I play because I love to be outside and enjoy fresh air no matter how hot or cold it is outside. I find it to be a fairly inexpensive way to get out of my house and take my mind off the hustle and bustle of every day life.
I started playing as a way to enjoy some summer sun on my face and enjoy drinking a beer and relaxing with friends.
I play for fun and a bit of healthy competition against my colleagues.
I play because I enjoy hanging with friends and walking in the woods. I can't help it. I am addicted to this damn thing. I set up putting and driving ranges in my basement to practice form in the snowy months.
I can't disagree with anything said thus far, so I say all the above plus I play because it takes me back to time and age of a young teen when I spent 90% of my time in the woods exploring high and low and finding new oddities in the wild. Every time I shank one into the woods half the enjoy is getting from the fairway to your disc which often requires one to go over, under and through stuff the "non discing public"
wouldn't dream of.
I enjoye it for the atmosphere and the huge benifits for such a low price. Now that I am playing PDGA events I am playing to get better, I want to consitantly improve and place well. I want to challenge myself and still have fun. Playing new courses, making new friends at tournaments across the west, and the competition is what gets me excited.
First and foremost because it is fun. Secondly because it brings people together. I have only been playing a year now and have acquired a lot of new friends because of the sport...great community feeling. Reminds me of my scene of music...great community. Then of course aside from that....competing is fun too. I am about to turn 30 and things are starting to hurt more and it's a little tougher to play sports I used to play a lot when I was younger. I registered this year(while watching the usgdc) and plan on playing in some tourney's...so happy I stumbled onto this sport...which leads to the last question of how you got started. I was camping at The Bear Creek Music Festival and we were set up at hole 15 (called "darkstar") I found a disc and my buddy happened to already play a little. and well that's how it started. I threw the hole we were on all weekend with that one disc. After the show was over I went a bought 4 disc...have been playing 3 to 7 rounds a week now. Own 70+ discs now...have a basket now...2 tourney bags...I mean the list goes on. This sport is just great...I wouldn't trade it for anything else. The best part is knowing I will play this as long as I am around.
...I love the feeling of throwing a disc, the mechanics are satisfying and the differing flight patterns are as well when you execute them properly...especially the hyzer flip and a good roller.
...I love the comerarderie of disc golfers. Sometimes I get just as excited watching a friend hit the perfect line and a ace or near ace. It lends itself well to conversation as well.
...I love the mental challenge of attacking the course. Checking the wind, evaluating the lines, weighing the risks...it all keeps me coming back.
...I like having a bag of discs and a bag of tricks to use.
...I love practice as well, there is something calming about honing your skills all alone. It's an amazing thing when you start to really understand how to throw a particular shot. I usually come back in excited and bore my wife with the details of how it's done.
...going off the last one: I love to teach those who are eager to learn the sport. (especially kids, but teachable adults are good too, just more rare) I also like to explain the sport to those who are clueless, but curious. You get to watch a whole new world opening up before their eyes. "Frisbees go different directions? You can throw a disc 400 ft?? That's like, over a football field!" :-)
...I love that I've found my niche in Ultimate and Disc Golf. I've been an athelete all my life (basketball, tennis, cc, track, baseball), I love to play nearly any sport/game, but I really really LOVE FLYING discs. The grace of frisbee games is unparalled by anything.
* Flight of the disc
* Being outdoors
* Discs are beautiful
* Zen-like escape
* Shared interest with family
* Working at getting better
* Takes minimal time from busy life
* Psychologically addictive