If you are near the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, you may hear an occasional racket much like a flag pole chain in the wind. However, it’s not a flag pole – it’s the triumphant “clang” when a player’s disc hits the target.
Disc golf is a sport that is rapidly growing in the United States. As a cousin to traditional golf, the course is generally 9 or 18 holes with similar rules, but without the clubs, balls, caddies, and golf carts. You begin at a T-box, which is usually concrete or a rubber mat, and play through the course of chain enclosed baskets that serve as “holes.” The disc is thrown with the hand using a variety of grips or throwing styles for different shots.
Disc golf evolved in the late 1960s with a bunch of headband wearing college guys throwing a Frisbee. With continued popularity it is a professional sport with tournaments and PDGA sanctioned events. One local club, Southern Idaho Chuckers, built a course at Rock Creek Park through donations, sponsorships and hard work. This club began about five years ago with four guys who are passionate about disc golf. They first used portable baskets at CSI for their disc golf course and currently meet two times a week to play. They sponsor tournaments and fundraisers to help local charities and are trying to attract more tournaments to Southern Idaho.
Mike Stradley of the Southern Idaho Chuckers said, “I can take my family and it’s free. All we need is a 10 dollar disc.”
Stradley grew up playing ball golf but prefers a tighter disc golf course. Some courses are open and grassy but others are utilizing underdeveloped ground with rocks, sagebrush, and water. Maintenance expenses on this type of course are much less than a grassy mowed and manicured course. “People tend to like the rough and tumble ground at parks,” Stradley said.
Through the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Department, Southern Idaho Chuckers is offering a Junior Disc Golf program. Anyone interested can sign up through Parks and Rec. For more information and membership regarding Southern Idaho Chuckers you can call Mike Stradley at 208-308-4997.
At this time there is no need to reserve a course at most areas, just show up and play. Courses follow the PDGA rules of etiquette and it is a great way to socialize, meet business contacts, exercise, and an amusing cheap date. One of the quickest ways to meet new people is to grab the wrong disc. Anyone can play disc golf. It’s fun and affordable making it the perfect sport for the entire family. There are several courses available such as CSI Eagle Creek, Rock Creek Park, O’Leary Junior High, Buhl’s Eastman Park, Lake Walcott State Park, Lava Hot Springs, and soon to be at Pomerelle Mountain Resort. Visit the PDGA’s Course Directory to find a course near you.