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  • 2/20 Laserdome, Manhiem
  • 2/27 Beaver Creek Farm Cabins, Strasburg
  • 3/6   Headdie Hill, Millersville
  • 3/13 Mushroom Manor, Lancaster
  • 3/20 P.O.P.S. Pines, Lancaster
  • 3/27 Starry Stompn Grounds, Conastoga
  • 4/3   Laserdome
  • 4/10 Beaver Creek
  • 4/17 Headdie Hill
  • 4/24 Mushroom Manor
  • 5/1   POPS Pines
  • 5/8  Starry Stompn Grounds
  • 5/15 Laserdome
  • 5/22 East Lampeter Community Park, Hobson Rd, Lancaster
  • 5/29 Beaver Creek
  • 6/5  Headdie Hill
  • 6/12 Mushroom Manor
  • 6/19 POPS Pines
  • 6/26 Starry Stompn Grounds
  • 7/3 Laserdome
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Dec 122013
 

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 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Apr 092013
 

 

Destination Lancaster: A mini disc golf Mecca in Amish Country

Three of the original members of the MDGF — from left, Merrill Detweiler, Linc Morgan and Donnie Brooks, pose next to Brooks’ original prototype mini basket at his course near Lancaster, Pa.

By P.J. Harmer — Rattling Chains staff

Nestled within the beautiful surroundings of Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa., is a virtual disc golf paradise.

The paradise differs a bit, however, from what many might think about when it comes to a disc golf haven. This is on a smaller scale.

A much smaller scale.

In fact, you could call it a mini paradise.

It’s almost shocking to know what’s in this area — nearly a dozen mini disc golf courses. It’s the home of the Mini Disc Golf Federation, a tight-knit group that works to spread the word of mini disc golf — a sport like the “bigger” version with a few rule changes to help with the smaller scale of the game.

For many, the mini discs they see or use are for one thing — marking their lies during a round of big disc golf.

But these discs — many of them, anyway — can be thrown. Sometimes, quite a distance, too. It’s rumored some minis have been thrown upward of 400 feet.

Mini baskets and courses can be put in small areas, including residential areas — such as this basket at Starry Stompin’ Grounds outside of Lancaster.

A visit to the Lancaster County area can show you how creative and different mini disc golf is.

“Mini disc golf has more oohs, ahhs, and wows than big golf does,” said Linc Morgan, who owns a mini disc golf course in Lancaster. “It’s quicker, seems more relaxed, played in smaller places and it’s versatile.”

Morgan plays both mini and big disc golf — at high levels. The second member of the MDGF (.00002), Morgan is also an earlier member of the PDGA (7518) and is a pro  player with a 986 rating.

The MDGF

Created in 2004, the MDGF has slowly started to grow. There are nearly 100 members who have paid to become part of the group.

“We did it to grow the sport,” said Donnie Brooks, the original member of the MDGF and the head honcho for the group. “Basically to promote it and get more courses in.”

 

The rules are few, but there is one big one, Brooks said.

“The No. 1 rule is to have fun,” he said. “When you play disc golf, sometimes people get too serious. When playing and not having fun, why play?”

There are some notable members of the MDGF, too. Avery Jenkins, the 2009 PDGA World Champion is member No. .0033. Dave Feldberg, the 2008 PDGA World Champion is member .0049. Andrew “Big Dog” Sweeton, the PDGA Tour Director, is member .0036.

Many of the rules the MDGF uses are that of the PDGA rules. There are exceptions, however.

The biggest might be the no run-up rule, which has been discussed a bit among members. Some seem to think the run-up should be allowed, others don’t. As with many rules, there will always be two sides of the argument.

The other major difference is when a mini lands on top of the basket, it’s counted as good. In regular disc golf, that’s not a made basket.

Other notable rules:

  • Holes can’t be longer than 400 feet.
  • The 2-meter rule isn’t in effect.
  • Out-of-bounds rules can differ course by course — and many times you throw from that spot and just add a stroke.

As for the discs, all minis 4.5 inches or smaller in diameter are approved for play. Wood and metal discs are not allowed.

Quick mini history lesson

Brooks said the history of mini disc golf could be a little sketchy.

