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Frisbee Disc Golf - The Woodlands

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Frisbee golf, also known as Disc Golf and by a lesser known acronym "frolf", is a game using a modified version of the more popular, traditional Frisbee in which individual players throw the flying disc into a basket or sometimes, at a target. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, the object of the game is to traverse a golf-like course from beginning to end with the fewest number of throws of the disc. Frisbee golf courses are composed of either 9 or 18 'holes' or goals like a traditional golf course, but are much shorter and do not require or allow golf carts. This is where the similarities between the traditional game of gold and disc golf end.  Frisbee golf courses typically only have trails versus paved pathways, and the "greens" are generally not manicured or maintained to the same degree as a course at your local country club. The holes, or basket goals are comprised of galvanized metal and stand about 4' tall or more. The discs come in a variety of sizes, weights and designs. A 9 hole frisbee golf course can usually be completed in less than 2 hours and includes a wide variety of hazards such as ponds, trees, hills, and other natural and man-made obstacles. Where are the Frisbee Golf Courses in The Woodlands?

Frisbee Disc Golf Courses The Woodlands Texas

The history of disc golf is thought to be closely tied to the somewhat mysterious history of the recreational flying disc (especially as popularized by Wham-O Inc.'s trademarked Frisbees) rumored to have been invented in 1885 (not exactly as demonstrated in Back to the Future III*). Disc golf has roots in the late 1960s, when it seems to have been independently started in various locales and by different people. Two well-known figures in the sport of Frisbee golf are George Sappenfield and "Steady Ed" Headrick who coined the term "Disc Golf" and introduced the first formal disc golf target or goal with chains and a basket, the Mach 1. In 1975, Headrick formed the first disc golf association, the PDGA, which now officiates the standard rules of play for the sport. The sport has grown in popularity at a rate of 12-15 percent annually, with nearly 3,000 courses in the US. The game is now played in over 40 countries worldwide, primarily in North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia.


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frisbee golf disc driver, putter, mid range
Frisbee Golf Disc Set (3)

What is Frolf ?

Frolf is a user driven disc golf community which aims to bring frolf players together. Players can track and compare their scores, view statistics such as overall shot breakdown (eagles, birdies, etc) and see how they rank against other players and their friends. Frolf course schemes allow multiple course layouts to be represented in the system. Not every frolf course has a set par for each hole and the various schemes allow players to create their own course and par for each hole.

Frolf, unlike Disc Golf, is a freeform amorphous game, played among friends in a social setting without the confines of a static course design and conformity. The game is part of a positive social interaction, and does no harm to living creatures or property.

Rules change based on user preferences, and can include or exclude weather conditions, moving targets, crowds, time of day, random issues and skill levels of the players, much like Calvin-ball (see Calvin and Hobbes). Frolf is based on a friendly spirited, non-competitive, and socially interactive game. Violating the Spirit of the Game is not a penalty per se, but can be used when discussing whether a disputed shot counted or not. The Spirit of the game is the only standing rule, all else is up for discussion and negotiation by the players on the field.

Frisbee Golf Strategies

Keep the rules in your favor. If you can't make long drives, then keep your called shots short. If you can't putt, then make the holes longer in distance with more hazards.

Many who enjoy this sport will use a large, heavy disc as a driver for the longer shots. These are the large Aerobe discs you can buy at almost any major toy store. Be careful as they tend to climb high and could become lodged into a tree. Traditional Disc Golf putting discs are great for going through trees.

Use a small, rubbery disc as your putter and when social hazards abound; this helps in case your disc should collide with someone, it just bounces off of them and becomes a reason for social interaction (bonus points) instead of a real hazard.


Frolf Player Roles

frisbee golf disc targetSince Frolf is a social game rather than a competitive game, individuals typically take on specific roles to support the continuous progression of play. Discs can end up in trees, on 2nd story porches, bounce or land on top of cars, in the beds of pickup trucks as well as various water hazards. For these situations you need a "Climber". The Climber accepts their role as accidental disc loss recovery crew. Arguably the most important and most used member of the team. The Climbers chosen task is to climb trees, houses, or whatever object, or even reach out and grab the disc in mid-flight. Intentionally throwing a disc into an obstacle relieves the Climber from any recovery responsibility.

Additionally, Frolf is a game that can be played wherever you are. This may include areas where other people are enjoying the same space. Occasionally, a disc will not go where it was intended, and will collide with an innocent bystander, someone's yard, a car or other man-made obstacle. For these situations, you may need a "Negotiator." The Negotiator must be confident, solid, quick-witted, socially interactive individual who is not afraid to fix situations caused either by themselves or by others in the group. The Negotiator must be able to discuss concepts of the game with a potentially irate individual, who may or may not share your same sense of a socially interactive sport. Good Negotiators will have an opportunity to include various individuals into the game allowing for bonus points and a larger team.

frisbie pie tin as depicted in back to the future III* The Frisbie Pie Company did not distribute outside New England. Baked goods in the 1800s were distributed within relatively confined areas, due to their perishable nature. However, it is conceivable that a Frisbie tin might have ended up in Hill Valley, California, in a bundle of household goods, and been used for baking homemade pies. Although the Frisbee disc and the Frisbie pie tin have different spellings, the brand names were pronounced the same. Marty, who may have heard the story about how the Frisbee got its name, quickly recognized that the round pie tin could be turned upside down and hurled.

Frisbee Disc Golf Locations - The Woodlands

There are three frisbee disc golf courses in The Woodlands. Bear Branch Sports Fields at Bear Branch Park (18 hole), Terramont Park on Terramont Drive is a 9 hole course which does cross the big hill and runs along the northern edge of the park. Stone Bridge Church offer frisbee golf courses in The Woodlands. Playing a Frisbee golf course is free in The Woodlands and easily accessible for those who like to get out and toss the disc around. And while you could play with a standard Frisbee, the modified discs are highly recommended as  standard frisbees are more flexible and can be warped when used on a Frisbee Disc Golf Course.

Spring Valley Disc Golf Course

All Day Fee - $3
Number of Holes: 27
The Power 9 on the golf course
The Fitnesse 18 runs throughout the outer woods (with alternate pin positions on several holes)
Total 27 holes
  • Northside Mini Sundays at 10:00 AM
  • Finesse 18
  • Pro and Am Divisions
  • $14 Entry Fee / Includes $2 Green Fee / Mulligan (Optional $2 Ace Pot)
  • $9 Am Entry Fee / Includes $2 Green Fee / Mulligan (Optional $2 Ace Pot)
  • See SVDGC for complete details.

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