Though early on courses were open areas or cut out woods, new courses have unique topography and are being laid out to make some of the most challenging and strategic courses around. The new courses being constructed at Pioneer Trail Park in Delta County meet these criteria. Rolling woodland topography, amateur and professional lengthened holes, scenic views, and specialty holes like the river island.
The early history of disc golf is closely tied to the history of the recreational flying disc (Frisbee). Modern disc golf (Frisbee golf) started in the early 1960’s. Trees were used as targets or Frisbees were tossed into 50-gallon trash barrels. “Steady Ed” Headrick is now regarded as the “Father of Disc Golf” and designed and installed the first standardized target course in California. Headrick coined and trademarked the term “Disc Golf” when formalizing the sport and patented the Disc Pole Hole, the first disc golf target to incorporate chains and a basket. In 1975, Headrick formed the first disc golf association, the PDGA, which now officiates the standard rules of play for the sport.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, disc golf is a flying disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, “The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc”. The number of disc golf courses has more than doubled in 8 years. The game is played in about 40 countries around the world.
Drives start from a designated tee pad (usually made of concrete). Players must release the disc while inside this pad. The last throw is considered a putt if the lie is marked within a 33 feet radius of the basket. The golf discs used today are much smaller and heavier than traditional flying discs, typically 8 or 9 inches. Discs used for disc golf are designed and shaped for control, speed, and accuracy. There is a wide variety of discs used in disc golf and they are generally divided into three categories: putters, all purpose mid-range discs, and drivers. While there are many different grips and styles to throwing the disc, there are basically two throwing techniques: backhand and forehand. While the roots of the game are very casual and laid back, the newer generations of players are taking course design as well as the other elements of the game to new levels