He said he once spoke with Dr. Stancil Johnson — a noted Frisbee historian — who told Brooks when Wham-O came out with a mini disc, people often used them in work settings, flipping them from office to office into trash cans.

That might be the start of mini disc golf.

Brooks said that was probably in California, a long way from Lancaster, Pa.

Playing Brooks’ course in Lancaster County Pa., can give you a history lesson as some of his earliest baskets are in play.

The first course in the Lancaster area arrived in the early 1980s.

Since then, the area has expanded and there are 11 courses dotted throughout the area and Amish country. Of those 11, six are “public,” with one of those being truly public. The others ask for people to call ahead to get tee times or to make sure the course is available.

“I got hooked on the game and wanted to duplicate the game,” Brooks said.

The discs and baskets

As Brooks noted, any mini 4.5 inches or smaller in diameter is able to be used. Some of the minis people might be able to grab include:

  • Little Flyer and Little Flyer spiral
  • Zing AeroFoil
  • Zing Snipe
  • Innova heavyweight DX and CE plastic
  • Discraft mini magnet (hard or soft) and Z plastic
  • Ching mini JU JU or MoJo

Those are the discs noted on the MDGF website. Vibram also has some minis that can really get some distance and fit the size of a legal mini.

As with normal disc golf, players will carry several discs that do different things. Just because the discs are small doesn’t mean they don’t do different things.

The grips for throwing mini discs can differ.

Mini disc golf bags are used by some as well, but they obviously aren’t as big as regular disc golf.

Throwing can be slightly different, too. Some players throw the minis as a normal disc, others have their hands and fingers positioned differently. Some hold the disc between their pointer and middle finger.

Brooks started building baskets in the 1990s.

His first basket came in 1995. He did the work in his basement. That has since progressed and he works on the SS (Stainless Steel) MiDGiT baskets, which he started building in 2004.

The MDGF was formed in 2004 and since then, Brooks said mini disc golf has slowly progressed and gotten bigger.

“As people started playing it, they wanted to duplicate it in their yards as well,” Brooks said.

There are some mass-produced mini baskets as well. Innova, DGA and Wham-O all have available mini baskets. There are also others who make the baskets.

The chains don’t “sing” as much as they do in regular disc golf, but it’s still the same feel to watch the smaller disc hit the chains and drop in the basket.

The Courses

Amish country is quite breath-taking. Rolling green fields, well-kept farms and nature at its finest.

Unlike big disc golf courses, however, mini courses don’t take up a lot of room. So these little gems are in residential areas, for the most part. You might be driving through a neighborhood and see a couple of baskets popping up on the side of the road.

Putting mini courses in small areas allows for creativity — such as this ground hole at Mushroom Manor in Lancaster.

“One of the reasons I wanted a course in my yard is because it’s the same thrill as big golf, but I don’t have to go anywhere,” Morgan said.

Hobson Park in Lancaster — billed as the world’s first 18-hole public mini disc golf course, is one place to start. At the beginning of the 18 is a box that contains minis people can use for the round. The course is easy to follow and at the end — at hole 18 — is another box where one can deposit the disc they borrowed.

Three other courses — Beaver Creek Mini DGC, Mini DGC at Mushroom Manor, and Starry Stompin’ Grounds Mini DGC — are all listed at DGCourseReview.com.

The others, well, getting to know a few people or making a couple of calls or sending e-mails to some of the regulars in the area might help you get on some of the other private courses.

Beaver Creek is Brooks’ course and is quite spread out on his property in Strasburg. It’s 32 holes and gives you the feel of a big disc golf course in that it utilizes a lot of land, terrain, tricky shots and scenery.

Creativy is very important on a mini course. For this hole, one has to come through the covered bridge as a mando.

During a round, you’ll have the chance to see Amish buggies traveling by and experience a peaceful setting.

And one of the holes makes you go through a covered bridge that’s on the property — something that seems quite unique to this mini course. There’s teeing off from a dock over a small pond, hills to throw up and down, woods to go in and out of and streams to cross and plan shots to get around.

It’s challenging in its own right — with or without a big disc.

