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Disc golf is a great sport to try out this year as the winter weather slowly warms up. And if you’re in the Front Royal area, you’ll find two fantastic disc golf courses to choose from. Read on for a run down on disc golfing, as well as more information on Front Royal’s disc golf courses.
Disc Golfing 101
The concept of disc golfing is simple: it’s golf . . . but with a Frisbee-type disc! Instead of aiming for a hole in the ground, players try to throw discs into a series of eighteen specially designed baskets. And, just like in golf, the winner is the player who takes the least throws to get his or her disc in the basket.
Disc golfing can be played at many levels – all the way up to world championships, but it is a widely accessible sport that many can enjoy. Of course, you can spend some time studying specialized techniques, but in general, if you can throw a Frisbee you can have fun disc golfing. It’s also a good fit for groups of different sizes. You can play by yourself, with one partner, or with a bigger group of friends.
As well as being fun at many different skill levels, disc golfing is also accessible because it’s inexpensive. Most disc golf courses are found in parks, so you don’t have to worry about paying hefty membership fees. The only investment you’ll need to make is purchasing a few discs. Disc golf discs come in many shapes and sizes – just like golfers use different clubs for different shots, disc golfers will select from a range of discs for each throw. Some discs are designed for long distance throwing, while others are built for accuracy, or designed to suit the individual player’s strengths and weaknesses. For beginners, the best strategy is to choose a disc golf starter set. These sets contain a selection of discs that are suitable for beginner technique. You’ll also save money by buying several discs at once.
Disc Golfing Courses in the Front Royal Area
If you’re ready to get started (or continue!) with your disc golfing career, two beautiful courses await you in the Front Royal area. For a woodland experience, head to Rockland Park. The disc golf course here is mostly wooded, and features lots of elevation change. These features make for a course that players and spectators will have fun discovering. However they can be a bit of a challenge for beginners – an inaccurate throw could easily turn into a disc lost in the woods.
For a course with more open fields and less hills, take the short drive out of Front Royal to Sherando Park. You’ll still find some woods and hills here, but these “holes” are mixed in with some more open, level terrain, where you’ll be able to work on your long distance throwing. Whichever course you choose, you’ll find that memorable disc golfing fun awaits you.
(For an added challenge and some amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, add a few miles and visit Jenkins Moutain Disc Golf in Washington, VA.)
This year, as winter turns to spring, take the time to get outside and enjoy Front Royal’s disc golf courses. Players of all ages and ability levels can have a great time. It’s another popular sport that’s right at home in Front Royal.
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