Disc Golf In Utah
What Is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is a sport that has been around for a long time, but has recently begun to attract the attention of a much larger audience. Disc golf is played in much the same way as regular golf. However, in place of golf balls and clubs, frisbees are used and the final target is an elevated basket with chains. Disc golf is a great activity for anyone of any age, gender, or status. It is a great way to enjoy a little healthy competition and exercise.
More than 8 million Americans have participated in disc golf, and there are more than half a million consistent players of the sport in the U.S alone! Whether you are looking for something to pass the time on a calm Sunday afternoon, or a great new way to enjoy a challenging competition with your friends, Disc Golf is the sport for you!
What Do I Need?
Unlike normal golf, disc golf requires very little equipment and courses are most often placed in areas with free admission. That includes places like community parks and other public areas. If you are just starting out we recommend that you begin with one mid range disc. These can be purchased for as little as 10$ at most sporting goods stores or online. Mid range discs are great for everything from driving to putting. They will also help you master the right throwing form to better your game.
After you have mastered the basics, you can begin to move into using other specialized discs. Similar to normal golf there are specific discs for driving long distances, and discs for putting closer to the basket. Brands like Innova discs provide beginner packages that include all three discs for a very reasonable price.
How Do I Play?
Once you have a disc, you can look for courses near you on a variety of free apps and websites. At the course, look for the course map to help you navigate the course in the proper order. Throw your frisbee from the first tee in the direction of the first basket in much the same way you would throw a normal frisbee to somebody else. Wherever the frisbee lands is where you must stand for your next throw. The hole is completed when your frisbee lands inside the basket. The winner of the round is determined by the player with the fewest number of throws at the end of the game.
If you are looking for more helpful tips and tricks check out some of the tutorials provided by the PDGA.There are thousands of disc golf courses around the country. That means there are plenty of opportunities to practice. When you have mastered the basics, come try one of the amazing disc golf courses in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Big Cottonwood Canyon Disc Golf
Big Cottonwood Canyon features two of the most unique disc golf courses in Utah. They are strategically located inside the two ski resorts in the canyon. This allows players to play down the side of the beautiful Wasatch mountains. It is a unique experience that will make you fall in love with this incredible sport.
Disc Golf Courses in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Brighton Ski Resort Disc Golf Course
The Brighton Ski Resort features a 9 hole disc golf course that is completely free to play! To get there, you will hike up the Lake Mary Trail until you reach the Alpine Rose Cafeteria. From there, look for the first tee marker just under the majestic lift line. This course provides exciting obstacles and an opportunity to send your discs flying down the mountain. Be cautious as you throw down the mountain as your discs will most likely fly much further than you are accustomed to. It’s important to be considerate of other players and be careful not to lose your discs in the brush.
The ski lifts do not run at the Brighton Ski Resort during the summer. For that reason, a fair amount of hiking is required to play this course. Be sure to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. Also be sure to use the restroom before beginning your adventure, because it is not permitted outdoors in the canyon for watershed restrictions.
Solitude Mountain Resort Disc Golf Course
The Solitude Mountain Resort features an 18 hole disc golf course that takes you through some of the most incredible scenery you can imagine. Here you will throw from towering ledges and dense forests in order to complete this one of a kind disc golf course. To begin, there are two options. You can pay a small fee to ride the ski lift to the top of the course (the ski lifts at the Solitude Mountain Resort run all year round). Or you can hike up some of the great trails available to reach the top of the mountain. Once you arrive at the top of the course you will be able to play back down the mountain. It is very similar to the setup of the course at Brighton.
Plan a little more time if you plan to complete a full game. Most smaller groups take about two and a half hours to complete all 18 holes. The same regulations apply at Solitude as Brighton, so be prepared, and be considerate of others. That way everyone can have an extraordinary experience. Course guides and scorecards for this course can be found on the Solitude Mountain website.