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Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors with this fun outdoor sport during your next Colorado vacation.
Disc golf, also known as frolf or folf (as in Frisbee golf), is a 30-year old sport that could threaten bongo playing as the environmentalist’s outdoor activity of choice.
Having first been exposed to the exciting golf/flying disc mash-up in an issue of Sports Illustrated as a ninth grader, 43-year-old Earle McCarthy designed the 18-hole, par-55 Mont Avalanche disc golf course, and is the official disc golf expert for the St-Adolphe-d’Howard ski resort. There’s a rule in disc golf that prevents one from damaging the course (golfers are known for removing massive chunks of the grass when shooting, called divots), and the Mont Avalanche course is no different in its efforts to preserve the mountain.
“Disc golfers realize it’s a privilege to play the sport, so we try to pack out more than we pack in,” the scratch frolfer says. “I’m not saying we’re totally environmentally-friendly, because just the act of walking on grass disturbs the environment.”
Official Disc Golf Rules & Regulations
- BE EARTH CONSCIOUS — DON’T LITTER!
- Disc golf is played like ball golf, using flying discs. One stroke is counted each time the disc is thrown, and when a penalty is incurred. The winner is the golfer with the lowest score.
- Tee throws must be completed within the designated tee areas.
- After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the fewest strokes on the previous hole is first to tee off.
- Fairway throws must be made with the foot closest to the hole on the spot where the last throw came to rest. The other foot may be no closer to the hole that the foot on this lie.
- A run-up and normal follow-through, after the release, are allowed more than 10 meters from the hole. Inside 10 meters, a player may not step past his/her lie. “Falling” or “jumping” putts are not allowed inside 10 meters.
- A disc that comes to rest inside the Disc Pole Hole® basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole. A disc that comes to rest on top of the pole does NOT constitute a successful putt.
- A disc that comes to rest more than 2 meters above the ground is considered unplayable. The disc must be thrown from the ground directly below the disc. 1 stroke penalty.
- A throw that lands out-of-bounds must be played from the point where the disc went out-of-bounds. 1 stoke penalty is incurred. Water, roads, pavilions and walkways are normal disc golf out-of-bounds hazards.
- Never throw until the players ahead of you are out of range, and until the fairway is completely clear of spectators and park guests.
- Enjoy the game of disc golf! It’s fun… it’s fast… it’s the sport of the future!
About Disc Golf
Disc golf borrows more from golf than Ultimate-Frisbee-style games, but loses the pretentiousness and rigid traditions. Starting from the tee-box, players must hurl the discs towards a metal basket in as few shots as possible.
There are different discs for each type of shot: putters closely resemble common Frisbees, whereas drivers have thinner throats, meaning they’ll fly further, hopefully straighter and will ricochet more easily off of obstacles. For experts, there are a myriad of trick discs that curve and slice impressively, but for beginners, a three-disc bag consisting of a driver, a mid-range driver and a putter will suffice.
Local Disc Golf
Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado offers a great disc golf course for just $5 per person! The course is generally open to the public – however is closed to the public from mid-May through mid-August when camp is underway. For more information please contact the Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village , 2644 Alvarado Road, Empire, CO (303) 569-2333 or visit the Disc Course Review for details!
Just outside of Idaho Springs you will also find the Ghost Town Course taking you through an authentic ghost town with ruins and interesting mining topography. $5 for one round or $7 for two, reservations required (303) 582-3083.