Disc Golf Rules and Guidelines
Disc golf has become a popular sport during the past twenty years. Its appeal transcends age and gender lines and also allows for fun and exciting competition among family, friends, and those with a competitive spirit.
The general rules of disc golf are very similar to regular golf, as is the scoring, but there are some important differences between the two.
First off, just as with regular golf, etiquette is extremely important. When you’re out on the disc golf course, you need to respect the game, those playing with you, and other disc golfers on the course. Maintain a respectful tone and level of voice; don’t yell or shout, except if you or someone in your group makes a great shot.
Starting on a tee, which is generally a concrete platform, the goal is to put your disc into the ‘hole’ a specific distance away in as few throws as possible. The ‘hole’ is a circular metal trap with chains designed to catch the disc. There are generally three types of discs that are used: the driver, mid-range, and putter discs.
During play, it is okay for a player to fall over his or her lie (the location where their previous shot (throw) landed, but within 33 feet of the hole, which is known as ‘The Circle,’ the player cannot step beyond their lie until after they have tossed the disc. The first time a player violates this rule, they are required to re-throw but are not assessed any shots. They receive a warning and if they violate this rule again, then they will be assessed a one-shot penalty and will be required to re-throw the shot, anyway.
Scoring for disc golf follows the same concept as regular golf. Each toss is a shot and each hole has a designated par score. For example, if a hole is listed as a Par 3, then it is expected to take 3 shots for the average disc golfer to put the disc in the hole. Below par scores are called birdies, eagles, and albatrosses, and above par are the bogies. The lowest score for a round is the winner.
With more than 3,000 disc golf courses, many of which are free to the public as they are built into public parks, there will be some local and regional rules that may not apply universally. Some of these rules may include hazards (in disc golf, water and other obstructions are considered out of bounds whereas in regular golf they are hazards) such as trees and buildings on which discs could land.
Read the local rules and regulations and have a great time!