Disc golf

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I shared with a new acquaintance that I had taken up disc golf.  His response: “Isn’t that a stoner sport?”  Well!  I admit that a couple of 11-year-olds and I had some discomfort with a gentleman of about 50, as he held forth on the merits of various Chapel Hill disc golf courses, while holding forth a beer, at 8:45 AM.  But c’mon, he wasn’t stoned.

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I suppose it’s appropriate to denigrate sports associated with controlled substances.  You know this rogues’ gallery:  skateboarding, snowboarding, weekend (ball) golf, fishing, Olympic swimming…nothin’ but stoners.  I’m much more comfortable with the nobler sports:  American football, global football, cycling, baseball…you know, the ones where the drugs are a lot more genteel.

Apart from the mind expansion benefits, here is what I like about this game.  1) You can play 18 in under an hour if you hustle (30 min for speed golf), 2) woods are cool in summer,

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3) it is cheap (even if you throw over the big pond before you’re ready, it’s only $8 for a new Boss driver),  4) cool names for throws: Hyzer, Anhyzer, Tomahawk, Roller, Thumber, Scooby, 5) kids and spouses can play together happily, 6) you can develop mad skills if you try, 7) there is a disc designed for every permutation of wind, skill, distance, and flight path…with cool Dungeons & Dragons names like Wraith, Banshee, Beast, and Valkyrie.

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Truthfully, my version of the game does involve a lot of weed.  Like Poison Ivy.  The closest course is loaded with it — good motivation to stay on the three foot “fairway” path through the woods.  But much like ball golf, one great shot will bring you back.  I threw a thumber around a tree with a Classic Roc 172 the other day and janked it.  I was stoked.

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Update:  The course right next to my neighborhood has taken care of the Poison Ivy — with goats, of course.  In Chapel Hill, one can apparently procure the services of a hungry tribe of goats, with a fondness for unwanted plants (yeah, I looked up the word for a gaggle of goats).  Since Poison Ivy literally requires medical intervention for me, I am much impressed with this trip (another word for a group of goats).

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3 Responses to “Disc golf”


  1. 1 discgolfstation September 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Love the post, I get that a lot too. I think there is just a popular perception of disc golf that doesn’t match the typical disc golfer anymore.

    Nice pictures too!

  2. 2 Priscilla September 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “A stoner sport”…too funny!

    I was always good at frizbee…I think I would like it.

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