socio-economic backgrounds, disc golf helps diversify the recreational opportunities available for local communities. It takes only one hour to learn, but a lifetime to master!
Disc golf courses are permanent, self-sustaining facilities that can be installed just about anywhere from public parks and reserves to camps, schools, resorts and golf courses. Participants bring their own discs or hire them locally and play together with family, friends or individually at a time that suits them.
Key insights on how a disc golf can benefit communities:
• An ideal way to help build communities through participation
• Engage the community in a healthy, outdoor activity
• Activate underutilised space with a safe, self-directed activity
• Diversify recreational opportunities with a unique sport
• Foster the growth of local disc golf clubs with a lifetime sport
• Increase participation rates with a facility that safely supports dozens of participants
• Connect people with nature through a sport that is inexpensive to play
A disc golf course can be installed just about anywhere and requires as little as 3-5 hectares. Disc golf utilises space and activates an area, but doesn’t need to be exclusively for the sport. Instead, a course can integrate with other park users and existing passive activities in the area, helping to connect the park facilities and encourage visitors to explore the area. Most courses are usually made up of 9 or 18 holes. These can range from short courses in local parks with an average length of about 60 metres, right through to longer courses with holes lengths over 200 metres.