Disc Golf Facts

April 11, 2013
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Fixtures and equipment – like the “green” pictured above – for a new disc golf course at Ash Creek Park cost the City of Azle $15,000.

The game of disc golf is a recreational sport played like traditional golf, but instead uses specially made flying discs instead of clubs and balls.

The early history of disc golf is closely tied to the history of the recreational flying disc and may have been invented in the early 1900s.

Modern disc golf seems to have originated in several places around the world in the 1960s.

“Steady Ed” Headrick is regarded as the “Father of Disc Golf” for developing and installing the first standardized target course in California.

Headrick later went on to produce early models of the discs now used today in professional tournaments and casual play alike.

Discs are typically eight or nine inches in diameter and come in a variety of types based on function: putter, mid-range, driver, and other more specialized models.

Scoring follows the tradition of golf with par being the neutral score, albatross being the best possible score at three under – equivalent to a golfing double-eagle – and triple bogey being the worst.

The Professional Disc Golf Association is the governing body for the sport. It is charged with handling membership, promoting the sport through tournament and course development and sets rule and competition standards.

The PDGA has an International Disc Golf Center in Columbia County, Georgia.

A clubhouse, attractions and the Ed Headrick Memorial Museum are housed there.

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