Disc golf an inexpensive way to relax outside

by Chris Pocock


Two of our country’s greatest pastimes — golfing and Frisbee — are entertaining, but have their downsides. Combine the two, however, and it creates the best of both worlds — minus the stylish golfing pants.

Within the last few years, Frisbee golfing has solidified itself as San Diego’s latest athletic frenzy. The game is very similar to golf: Participants play on a large grassy course with a number of obstacles including trees, large hills and out-of-bounds areas. Frisbees of different colors and sizes are thrown from hole to hole, though the “holes” on the course are more similar to cage-like contraptions than anything seen on a PGA tour.

The Frisbees aren’t the average plastic discs people throw on the beach. These Frisbees are hard plastic with varying shapes made for specific purposes, similar to golf clubs. Putter Frisbees are used when one stands close to the hole, while wider Frisbees are better for starting out the first “stroke.”

Most Frisbee golfing courses place holes anywhere between 100 and 1,000 yards away from each other. Morley Field Disc Golf Course, San Diego’s largest and most popular Frisbee golfing course, features 19 holes and an expansive green — though many of the holes cross over each other. Tickets are inexpensive, costing $3 on the weekdays and $4 on weekends and holidays. Disc rentals are $1.50, though participants are welcome to bring their own discs. Tournaments are also held at Morley Field and cost between $5 and $15. The holes change every Monday, so novices and Frisbee aficionados both start on a level playing field.

For less than $6, one can have a solid afternoon’s worth of fun — just remember to shout, “Fore!