If you and your family are tired of being inside but running out of fun outdoor activities, try disc golf. This sport is similar to regular golf, but since you’re trying to shoot a flying disc into a basket, it’s a little more dynamic and family-friendly. People of all ages can enjoy this interactive, easy-to-learn sport. If you’ve never played, here are the basics of the game to get you started.
How to Play Disc Golf
Disk golf consists of a disk and a chain basket. Each player needs at least one disc, which is available in different weights ranging from driving, medium-range, and putter discs.
If you want your own chain basket, you can rent or purchase them from various outdoor stores. However, you can also visit rec centers and particular campgrounds where the baskets are already set up.
Rules & Throwing Order
Just like regular golf, the objective of the game is to get the lowest number of throws. There are 18 or 19 baskets and a tee pad where you stand for each new basket as you progress through the game. After your first throw from the tee, you’ll start wherever your disc landed previously.
According to the rules, you can’t move your disc or any obstacles that may block your stroke from the basket. On the second tee pad, whoever took the fewest attempts to reach the first basket will throw first.
How to Throw & Score
When throwing, you can use a backhand toss, like a frisbee, or a forehand flick. For the latter, place your index finger along the inside rim of the disc with your thumb on the top. Throw the disc with a flick of the index finger. You can also run up on a throw to give yourself extra momentum to make a long-distance stroke.
Keeping score is also very similar to golf with terminology such as par, birdie, and bogey. Par is the standard measurement of how many shots you’re expected to need. If par is four and you make the basket in four throws, you’ve achieved par for that round.
If you made the basket in one less throw than par, it’s a birdie. If it took you a couple of extra throws above par to make the basket, then you’re saddled with a double bogey. You can get the hang of the system, or you can throw the point system to the wind and simply enjoy the outdoor activity with your friends and family.
If disc golf and camping sound like the perfect family vacation, go to Bigfoot Adventure TN in Tracy City. This 500-acre property is the ideal combination of natural scenery and organized outdoor activities. They have a nine-hole disc golf course with friendly instructors so you can show off your competitive side while creating lasting memories with your family. To learn more about disc golf, go to their website. Call (931) 488-8652 to book a fun-filled night or weekend.