Disc Golf = Life Sport

Disc Golf is now more popular than even with no signs of it slowing down.
The PDGA has done such a great job of providing an outlet for the competitive adult disc golfer. The collegiate championships will certainly grow the sport at the college level, but not much has been done nationally to create more play among kids under 16.

A few years back myself and other members of our club here in ST Louis, wanted to run more events geared for kids, but the board at the time wasn’t quite sure if bringing kids out to our events was a good idea. Disc golf has been long known for its counter culture side and ” extra curricular activities” that have become the norm. We actually had a vote about trying to attract kids under 16 to play at our events. At the time, the consensus was that our members didn’t want to give up their behavior in favor of more kids playing at our events. There was an effort made to run JR only events, but unfortunately after a few low turnouts the direction was abandoned.

Over the last 10 years there has been a 30% drop in JR play in Ball golf, but more recently the number of kids playing golf has risen and is now on a huge increase as high school and jr golf is more popular than ever,, especially amongst girls.
The PGA has several programs including First TEE and the Drive, Chip and putt competition ( based on the NFL’s punt, pass and kick) and these programs are churning out the young golfers of the future.

Yes we ( disc golf) does have the E.D.G.E. program, but after a closer look this program appears to be more of a marketing program for one particular company. Ive tried on several occasions to donate 500 discs to the program, but my efforts were not welcome.

I feel its time for the pdga or maybe a new group of promoters to spend the time energy and money that is necessary to establish JR disc golf as part of the sport.

I’m writing this blog to start the discussion as whether or not the current organized entities in the sport are ready to do whats necessary to allow kids to play WITH us or is a separate JR disc golf the only way this will work?

Please repost this article on your local club message board or share with your friends on Facebook and twitter and go to our website and vote on what you think is the best direction to head today.


Deer Creek Classic Results

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Gateway ships19 Titan Pro-24 Baskets to new course in Evansville Indiana


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19 Titan Pro-24 disc golf baskets fit snuggly into a pick-up truck for their final journey to a new course in Evansville, Indiana.

2013 OMO Wrap Up

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Deer Creek Disc Golf Event April 21st!!

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Gateway May C – Tiers

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An article on the health benefits of playing disc golf. ( by Lily McCann)

Discussing Health: A Fun Way to Stay Fit

Disc golf is going from strength to strength, not only here in the United States, but across the world. Disc golf courses have been opened in countries like France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Iceland, Peru, Mexico, and many more across the planet. While the U.S. still leads the pack when it comes to the amount of courses it has, there is no denying its growing international popularity. This year’s Disc Golf European Open is expected to attract record numbers of players at spectators from both North America and Europe. It is a fun sport that provides a surprisingly high level workout when played, something that is often overlooked by people who take part in the sport on a purely recreational basis. For those of you that are unaware of the health benefits that disc golf can offer, read on to find out more.

Navigating the Course

In a similar way to golf, disc golf is a sport that is played over a large area of terrain. Often the terrain of courses can be hilly, or perhaps they are located in wooded areas. Walking around from hole to hole takes time, and also burns lots of calories. Walking up and down hills, negotiating obstacles in the woods, and looking around to find your disc is great exercise. Every disc golf course is different, with some being larger than others, so the more challenging the course the longer you expect to walk. At a large course you could end up walking somewhere in the region of 3 to 4 miles throughout the entire 18 holes. Just walking around the course provides a great workout in itself, but when combined with the effort required to throw the disc the workout gets even better.

Throwing the Disc

While you may think that not that much exertion goes into throwing a lightweight disc into the air, think again. Ok, so it is not like you are throwing a shot-put, but provides a good workout just by itself. To put it into a little bit of context, it has been measured that someone who weighs 200 pounds will burn somewhere in the region of 550 calories just by throwing a disc around while playing disc golf for 2 hours.

When you put together the walking around and the throwing the disc involved in playing a round of disc golf, it is very likely that you will burn over 900 calories in the process. When the recommended number of calories in 2500 for men and 2000 for women, a simple subtraction reveals that you could burn off a nice chunk of your calorie intake just by playing disc golf for a couple of hours.

A Cheap Way to Keep Fit

Along with all the health benefits that playing disc golf provides, there is also the added bonus of it being a very inexpensive sport. The only specialised piece of equipment you really need to play it is a golf disc, and these can be bought for as little as $10. When visiting a course you may have to pay somewhere between $5 and $10 for 18 holes, and more often than not a free rental disc will be provided. You don’t need any other special clothing, equipment, or training to start playing, just simply find your nearest course and get started.

Improving and Expanding Facilities

As the popularity of disc golf grows, so does the need for more courses around the country. As you can see the health benefits it provides are impressive, and the inexpensive and accessible nature of the sport means it really is suitable for everyone. There is no denying the increasing obesity problem that America is dealing with, and the factors are not just down to too much salt and fat in our diets. Regular exercise is just as important and a balanced healthy diet, and disc golf provides an excellent way for people of any age to stay fit and spend time outdoors. Disc golf courses have the potential to provide years of sustainable recreation with just a little maintenance needed, at a very low cost. What’s more, disc golf courses have very little impact on the nature that surrounds them. Improving, expanding, and installing new disc golf courses in parks and recreational areas across America can only be a good thing.

Indoor Putting was a blast!

On Saturday we rented an indoor soccer arena and held an indoor putting tournament.

We sat up 4 stations for live play and 3 stations for practicing. Each station had 4 distances.
20′ = 1 pt
30′ = 3 pt
40′ = 6 pt
50′ = 10 pt.

The qualifying rounds were from 11:00- 3:00. players were required to throw 5 shots from each distance twice for a total of 40 throws over the 2 rounds ( 20 putts each rd). The total score gave each player their seeding for the bracket play. During bracket play the player with the better seed started the match by putting once and the higher seed then threw twice with players trading off 2 throws each time until the better seed had the last single throw of twenty, the higher score advanced. The interesting part was that during the bracket play, players could decide which distance ( and point value) to throw each shot from. I really liked this format as I watched players form different styles of strategy for either getting ahead or catching up. The distances and point values seemed perfect.

Justin Bunnell was the winner in the open and Josh Henson won am,, I’m hoping to run another very soon as well as use the area for other disc sports, like ultimate, guts, double disc court, accuracy and possible even a game called goaltimate ( or at least a version of that game).

Match Play Madness Switched to Indoor Putting Championships Mar. 30th!!!

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Eraser Wizards

So we have been running a few different colors of eraser to add some variety.

Today We ran some of the original color but made these firmer then all of the other runs.
I’d say these are in between soft and medium ( just within the allowable flex for the pdga at 25 lbs before flexing in 1/2 of Half. ER-WIX

Along with Eraser Wizards we made Voodoos and Warlocks. Get em before they’re gone!!!!