The everyman alternative to actual golf, disc golf (or frolf, if you're down) is an increasingly popular summertime activity. Founded in 1975, the Minnesota Frisbee Association is the go-to source for all things on ultimate Frisbee, freestyle and disc golf. We asked MFA marketing/communications head and lifelong frolfer Derek Tonn to help guide newcomers to the sport.
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Just like golf, there's different equipment for varying scenarios, including specialized discs for driving, approach shots and putting. Two of Tonn's favorite shops -- Gotta Go Gotta Throw (1200 Mendelssohn Av. N., Golden Valley) and Fairway Flyerz (2950 Rice St., St. Paul) -- can get newbies equipped for well under $100, he said, adding that the sport's affordability is a major draw. With regard to rookie pointers, Tonn stressed the short game. Long-driving showmanship à la Happy Gilmore may be good for the ego, he explained, but it doesn't help with your overall score.
Here's a tally of some of MFA's favorite metro courses, courtesy of Tonn. Each course carries a $5-per-player fee.
- Blue Ribbon Pines (1901 Klondike Dr., East Bethel). Tonn's take: "Gorgeous."
- Bryant Lake Park (6800 Rowland Rd., Eden Prairie): "In terms of landscaping and beauty, it's the closest equivalent to a golf course."
- Kaposia Park (1028 Wilde Av., South St. Paul): "Challenging. There's a lot of trees, elevation changes -- a lot of variety."
- Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area (8800 Chalet Rd., Bloomington): "Views. It's on the ski area, so you get beautiful shots down the hills."
- Elm Creek Park Reserve (12400 James Deane Pkwy., Maple Grove): "Nature. The features, native grasses and wildlife are beautiful."
- MFA-approved free courses include Acorn Park (286 W. County Road C, Roseville) and Oakwood Park (7851 Harkness Av. S., Cottage Grove).