The word community is often used in reference to disc golf, and those outside of the sport might wonder why. After all, you don’t often hear about a basketball community, right? The definition of this word has meaning that does truly embody what disc golf is all about, as a community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
This sense of connection with others around the sport we all love is what makes playing with others so much fun. It’s why we join leagues, compete in tournaments, and like a ton of disc golf related pages on Facebook. If you feel like you’re missing out on the community aspect of disc golf, we have some great news – you can create and grow your very own group!
Spread The Gospel
It’s no secret that disc golf isn’t exactly mainstream – after all, how many people respond with “huh?” after you mention your favorite hobby? One of the best ways to grow a community around the sport is to share your passion for the game with others. That doesn’t necessarily mean becoming overbearing with information, but it’s not something you should keep under wraps either.
If your co-worker asks what you did over the weekend, why not tell him all about the tournament you played in? The next time your neighbor comments about the disc golf stickers on your car, ask them to join you for a round! Even if whoever you invite doesn’t instantly become hooked, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a few people who want to become a part of your own special group.
Tap Into A Network
You hear the same advice time and time again to join a league or find a Facebook group that’s made up of golfers in your area. The reason you hear it so much is because it really is the key to fostering that community aspect in your town. People have met their best friends, travel partners, even their future spouses at disc golf events, so there’s no reason not to show up!
Once you begin to foster a real connection with a few local players, why not take your community a step further? Set up weekly practice sessions at a nearby field and share each other’s discs for a fun and educational experience. Travel to tournaments together to play or even just watch. With so many events being broadcast live these days, you could even have your own watch party at your house.
The great thing about disc golfers is that we’re all friendly, and when we find another person who plays, it’s like you’ve instantly known each other for a long time. Perhaps the most difficult thing about becoming integrated into an existing community or starting one of your own is that initial step and putting yourself out there. It can be scary to meet new people or to run your first week and be afraid no one will show up. However, the benefits far outweigh the risks!
Tell us about your own disc golf community – what types of disc golf related activities do you engage in? We’d love to know in the comments below!