The Disc Golf Course. A disc golf course is made up of 9 to 18 holes, just like regular courses. Players try to reach the target, starting from the origin. The origin is usually a line, a mat or even a concrete pad. Throwers are determined from the results of the previous hole. The distance of each hole changes, but it's usually between 100 and 200 feet. Then, after the first throw, the disk golfer who is furthest from the target throws first. Then you just throw from wherever your ball lands. The targets are usually round metal baskets that are raised up with a pole that comes out of the ground.
When Your Disc Lands Out. Each hole has a boundary that depends on the unique landscape. If your disc lands outside this area then you are out of bounds. You usually lose a turn when your disc goes out of bounds.
Landing on the Ground. You're supposed to continue playing form the spot where your golf disc lands. In some cases, your disc might land in a tree, or in the water. This is cause for a penalty. In this case, you continue to play from the spot directly underneath your out-of-reach disc.
Different Discs. Disc golfers get into tons of different situations, and each one requires a varied approach. You'll encounter strange bends, really lond "drives" and awkward rolls. Just like golfers have several clubs, disc golf players can choose from various sized and shaped discs, each with their own properties.
To close, there are a few disc golf terms that you're going to want to be familiar with.
- Putt. Similar to the golf term, this is when you are within a makeable distance from the target basket. It usually signifies the final throw of the hole.
- Ace. More common than in traditional golf, an ace is just like a hole-in-one. This is achieved when the thrower sinks his golf frisbee in the target on his first throw. This is actually easier in frisbee golf than it is in normal golf.
- Circle. The circle designates an area that is roughly 30 feet in diameter around the pole. Within this putting area the disc golfer must play under specific rules. Most importantly, the frisbee disc has to come to a complete rest in the bucket hole before any part of your body touches the line that marks the bucket target. Penalty strokes are appended when this doesn't happen.