The History of Disc Golf
America's fastest-growing sport
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf combines one of the world’s great games – golf – with a modern recreational phenomenon – the flying disc. The now well-organized and hugely popular sport began with the simple fun of throwing a piece of plastic. As far back as the 1950s, players throwing at trees, lamp posts, and even garbage cans realized that they were playing a modern version of golf. In the 1960s and 1970s, other major disc sports developed, including Ultimate (which combines discs with of the best elements of soccer and football), Freestyle, and Double Disc Court (a Space Age disc version of tennis). In 1976, Ed Headrick, an executive at Wham-O, patented the first dedicated target for the game: the Disc Pole Hole. He founded the Disc Golf Association and the Professional Disc Golf Association, which he later turned over to the players themselves. For his contributions "Steady" Ed is widely known as the Father of Disc Golf.
The flying disc designer responsible for the technological leap that shaped modern disc golf was David Dunipace. Dunipace invented and patented the modern beveled-edge golf disc and in 1983, founded Innova-Champion Discs. The golf disc he designed provided players more distance with control. Innova continues to lead the industry in disc design and manufacturing. Today, while retaining his role at Innova, Dave Dunipace is also the genius behind the disc designs of Millennium Golf Discs, which is now owned by DiscsUnlimited.
The Growth of Disc Golf
Today, the Professional Disc Golf Association is considered the governing body for disc golf, and most clubs and tournaments are associated with or abide by its guidelines.
As of July 2016, over 87,700 players have registered with the PDGA. Disc Golf is played in all 50 states and almost 50 countries. Tournaments are growing larger as we attract major sponsors who recognize the health benefits of this sport on childhood obesity, self-esteem, and team building, along with other physical, mental, and emotional benefits for those who play the game. It's been called the fastest growing game in the world due to it's popularity and the number of courses being installed.
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