Twenty years ago Brian Graham would walk in to lớn park district offices and explain to them what disc golf was. Those days are long gone, with disc golf courses popping up all over the world & with an estimated 8-12 million people having played the thể thao at least once.

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“Disc golf is definitely on the rise,” said Graham, who is now the Director of Membership & Growth for the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). “More & more communities around the country are installing courses and more and more people are playing the sport and sanctioning events.”

The PDGA was formed in 1976 by a group of avid disc golfers with a desire to grow the game. Most park districts didn’t have the funding to lớn build a disc golf course when appealed to by the association, but often they would allow local disc golf clubs the opportunity to build their own courses in parks that were marked by vandalism or suspicious activities. When these courses were established, the increased foot traffic of disc golf players helped to lớn alleviate the parks’ pervious issues.

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“It took a while, but the park directors took notice and said ‘Hey, we really like what you did with that park. We have another park over here where you could put a course in,’” Graham said. “As more và more courses were installed, more and more people started playing. That was just kind of the natural growth & evolution of the sport.”

Around 2007, however, disc golf’s popularity exploded unlike it ever had before. While it had taken 30 years to lớn establish 1,861 courses in the U.S., the country saw 1,319 added in just the next six years. PDGA membership nearly doubled during that span.

“Five or six years ago, that’s when people really started taking notice,” Graham said. “The sport is really booming. We’re just struggling to lớn keep up with the growth.”

Our rules, terminology & etiquette are nearly identical lớn golf, but we play primarily in public parks và it’s much more relaxed. It’s generally không lấy phí to play and you can play a round of disc golf any time you want to.”

Disc golf follows the same general set of rules as traditional golf, with competitors seeking to lớn complete an 18-hole course in the fewest number of strokes (or throws) possible. The obvious differences between the two sports are the use of a disc instead of a club and ball along with the fact that the targets are elevated metal baskets instead of holes in the ground. But disc golf’s distinct informal culture is what draws many of its players.

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“Our rules, terminology & etiquette are nearly identical khổng lồ golf, but we play primarily in public parks and it’s much more relaxed,” Graham said. “It’s generally không tính tiền to play and you can play a round of disc golf any time you want to.”

While not many people have taken to lớn striking business đơn hàng on the disc golf course just yet, this new variation of a classic trò chơi shares another aspect with its forefather − a hard-to-pin-down addictive quality.

“There are two things that grab people,” Graham said. “People get out & they throw a frisbee, and sometimes the frisbee just goes wherever it wants to lớn go. But once you learn controlled flight—making the disc vị what you want it to lớn do—that’s the first thing that grabs you & really makes you addicted khổng lồ the sport.

And then the sound of the disc hitting the chains —it makes a ‘ching’ noise—and that sound just grabs you. You literally dream that sound. The closest thing khổng lồ it would be the ‘swoosh’ of a basketball going through the net. You have that same sound unique of a successful shot in disc golf.”

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Already with a professional tour, leagues around the world và a growing population of competitors, Graham sees disc golf as being in a similar position lớn what golf was in the 1930s, before it became a widespread major sport.

“We do have a pro tour and we vì chưng have some great athletes that play full-time,” Graham said. “None of them are really getting rich, but they’re living their dream. I do see the thể thao continuing khổng lồ grow to lớn where more and more people can make a living doing it.

But whether we will ever be at the same màn chơi as golf, I don’t know. Honestly golf has been around for 400 years and it’s a multibillion-dollar industry. Disc golf is a multimillion-dollar industry at this point.”

Despite the sport’s recent boom in popularity, the PDGA is still working khổng lồ grow the thể thao around the world through establishing course construction guidelines, starting club teams at colleges and teaching kids how to lớn play through public schools.

“Honestly, it’s such a good game that it grows on its own,” Graham said. “I have no doubt that if were to go away, the trò chơi would continue khổng lồ grow. It’s that good of a game.”

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