Disc Golf is Expanding in Popularity. Is Your Park Prepared?

Does your park department have a golf course?  It’s a sport with origins that can be traced back to the early 1400’s, specifically to Scotland and the small Kingdom of Fife.  The legend tells us that by the middle of the 15th Century, golf was so popular in Scotland that the king had to outlaw the sport to get the men of Scotland ready for battle with England.

More recently a new variation of golfing has become very popular.  In the early 1970’s “disc golf” was created by “Steady” Ed Headrick, who patented the original “disc golf hole” to use as a target for the ubiquitous Frisbee.  The first competitive disc golf events were held in 1974 and 1975.  And the rest is history (http://www.discgolf.com/how-to-play-disc-golf/disc-golf-history/ ).

Disc golf is played in much the same fashion as traditional “ball golf”.  Disc golf course design and competition has been formalized by the PDGA – the Professional Disc Golf Association (www.pdga.com).   Both sports have tees, holes, fairways, pars and putts.  The PDGA currently boasts a membership of well over 100,000 players of all ages.

One thing disc golf doesn’t have – or at least doesn’t need – is an expensive, well-manicured course covering possibly hundreds of acres.  This is a big advantage to cities and park departments interested in adding new outdoor recreational facilities with limited space or small budgets.  A 9-hole disc golf course may require as little as 5 acres.  A championship 18-hole course may require 30-40 acres according to the PDGA (http://www.pdga.com/introduction ) .  But both can co-exist with existing park facilities and activities and be integrated into those acres.

As with ball golf, disc golf courses often include benches at the tees so some players can sit while others tee off.   The bench is likely the most popular site amenity on any course.  Our Pilot Rock Model CXB park bench is a simple and economical bench with frame designs for surface mount or buried post installation.  A 4 ft. long bench will comfortably seat two adults.  With a galvanized steel frame and recycled plastic lumber, you have a bench with almost no maintenance worries. That helps keep your disc golf course operating expenses down.  Click here to learn more:  http://www.pilotrock.com/aspx/Shop/SeriesGroup.aspx?productid=1&parentseriesid=49.

Disc Golf 1Where ever people gather outside, it is also a good idea to include trash receptacles and smoking waste receptacles.  Pet waste bag dispensers should be considered, too, but these can easily be added at a later time.  Adequate receptacles will keep your course maintenance costs even lower by keeping the various kinds of trash contained.   And if you equip these site elements with durable materials like 100% recycled plastic, then you will have even fewer maintenance and replacement costs.  By using the same color of recycled plastic on the benches and receptacles you create continuity to the course.

Our TRH-32 trash receptacle can be used to house inexpensive metal or plastic liners.  Top off the trash receptacle with steel or plastic lids to collect trash or recyclables. Click here to learn more:  http://www.pilotrock.com/aspx/Shop/Series.aspx?seriesid=425.  If the disc golf course is integrated into an existing park, then the two operations can often share some of these trash receptacles.

We don’t design disc golf courses. But we have designed and manufactured outdoor park and golf course site amenities since 1959.  You can find benches, trash receptacles, smoking ash receptacles and pet waste collection stations on our web site at www.pilotrock.com.

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