Morgan’s course — Mushroom Manor — is a nine-hole gem tucked into his yard in a Lancaster residential area. The holes are challenging and some are tight with the out-of-bounds areas. There are even ground holes — a basket in the ground. Add to that his “island greens” — a spot where the basket is surrounded by an area you can land the disc. If you are outside of that, it’s basically “in the water.”

There’s real water, too, as a creek flows at the back of his yard and it can come into play on a few holes.

“You have more opportunities with small golf for cool holes,” Morgan said. “You can have a 60-foot mini disc golf hole that is spectacular. … You can have challenging courses in small areas.”

Starry Stompin’ Grounds in Conestoga is owned by Dave Starry (MDGF .0003), who has an 11-hole course. He said his plans are to expand the course one hole per year until he makes it 18.

As with Mushroom Manor, Starry Stompin’ Grounds is tucked in a residential area. His fairways are mowed in a delightful way and he has interesting holes, which includes having to throw over a pool. There’s also terrain, woods and tight shots, which makes the course an interesting play.

Then there are hidden gems — ones that aren’t quite open to the public, but if you can get to know some of these players, you might have the chance to play a few others. One of the other interesting courses is Headdie Hills, a nine-hole course that is jammed into a well-used front and back yard. There are tight shots and other shots that require you to be mindful of a small stream. There are some ground holes, as well, which make things interesting.

The Mecca?

Is Lancaster County the Mecca of mini disc golf?

It would seem so.

Brooks shrugs off that notion, however, and said it’s because they happened to be in the Lancaster area.

“We had a core crew of people who love it and took it to the next level,” Brooks said. “It’s because we live here. I planted a good seed and it’s grown.

“The Mecca could be anywhere,” he said. “It just so happens we live here and we love it.”

Still, building the game elsewhere is a slow process.

That means the future of the game could happen anywhere in almost any situation.

Morgan noted mini disc golf could find a home in places such as carnivals, fairs, small parks or anywhere else. The opportunities are endless.

“It goes to show it will take time,” Morgan said. “We planted the seed. Now we need people with the right attitude.

 

 

 Posted by at 12:06 am
Jan 252013
 
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Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the world over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple yet fascinating and demanding game. To compete at the top level, Ultimate players require an unmatched degree of speed,stamina and agility.

Yet the simplicity of the rules means it’s easyand fun for newcomers to pick up.

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Photo by Jon Hope

Oh, and by the way, it’s played with a flying disc(a “Frisbee” to the man in the street).

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Photo by Paul Hurt

<borrowed from http://www.whatisultimate.com/what/what_home_en.html>

 Posted by at 2:17 am
Jan 252013
 
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What is Disc Golf?

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970′s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. the hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

Who Plays Disc Golf?

Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with a member base of 40,000+, is the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide.

Where do I play?

Many city parks have golf courses already set up. Most are free to play as often as you like. Disc golfers who do not have the benefit of a permanent disc golf facility in their area often “make up” courses in nearby parks and green spaces.

One of the great features disc golf shares with traditional golf is that they are both played in beautiful settings. A nine-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as five acres of land, and a championship-caliber 18-hole course on 30 to 40 acres. Disc golf courses can coexist with existing park facilities and activity areas. The ideal location combines wooded and open terrains, and a variety of topographical change.

The need for more courses is constant, as the sport continues to grow in popularity. The PDGA has createdresources for the design and installation of new golf courses, to ensure their success in the community.

The PDGA also publishes and sells an annual course directory, and manages and maintains a free online directory of disc golf courses at http://www.pdga.com/course-directory.

Why should I play?

The ongoing fitness boom finds more and more people taking up recreational activities in an effort to improve health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves. Scheduling is also flexible; a round takes one to two hours, and may be played alone, eliminating the difficulty of scheduling tee times. And as in traditional golf, disc golfers find themselves “hooked;” increasing the likelihood of frequent participation. Disc golf offers year-round fitness, even in rain or snow. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the expense – or rather, the lack of it. A professional quality disc costs less than $15, and it only takes one for basic play.

And, of course, there’s the sheer fun of the game – no matter what your age or skill level!

Play Disc Golf – It’s in the Air!!!

<borrowed from www.pdga,com>

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