Disc golf is an innovation from the traditional golf game. Some people also call it frisbee golf. Disc golf has its own set of rules that have been slightly modified to fit a game played with discs or frisbees.
Disc golf as a sport has been gaining popularity lately. Many cities in the United States in fact provide public disc golf courses where one can play the game for free.
If you are new to the game of disc golf, your basic concern would be to familiarize yourself with its rules. But if you know the rules of the traditional golf game, familiarizing yourself with the rules of disc golf will be easy. There is nothing complicated about disc golf. You can easily appreciate its concept and objectives even if you have not played the game of golf yourself. Knowing the basic rules of disc golf is enough for you to get started and start playing your initial rounds of disc golf.
As in traditional golf, disc golf makes use of a golf course with eighteen holes and tee boxes. Each hole has a basket specifically designed to catch a disc, and the ultimate objective is to shoot your disc to that basket in the least number of strokes, or throws, possible. Disc golf courses consist mostly of par three holes. And similar to traditional golf, players can score bogies, birdies, or aces. Players have choices of what discs they want to use. They may use only one disc. Or they may use several discs designed specifically for putts, mid-range shots, and drives. You may devise your own technique of throwing different shots in the same manner that other players may devise theirs. Most players find it practical to throw a drive from a run up start, and tee boxes have enough space for this.
There are unwritten rules of disc golf. For example, players are expected not to litter the course with trash. Nothing in the golf course may be vandalized or destroyed. Course etiquette, manners and courtesy apply in disc golf courses as they apply in traditional golf.
Other rules that apply to disc golf are the following:
1) Throw your disc only if you are sure the hole is clear of people or other players.
2) The player with the lowest score on the last hole earns the first crack at the first throw for the next hole.
3) You may allow other groups to play ahead of your group if your pace is slow and you want to maintain your pace.
4) The disc position of every shot after the tee shot is right behind the spot where your disc landed. Mark your spot, take a stance, and throw your disc from this spot.
5) Start your round with the hole designated as hole number one and finish the game following the specific order of holes as designated.