I don’t think I quite realized how much I’ve missed playing sports during the pandemic until this past weekend. Over the last year, my main sport activity has been indoor rock climbing (in addition to daily exercise)–it isn’t competitive, but it’s a physical puzzle with a series of challenges and ways to improve.
However, when COVID struck, I had to stop rock climbing. VR sport-like activities on our Oculus Quest have a fun substitute, but then this weekend happened. We traveled to Kansas City for the long weekend, and we ended up playing two new-to-me sports, disc golf and pickleball (which I’ll discuss tomorrow).
Disc golf is basically golf with a frisbee. I’ve played hundreds of games of ultimate frisbee in my life, but I’ve never played the golf version, which uses smaller, heavier discs (but nothing so extreme that a frisbee player can’t adjust to). Your distant target on each “hole” is a chain-link net.
We played a 9-hole course three times, and we ended up pretty close to par each time (though never under). Some holes had lots of trees between you and the target, while others were wide open. You’d think that would make it easier, and in some ways it does, but it’s much more difficult to keep the disc straight and level as compared to a normal frisbee.
Oh, and there’s gear! Just like different clubs in golf, you have different discs for various distances.
I had a ton of fun playing disc golf, and I’m eager to try some courses in St. Louis.