Disc Golf: An Oddly Popular Sport in Central Texas

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By Daniel Richter 
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We have all tossed around a Frisbee in our day. Some of us have even taken it to the next level and have played Ultimate Frisbee. But if you are lazy like me and don’t have the energy to run around for over half an hour, then Disc Golf might be the perfect sport for you. And lucky for us, Central Texas is the ideal place to be for this casual and exciting sport.

Disc Golf is extremely similar to regular golf. There are 9-hole and 18-hole courses of various lengths. You start at the tee and your goal is to get a par or better yet below par. But rather than hitting a ball using various kinds of clubs and trying to get your ball in a hole, you are throwing a variety of discs and trying to land one into a metal cage. 

For your first throw, you will use a driver disc designed to travel further than most. Once you are close enough to the hole you will use a putter disc which is designed to fly straight making it easier to fly into the cage. They also have tons of styles of mid-range discs for everywhere in between.

Texas has more disc golf courses than any other state in the US. The city of Austin is arguably the epicenter of Disc Golf in Texas with over 15 recorded courses as well as several Disc Golf Clubs and yearly tournaments. 

One of the reasons why disc golf is so popular in the Austin area is because it matches Austin’s laid back, chill attitude. It also gets people moving around outdoors which Austinites love to do.

San Marcos has two very well respected courses as well. One is The Flying Armadillo located on Hilliard road and the other is one that is conveniently located on Texas State Campus near the Rec Center. The Texas State Course is  21-holes in length and is available at any time you want with no fees. Just bring your discs and play as you please. 

The Flying Armadillo has a small entry free but they have an 18-hole full length course as well as an 18-hole putt-putt disc golf course that is full of elaborate metal sculptures and obstacle. One hole requires you to get your disc into a lighthouse high off the ground and another makes you toss your disc into a miniature Alamo building. They are also BYOB friendly at the Flying Armadillo which can always add to the fun.

Used discs will cost you next to nothing so you have no excuse to not join in on all of the fun that the rest of Central Texas is having when it comes to this chill sport that gets you off of the couch and on to your feet. Get out there and let those discs fly!

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