How it all started for me:
On a whim one day, I decided to take my then 2 year old son on an easy hike up a small trail called "Summit View Trails", which had always caught my eye while driving on Old Ranch Road in San Ramon. When we got to the top, I saw a strange looking, orange-powder coated basket-looking thingy with chains. Then I saw another one with a number 6 on it. As my curiosity grew, I saw baskets 7, 2...I thought, "Wow, this must be a Frisbee Golf course!" 2 weeks later, I came back with a couple of beach frisbees, and was taught to use Discs by some chuckling local DGers. That was July of 2010, and I've been hooked on Disc Golf ever since.
Disc golf vs Ball golf:
I've been playing regular ball golf since 13 years old, and am decent at it. But, I must say, there are some things about disc golf that I love way more than the traditional game of golf:
1) Disc golf is a more honest sport than ball golf. The equipment is simple plastic, and the same exact discs that the pros, women and children use. Ball golf utilizes technologies such as titanium, carbon, graphite, etc. The shot you end up with in DG is usually the shot you deserved or earned.
2) Disc golf courses are typically more "natural", rugged & scenic than ball golf courses. Ball golf courses take up a lot of land, and are more or less "man made", whereas a disc golf course only needs some small cement pads, and baskets that can be plunked down virtually anywhere.
3) When I make a great shot in disc golf, I can clap, hoot, & holler, whereas in ball golf I need to be more reserved. I don't need wear a collared-shirt, or pleated shorts. Beers and buds are mostly always welcomed!
4) When I play regular golf with a buddy (never by myself), we definitely don't want to be paired up with a stranger. But in disc golf, I find myself going out solo a lot, and I really enjoy when I play with and meet other DGers.
5) It's FREE, I don't have to plan ahead, it takes half the time to play, and I don't need to make a stinking tee time!!
My rating system:
I decided to add my own grading system to my reviews to expand on the 5-disc DGCR rating system. To me, the most important aspects of a disc golf course are: Uniqueness, Difficulty, Fun Factor, and Aesthetics. I have also added a comment or two to each of the grades I've given. I hope you all find my reviews somewhat interesting and helpful!