The offseason can get dull when there’s no disc golf to follow locally, and the major tournaments aren’t for another seven months. Winter in the northern hemisphere can really put a damper on what you can do in the freezing weather. But what can you do in the meantime? Here are a few suggestions to get you over the off-season slump.
TRAVEL TO A DISC GOLF HUB
When traveling to somewhere warm, why not bring a disc with you? Many places in the world offer some respite from the cold:
Selah Ranch in Talco, Texas, United States is one of the largest in the world, boasting two different courses, one lakeside and the other creekside. Each course is PDGA acclaimed and offers a challenging and relaxing vacation, though beginners are readily welcome and will enjoy the beautiful terrain, hospitality of the owners, and location on one of the world’s most famous disc golf courses. And for those queasy about roughing it in the wild, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be treated to a nice lodge and amenities that will surely coddle that sophisticated posterior.
Base Camp Adventure Disc Golf Course in Moab, UT, United States definitely agrees with our warmer weather criteria. . .though it’s probably best to visit in the spring or fall. Moab is scorching in the summer and cold in the winter. Base Camp Adventure is PDGA recommended and offers a unique perspective of the traditional disc golf course. Running over red rocks and sandy dunes is a change from the usual woody areas on many other famed golf courses, and the landscapes have teeing positions unlike any others in the world. Unlike Selah Ranch, this disc golf course is remote, and you’ll likely need access to a 4×4 to get there.
Disc Golf Island on Pender Island, Canada, also a PDGA recommended location, spreads out over a course surrounded by mountains and rounding the edges of Magic Lake. Though Canada isn’t usually the first thing you would think of when mentioning “warm,” Pender Island actually remains at a fairly mild temperature throughout the year. It’s no wonder the course has been growing for years. Pender Island offers campgrounds for those of you who like to rough it and inns for those who enjoy a higher level of comfort.
While discussing the best places to disc golf, let’s not forget the mother of all vacationing locations: The International Disc Golf Center located in Appling, GA, United States. Georgia is usually mild, so it’s no wonder why many disc golfers claim this as their favorite location to disc golf. Three courses offer a different challenge to every type of player. “Steady” Ed Hendrick Memorial Course can be adapted to recreation and demanding play; the W.R. Jackson Memorial Course is the longest of the courses and was designed by a champion; and the Jim Warner Memorial Course, affectionately commemorated to another late prize winner, is the newest of the courses and is also flexible to rearrangement. Aside from the three award-winning golf courses, the center has all the supplies ever imagined to a disc golf enthusiast. Don’t forget to pick up the latest in equipment!
LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE
When you find that the winter is just a bit too much, there are many places all over the world that have a good backbone in the industry, and these are just a few. The PDGA recommends many places throughout the US, with fewer outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to a destination hotspot. Take a minute to find a hub that satisfies you the most, and practice until tournament season.