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Summer Guide ’08 | Disc-y Business: a disc golf guide

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Walking off the beaten path through Creekside Park at 1650 E. Murray-Holladay Road (4800 South) on a sunny afternoon, you have to keep your head about you lest a rogue Frisbee clip it. By far the most popular disc golf course in Salt Lake Valley, the Walter Fredrick Morrison Disc Golf Course at Creekside offers the perfect escape from the monotonous drag of summer. There’s no better way to keep in touch with your inner hippie sportsman than a relaxing 18 holes of disc golf.n

Also called frolf or Frisbee golf, disc golf (the proper and purist way of saying it) is a sport similar to traditional golf in that the object is to finish the course with the fewest number of strokes. To do this, players try to throw discs into a series of metal baskets. Each basket or hole covers a distance anywhere between 300 feet and 500 feet and has a net of chains over it to stop the disc so it’s not too hard to make par.

While not exactly a great way to escape the heat, all of Utah’s 21 courses are in well-shaded public parks where you can bypass the stuffy dress codes and fees that most of the big-boy golf courses require. Solitude and the Canyons each have courses that are free to the public (if you hike) as well as pro shops with beginner packages that include disc rental for under $20. If you love disc golf but don’t want to ruin your new hemp sandals hiking up to Hole 1, Solitude offers a single-ride lift pass for $6 and a five-ride pass for $24 that’s good all year.

Disc golf is not limited to pre-laid courses either. People can play it in just about any wide-open public space. Just pick a target (a tree or lamp post, for example) invent the par and let ’em fly. Repeat the process to play as many holes as you like. The best part of disc golf is that you get to use all the cool golf lingo (par, bogey, lie, etc.) without having to drop a grand on gear. A typical disc is smaller and denser than a normal Frisbee and costs about $8. After that initial investment, you’re ready to play. Discs come in a number of different varieties like drivers, midrange discs and putters. It can get more complicated and more expensive, but one driver is all you really need. Happy frolfing.