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History of Disc Golf

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History of Disc Golf

Disc golf is a sport that combines the throwing of a flying disc with the goal of landing it in a target, usually a metal basket. The sport has its roots in the 1960s, when people began playing a game called "frisbee golf" on college campuses and in parks across the United States.

The first known disc golf course was established in 1975 at Oak Grove Park in Pasadena, California. This course was designed by "Steady" Ed Headrick, a pioneer of the sport who also invented the modern-day Frisbee and founded the Disc Golf Association (DGA). The Oak Grove course consisted of nine holes, each with its own designated target.

In the years that followed, the popularity of disc golf grew, and more courses were established across the country. In 1982, the first world championship of disc golf was held in Los Angeles, with Ken Climo winning the men's division and Lavonne Wolfe winning the women's division.

In the decades since, disc golf has continued to grow in popularity, with courses now established in more than 40 countries around the world. The sport has also become more competitive, with a professional tour featuring top players from around the globe, as well as amateur and collegiate leagues.

Today, disc golf is a popular recreational activity for people of all ages and skill levels, and is recognized as a legitimate sport by many governing bodies, including the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).