The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf
DISC GOLF IS NO FAD
Written By: Bill Ashton
The first actual disc golf course was installed well over 30 years ago at Oak Grove Park in Pasadena, California. Today, there are now 2500 courses nation wide. The sport has steadily increased in popularity since 1975.
In my opinion, it has not peaked out yet. So it's not a fad that's going to come and go. The Professional Disc Golf Association in 2005 had a 12 percent increase in memberships that year to now raise their overall membership to 30,000 members strong. Also, the P.D.G.A. is currently in the process of creating and organizing the International Disc Golf Center located at Wildwood Park in Columbia County, Georgia. It will host three world-class courses, the PDGA headquarters and the Disc Golf Hall of Fame. This will certainly become a huge landmark within the Disc Golf World. It will also help to promote the sport to the next level. From here, media coverage will expand to a greater awareness to the game and event sponsorships will gain an acceptance to the sport even more so. No matter how you look at it, Disc Golf is a great game! It's been tabbed the "age-less game". Over the past 30 years, I've helped to establish a number of courses for many different communities. I know I believe in the sport of disc golf and I find it to be one of the most appealing and cost effective recreational activities that a park department can offer today. It allows all age groups to participate and it can be a family recreation as well. For those that play disc golf, I would say most love it! I can't begin to tell you how many people have played on the courses I've helped establish, but I know it would be a tremendous amount of people. It's rewarding to know that I've helped to establish disc golf within 13 different communities. I am certainly proud of those accomplishments. It's just a great feeling to know, that I've played a part in so many peoples enjoyment throughout the years.