MD Summer Fun Day #72: Try your hand at disc golf

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disc-golf-resizeCombine golf and Frisbee and what do you get? Disc golf.

As with any new skill, it can take some practice before you land your disc into the baskets anywhere near par. For families that enjoy sporting activities and the outdoors, trying their hand at something new can be fun, no matter how many tosses it takes.

The object of disc golf is to land the disc into the basket at the end of a “hole.” As in golf, you start at the “tee” for your first toss — traditionally starting with the player who scored the lowest on the previous hole, although families may want to take turns teeing off.

Then players throw in turn from where their disc landed, with the player farthest from the hole or basket starting first. If you’re keeping score, keep track of the number of tosses it takes to land the disc in the basket for each hole. The player with the lowest score wins.

When first starting out or with players of varying ages and abilities, or with large groups, consider playing in teams where the best shot for the team is played each toss. That keeps the game moving. You can also start at closer tees or modifying the official recreational rules to suite your family.

Noto sure your kids are game? Try an at-home version first by setting up trash cans or other receptacles for kids to throw into.

Ready to hit a course? Try one of the following nearby Maryland disc golf courses. These also have playgrounds or other family-friendly activities in case you decide disc golf isn’t for you.

Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
900 Druid Park Lake Dr.
27 holes

Rockburn Branch Park, Elkridge
6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road (West)
5400 Landing Road (East)
18 holes

Patapsco Valley State Park, Marriottsville
McKeldin Area
11676 Marriottsville Road
18 holes; no playground nearby; $2 per vehicle in-state.

Kinder Farm Park, Millersville
1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd.
9 holes

Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne
13070 Crouse Mill Road
18 baskets, Cherry Lane area by the campground
Fishing, boating, arboretum, trails, bike, kayak and canoe rentals.