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Disc golf has been around since the late 1960s. Its popularity has spread all over the world.
According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), there are 51 countries around the world with disc golf courses.
What’s great about disc golf? It doesn’t cost much, many of the disc golf courses are free, it’s a great way to exercise, and it lets you get outside and enjoy nature.
One of the best parts of disc golf is that friends and family can play together.
There are structured rules you can follow or you can make up your own.
Even if you don’t have a disc golf course around you, you can still enjoy the game by making your own object golf course.
So what’s a disc golf object course?
Differences Between Traditional and Object Frisbee Golf
Regular disc golf has ‘holes’ much like regular golf. At the end of each hole is a metal basket with chains.
The object is to get the disc into the basket with the least number of throws.
Similar to golf, most traditional disc golf courses have 18 holes. You can choose to do 9 or all 18. It normally takes 2 hours to play 18 holes.
Both types of disc golf use golf discs. Discs have different sizes and purposes, much like an array of golf clubs.
Disc golf discs are smaller than recreational Frisbees. They have a beveled edge and weigh more than regular a Frisbee.
The three main types of discs are putters, mid-range drivers, and distance drivers.
Some float so you don’t lose your disc in water, and others light up so you can play at night. There are hundreds of disc choices.
Object disc golf doesn’t use the traditional baskets with chains around it to trap the discs.
There are some object disc golf courses open to the public but the best part of object disc golf is that you can make your own course.
What is a Disc Golf Object Course?
If you have fallen in love with the game of disc golf but don’t have a course near you, you can still enjoy this sport by making an object course.
The first step is finding a disc golf store or ordering some disks online. The discs will range in prices, colors, and styles.
It’s recommended to start out with discs that are less expensive.
Discs do have a habit of disappearing when they take errant paths into forests, water hazards, or large patches of shrubbery.
The sad fact is, sometimes there is just no getting them back.
Once you have your discs, play around in your backyard or nearby park to hone your skills and get used to your discs.
When you feel you are ready, the next step will be to gather up some friends and design your object disc course.
As the name implies, you create a course using objects as the target instead of baskets.
Designing your object course
Forefathers of disc golf didn’t have baskets. Disc golfers would go to a local park and create a course using items found in the park.
You can make targets out of trees, poles, trash cans, and just about anything that is sturdy and doesn’t move.
The goal is to hit the objects with your disc in the fewest amount of throws.
The layout for the course should involve a tee-off spot and a reasonable distance to the object.
The distances should vary.
A short hole can be three long throws to reach the object. Comparing this to golf, this would be a par 3.
In a nice long, open space or field, you can set a longer distance that takes between 4 and 6 throws to reach.
The fun is mixing short, medium, and longer length holes to provide variety.
You can go with the traditional 9 or 18 holes or make up your own number.
Because there are no fixed rules when making an object course, if you are limited in space, you can make a smaller course where objects are only a throw or two away.
You can create a fixed course so you can practice consistently and gauge how your skills are progressing.
Or, you can change things up each time you play if you are a fan of variety.
A fun option if you have access to woods and forests is to design an object course using trees.
Always make sure you are not trespassing on private property and ask permission to make your course on someone else’s land.
Find a suitable route between sections of trees.
Use two pieces of colorful tape to mark a small section on the tree.
The goal is to hit the tree between the strips of tape.
Ways to play on your object course
You can simply use your object course to hone your skills between visits to a regular disc course, or you can be competitive with disc golf game variations.
- Matchplay. Compete against players for the lowest score on each hole. You can score two ways. One – the lowest overall score from all holes. Two – keeping track of who wins the most holes.
- Mulligan Matchplay. A mulligan is a ‘do over’. You can use the rules from matchplay but allow players to have one mulligan per hole or a certain number for the entire game. Typically, a player must throw the next disc in 30 seconds and without waiting for the next player’s shot.
- Doubles Best Shot. Play in pairs. After teeing off, use the best disc throw from each pair as the spot for the next throw. You can make rules that each player’s disc has to be used at least once per hole.
A disc golf object course is a great alternative for enjoying disc golf if you love to play disc golf but you don’t have access to a course or you don’t want to travel.
Create your own course using objects instead of nets.
Make your own rules, or follow disc golf rules.
Object golf is a great way to practice and develop your disc golf skills.
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