Information for spectators and media
Disc golf, or frisbee golf, (wikipedia: English, Dutch) is a relatively unknown sport, yet it is played all over the world by thousands of players.
For the people who know what (club/traditional) golf is, it's relatively easy to explain: take away ball and clubs, and replace with frisbee discs, and place a pole hole in the ground where the hole was. Disc golf follows the objectives, rules and terms of golf almost to the letter.
Game objectiveFor the ones that don't know golf, here's a quick explanation: The sports' objective is "to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc." A course usually consists of 18 holes. Each hole has a tee-off spot, from where the first throw is done. Wherever the disc lands (as long as it is in-bounds) the next throw will be made from. The last throw on that hole will be completed, once the disc lands in the basket of the pole hole, it may land there with the help of the metal chains that are connected to the pole hole.
ObstaclesJust like with traditional golf, elevation, water and trees are natural obstacles that make the a course more difficult. Unlike golf, disc golf also has an extra difficulty added, the "mandatory". Originally used to make the game safer, by forcing discs to travel a given path to avoid hitting spectators and other players, a "mandatory" (for instance a tree you'd have to pass on one side, or having to make a disc pass through two distinct trees) can also add an extra obstacle to cross.
DiscsAnd just as with golf, where players have a bag full of clubs to choose from (each club will be able to give the ball a certain flight path), disc golf players have a bag full of discs.
Typically, three different types of discs are being used:
Distance drivers, as the name suggests, to cover great distances. these discs have the sharpest edge, to reduce air resistance, and allow for greater speed.
Mid range discs, with less sharp edges, to allow for more control (at lower speeds), generally used to do a fairway/approach throw.
Putters, for the last throw, with a very blunt shape, to give maximum control.
TermsSome terms that you will hear when witnessing a game:
Par: the estimated amount of throws a hole should normally be finished in.
Ace: a hole-in-one! Time for applause.
Eagle: two under par.
Birdie: one under par.
Bogey: one over par.
Double bogey: two over par.
Out of Bounds (OB): when a disc lands outside the playable area. Paths, and water are usually considered OB.
Mandatory (Mando): originally intended to make the game safer, now also used as obstacle.
History of Dutch OpenRecent history of the Dutch Open can be viewed here.
Photos, by René Westenberg: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Videos, by LCGM8: 2010, 2011, 2011
Spectator AdvisoryThe discs used for disc golf are explicitly not meant for throwing at people, or catching by people. Serious injuries can occur when failing to comply. The players will respect you, and will avoid to throw in your direction. Please repay them by following the guidelines for conduct below:
Conduct GuidelinesAs disc golf is a sport that requires a lot of concentration, we kindly ask you to follow these conduct guidelines:
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Video material from Dutch Open 2013What better way to see what the sport is about than by watching a video on youtube?
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