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Disc Golf is fastest-growing sport

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Also called Frisbee golf, the disc golf is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in America.

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This flying disc game is based on accuracy and precision where players must throw a flying disc to hit a target. The main objective of this game, according to the standards of the Professional Disc Golf Association, is to cross a course from the starting point to the end with lesser number of disc throws.

Disc golf courses have doubled from 2000 to 2008, and there are about 40 countries all over the world that play this game.

Infinite Discs conducted a survey January this year, which shows that almost half of the 1,421 disc golfers in America who answered the survey have been playing for not more than only two years. This means, most disc golfers are relatively new to the game. The exponential growth in attendance for this game is evident in its courses. This game is getting serious and more people are getting in to it. People can’t simply say that this game is a mash up of rules coming from different types of sports.

Disc Golf’s history is based on experimentation

The history of the sports can be traced back in 1964, when a toy company in California called Wham-O manufactured a flying plastic disc that weighs 119-gram. This flying plastic disc is called “Frisbee.” Under the cover of the disc reads “Experiment.” And the disc golfers did experiment.

Spoken Disc Gold Association treasurer Gordy Craft, who is also the owner of Gordy’s Sichuan Café, began playing “object” golf back in 1971 with his friends in Santa Cruz, California. They did what Wham-O told them and experimented with the game. They started throwing discs with wooden posts as targets.

Gordy said there were some distant friends who started a Frisbee golf tournament in Corolitas just east of Watsonville, California. But instead of throwing big discs, Gordy and his close friends noticed that the people in the tournament were throwing smaller discs while trying to hit wooden posts. It was later on in 1983 when Dave Dunipace created “the Eagle,” which is the first real discs designed for the sports.

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