Disc Golf at Memorial Park
On November 23, 2019, the City of Rockport opened a free, nine-hole, disc golf course at Memorial Park.
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, though, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the "hole." The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. Disc golf is free to play at Memorial Park.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender identity, and economic status, making it a great lifetime fitness activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded; players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.
Why should I play?
Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and mental stimulation. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles, and players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play.
And, of course, there's the sheer fun of the game - no matter what your age or skill level!
Sponsors include the City of Rockport, BATADGA, Inc. (Bill and Ted’s Awesome Disc Golf Adventures), Spears & Co Real Estate, Big Bear Contracting and Rock Bottom Park and Pub. Also, Craig's Tires, Southern Star Cabin & RV Resort, Dominos, Pawsitive Reward Dog Training, Prosperity Bank and Atlas Counters.
Source: Professional Disc Golf Association