Why You Should Give Disc Golfing a Spin
Looking for a fun, low-cost way to get the whole family outside together?
Disc golf could be just what you’re looking for, especially in Michigan.
By sheer number, the state is near the top of the list when it comes to disc golf courses, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. Many courses are located in public parks, which means the sport can be played for free after you’ve made the initial investment of one or two discs to play with.
How does it work?
Basically, disc golf is played like a traditional game of golf, except with flying discs you aim at targets (or chain link baskets) instead of holes. The person with the fewest throws at the end of a round wins.
There’s a lot of walking, but participants can go at their own pace. To make it fun and competitive for kids, have them start closer to the target. Older adults will find that disc golf is a low-intensity way to stay fit and active.
The sport developed in the 1960s and ‘70s and has seen rapid growth in recent decades.
If you want to get started, here are 10 great courses to check out in Michigan:
- Deerfield Nature Park in Mt. Pleasant
- Hickory Hills in Traverse City
- Hudson Hills Metropark in Ann Arbor
- Knollwood Park in Kalamazoo
- Lakeshore Disc Golf in Spring Lake
- Lumberjack Meadows Disc Golf Course in Alpena
- Riverside Park in Grand Rapids
- Bonnie Brook Disc Golf Course in Detroit
- Powder Mill Disc Golf in Marquette
- Grand Woods Park in Lansing
Find a course near you using the PDGA’s course directory, or let others know about your favorite Michigan disc golf courses by leaving a comment below.
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