Simple, right? And that is why there are more than 3,000 established disc golf courses in the United States (as of 2010) with the number of courses more than doubling in 8 years from 2000 to 2008. The game is taking the world by storm too, with more than 40 countries around the world with official courses.
The reason for its prolific nature is that disc golf is for everyone! Like regular golf (disc golfers call it ball and stick,) it’s really all about being outside and having fun regardless of age, sex, or skill level. Plus most disc courses (87 percent) are free.
While simple and something everyone can do, there is technique involved. One will have to buy a couple of discs and there are ones for different shots… just like in stick and ball golf. You will need a driver, fairway and putter discs. A beginner, however, would probably be happy with one mid-range disc. All of the different discs, which also have various brands, colors and styles, can be found right here in Ruidoso at Boarder Stop and Western Auto. There are also all kinds of extra goodies the disc golf world has to offer.
There is a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and a top pro disc golfer can make up to $100,000 a year. Some of our locals, while not necessarily aspiring for the PDGA, are trying their best with about ten players reaching the top ten in their division in the state competition in Sipapu.
The Ruidoso course can be found on the dry side of the Grindstone Dam with 18 baskets (holes) and 9 targets, plus alternate tee and pin positions for variety and even some beginner level tee boxes. The course placement is periodically changed to keep the players on their toes. And while wind is always a consideration, the trees here are the biggest obstacle and game changer! Incredible nearby courses can also be found in Roswell, Cloudcroft, Weed and El Paso.
Get out in the sunshine, with family, friends or by yourself and get some exercise. All you need to begin is a disc and the realization that this is just a fun and healthy game for everyone. And everyone is who you will encounter. Disc golfers are known for embracing all walks of life and are always ready to give a few pointers. So go Take a Hike!