Disc Golf in Asheville and Western North Carolina
Put away those clubs, forget the country club, and join many other Ashevillians in a sport that is cheap (free to play), fun for people from ANY walk of life, and Eco-Friendly. Disc golf has exploded on the scene and our very own Richmond Hill course is considered by some to be one of the nicest courses around.
If you know the rules of traditional golf, then you pretty much know the rules of disc golf. Disc golf shares the same delights and aggravations of traditional golf, whether it's making a perfect drive or hitting a tree or other hazard. Nevertheless, there are a few differences between the two. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you don’t need to wear any special clothing, there is no cart rental, and there is no bad tee time. Moreover, you can be male, female, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich, poor, purple or blue and Disc Golf is still accessible to you.
Instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc that resembles a Frisbee®. Don’t call it Frisbee around your hardcore Disc Golf friends though. They will tell you discs and Frisbees are very different, even though they look similar. Discs are smaller than the traditional Frisbee and have a beveled edge, whereas Frisbees have round flat edges. Discs have the potential to fly much farther than Frisbees and are not designed to be caught.
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Disc sports have most likely been played since the turn of the century, although the first known disc to be hurled around was the chakram, an ancient Indian weapon. However, going back to the turn of the century, The Frisbie Baking Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, made pies that were sold to many New England colleges.
Comfort and Safety are important no matter what sport we are talking about. In Western North Carolina there are a few minor things to mention: Poison Ivy, Sun Protection, Proper Hydration, Choosing the Right Disc, Cultivating Control & Technique.
Besides comfortable clothing, snacks and water, and a bag to carry your discs, there are the discs themselves. There is a wide assortment of discs out on the market today, and they are separated into four basic categories: Distance Drivers, Fairway Drivers, Midrange Discs, and Putters and Approach Discs.
Disc Golf, like a wild fire, has caught on fast here in Asheville and Western North Carolina. With the re-construction and re-opening of Richmond Hill, not to mention the much anticipated 18-hole expansion that is rumored to be on the horizon, more and more locals are coming to understand the pleasures of Disc Golf.
Disc Golf Web Resources for Western North Carolina
The Professional Disc Golf Association:
The Professional Disc Golf Association's Officials Rules:
The Professional Disc Golf Association's 2006 Disc Golf Demographics:
WNC Disk Golf Club:
Disc Golf Review:
Wikipedia Disc Golf Article:
Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac Information Center:
Local Disc Golf Outfitters
140 Tunnel Road
Asheville NC 28805
Black Dome Outdoors – The North Face
1378 Hendersonville Road Suite D
Asheville NC 28803
Diamond Brand Outdoors
2623 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Diamond Brand Outdoors - Asheville
172 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
107 River Hills Rd # A
Asheville, NC 28805
Mountain Disc Sports
Disc golf promotion, course design, basket rentals, sales and instruction
Play It Again Sports
611 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
REI - Asheville
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803