Healthy Living: Local News
Get Active Today: Disc golf
Story Updated: Jun 7, 2013
As a youth pastor and avid disc golfer, Thom Clark finds the game to be almost a religious experience.
Just like conventional golf, the game has the same thrilling shots that get the adrenaline pumping. There are the frustrating near-misses and, of course, the hazards.
"It has all the joys and frustrations of regular golf -- except that it's cheaper," Clark said. "There's no greens fees. The parks provide the space and you get to come out: rain, shine, snow or drought."
The only real cost? The discs themselves, which are as cheap as $8 each, and you really only need two or three to start out. But if you're as good as Richard Johnson, you might have quite a collection.
"We have a lot of specialty discs," Johnson said. "I have discs that will go left, discs that'll go right, discs that will do a serpentine motion, discs that'll throw over skip shots, roller shots, so you have a variety of shots once you get into the game."
There's an obvious health benefit to disc golf, as well, as these guys walk thousands of steps.
Just be warned: the game can be addictive.