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World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend
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Join us for our 20th Annual event!
The World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend is an opportunity to enjoy, discover, and participate in the growing sport of disc golf while helping to raise money for local and national non-profits. We want to reach out to people who have only heard about disc golf and are curious.
John and Dee Houck would like to invite you to our 20th Annual World's Biggest!
This event was created in Austin, Texas in 1991 by John Houck, a two-time World Champion in Freestyle Frisbee and the sport's #1 course designer (click here to view John's course design site). The WBDGW has grown to be an international event, with 18,000 players in 200 cities in nine countries at its peak. The very first event was held at Zilker Park – the first course Houck designed.
Houck is the president of the Disc Golf Foundation, lead course designer for the International Disc Golf Center, a member of the Disc Golf Hall of Fame, former commissioner of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and owner of Millennium Golf Discs. He is considered to be the sport's leading course designer, with close to 100 courses on his resume, including an unprecedented twelve courses for world and national competition.
Disc golf has been around almost as long as flying discs themselves. Back in the 1950's players would use trees, lampposts, and even garbage cans as "holes" for a game of golf. Things have changed a lot over the years, with the introduction of the chain basket in 1974 and the invention of patented discs made just for disc golf in 1983. Today there are more than 3,000 courses around the world, including over 180 in Texas. The Professional Disc Golf Association had 16,000 registered members in 2006. In 2008, almost 40,000 players had registered with the PDGA. Based on these numbers, it is safe to say that the love of disc sports is catching on and we suspect millions of people around the world have played disc golf.
Part of the amazing growth of disc golf stems from the annual World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend. The event grew from 368 people in Zilker Park to 18,000 players around the globe in the mid- '90's. Over the last 20 years, the WBDGW has introduced over a 100,000 players to the sport and helped install two dozen new courses. The event is disc golf's version of a "fun run," with an emphasis on participation rather than competition.
This year we invite everyone across the world to register their disc golf event for free and become part of our worldwide celebration. We want the spirit of disc golf to be celebrated around the world and whether you are hosting a tournament or a special WBDGW event, please make sure you register with us, so that we can recognize your effort as part of this celebration. In the last 20 years, disc golf has grown significantly and we know this 20th year event will be the biggest ever. Registering your event will help us track the popularity of disc golf and there is no charge for registering and no fee to be included as a host. We just want to make this day about the "love of it."
Disc golf will be celebrated around the world May 1st & 2nd, 2010. JOIN IN!!!