It is fun, it is growing more popular every day, it is National Disc Golf Day on August 5 this year! Celebrated on the first Saturday of August each year, this day honors the sport of disc golf. Like golf, but not entirely, this sport uses the same general rules and etiquette but requires a disc to play. Turns out, even the world recognizes the fun in this game; not only has its fame grown by leaps and bounds in India, but it is also the fastest-growing sport in the world!
History of National Disc Golf Day
No one knows when or who invented this sport — or even who first played it. Varying accounts over the years show people have played golf with a flying disc, but they are separated by years. By all accounts, each of these stories have been isolated incidents.
Allegedly, a group of children in the early 19th century threw tin lids at circular ‘targets’ drawn in the sand on the playground at Bladworth Elementary School in Saskatchewan, Canada. People believe this to be a precursor to the current sport. While this sport — the modern version — came back to Canada in the late 19th century, people across the U.S. had coincidentally been playing this game for a while, too, since the 1960s, or so the stories say, becoming a formal sport a decade later.
Why we love National Disc Golf Day 2023
- It is great for a budget
This sport is inexpensive to play. The only equipment needed to play it — the disc — costs an average of $10 to $15 and lasts a good long time. Finally, the courses themselves are open to the public — they have no membership fees or tee times blocking us from playing.
- A unique, flexible sport
This fast-growing game takes a simple frisbee-like disc and turns it into a special game. In times of unprecedented demand for safe, inexpensive outdoor games, this sport is a special find.
- It brings joy and health, too
This game keeps growing across the U.S. because more and more people are becoming disc golfers. People need a quick activity that brings them joy, and with this sport, players can even test their physical dexterity and mental strength. This game provides disc golfers with a low-impact, cardiovascular workout, and brings different kinds of people together.
How to Celebrate National Disc Golf Day 2023
- Play disc golf, of course!
If you have never tried this sport out, this is your chance to learn. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, each state in the U.S. has a disc golf course. So getting onto one should be a piece of cake. You can invite some friends along and make it a group event. For more help locating a course near you, the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource.
- Teach someone else about this sport
If you are an old hand at this, maybe you can train someone else in this sport. You can’t play? No problem, you can still spread your knowledge. Take what this article gives you and use it in your dinnertime conversation with family and friends. Regale them with tales of this amazing sport, and maybe together, you can plan to learn it too.
- Watch a disc golf tournament
Online or virtual, near or far, there are usually special tournaments happening around this day, and throughout the year. The PGDA itself partners with local clubs and establishments to spread awareness about this sport. Look out for their yearly tournament whose details are on their website.
National Disc Golf Day FAQs
What are the names of the three discs you use in disc golf?
The discs used in disc golf usually fall into three categories — drivers, mid-range discs, and putters.
What is the golden rule in disc golf?
The Golden Rule in disc golf is that players have to treat other players like they want to be treated — with respect for the course, their property, and the game.