Have you ever played disc golf? If you’ve never heard of it before, just picture a cross between frisbee and golf.
Flying discs and lots of walking.
Disc golf is one of our favorite family activities. We were able to get out and play this weekend. The exercise and outdoors was just what we all needed.
Plus, it doesn’t cost anything to play and that’s always a win.
Free, Fun, Family Fitness
My husband and I have been playing together since we were more-than-friends-but-not-really in college, and once we had children, they naturally joined our games. First with baby carriers and strollers. Now, walking along the course, discs in hand, learning to throw and clap when the discs hit the baskets’ chains.
I am NOT the fitness type. About a year ago I tried the whole exercise thing in the morning. Three days and about thirty sit-ups later, I threw in the towel and decided I’d rather start my day with cookies.
Sad, but true.
I do, however, love being active in other ways. Invite me to play any team sport and I’m in. Hiking, rock climbing, chasing kids around the yard– you bet.
Walking through the woods at a leisurely pace, throwing frisbees, with the people I love the most? Sign me up.
Not much is more adorable than a toddler trying to throw a frisbee. IMHO.
If you have an interest in playing, I have ten easy tips for you to get started.
- The discs used are not your average frisbee. They are smaller, heavier, and less likely to break when colliding with a tree. You can play with a regular frisbee, but it’s more fun with the right discs.
- Find used discs online or at stores like Play It Again Sports. You really only need one or two per person to get started.
- Buy brightly colored discs– they are easier to spot in the woods.
- Keep the discs in your car so you’ll have them on hand when you need them. A game doesn’t have to take long and can be played when you have a little free time on your hands.
- Set a pace that works for everyone. You can play five holes or ten or all eighteen. Work up to more as your kids get used to walking longer distances.
- Along those lines, keep your expectations low at first for how well you play. Especially if you’re with young kids.
- Write your initials and your phone number on the back of the discs in case one is lost.
- Find courses near you through the Professional Disc Golf Association.
- Pack a snack and don’t forget your water bottles.
- In the heat of the summer, courses with a lot of shade are wonderful. (We once played a course that was almost entirely full sun. NEVER AGAIN).