Whether playing competitively or just for fun, disc golf is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get to know our state a little better. There are over 78 disc golf courses scattered throughout the Gem State to enjoy which offer a wide variety of challenges and scenery, not to mention some competitive fun!
Disc golf is played with heavy Frisbees made out of plastic. There are three types of discs, namely drivers, mid-range, and putters. The goal is to put your disc into the target basket, or “hole” in the fewest number of throws. Like golf, most disc golf courses are set up with 9 or 18 holes. A new breed of courses for recreational play have also been developed which take up much less space than a traditional course, and use a combination of 3 holes and 3 tee pads to make a total of 9 playable holes.
Most courses can be found in local parks, but that doesn't mean the sport is for “small-frys.” The Professional Disc Golf Association hosts several tournaments in Idaho every year, and can have cash prizes of over $1,000 for the winner. That is on top of local tournaments which offer gift cards, disc bags, baskets, and small cash prizes for the top finishers.
Discs cost between $6 and $20, however, once you own a disc you can play on most courses for free. Tournaments and leagues may have additional fees, but are a great way to meet other players and improve your game. Local tournaments run between $20-50 per person, but usually come with a gift bag including a new disc or two, and an assortment of prizes for the winners.
Once you start playing on a regular basis, your local course can become second nature. Fortunately more courses can usually be found within a short drive, and you may discover a new corner of our state that you didn't know about before! Local leagues and groups are also an excellent resource when you are looking for a new course to play on.♦