Disc golf is played like traditional golf, but uses a flying disc instead of a ball and clubs. The object of the sport is to complete each hole in the fewest throws. A player throws a golf disc from a tee area toward a target or "hole". As a player progresses down the fairway, they must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. Trees, shrubs, and terrain along the fairways provide challenges for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed. The target can be made from any suitable equipment, but the most common target is an elevated metal basket called a Pole Hole®.
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, but there are some key differences that make disc golf enjoyable and accessible for people of all ages. 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. Disc golf can be played at any age, making it a great lifetime fitness sport. It's also easy to learn and accessible for people of all physical abilities. Players can match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.
Many parks and golf courses throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba are set up for disc golf, and most are free for use. Where permanent disc golf facility aren't available, players often create courses in nearby parks and green spaces.
Disc Golf Manitoba is a volunteer organization that works to raise the exposure of the sport and create new disc golf programs in Manitoba. As the need for more courses, materials, instructors and programs continues, Disc Golf Manitoba helps to secure memberships and registrations for programs and events, maintains existing courses, and works with Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports (MODS) for funding on new courses. While not a sanctioned Provincial Sport Organization, Disc Golf Manitoba is represented under the MODS umbrella by a volunteer committee.