Disc Golf and Foot Golf: Two Sports That Are Taking the Tualatin Valley by Storm
To a new generation of players, “golf” isn’t just about tees, special shoes, clubs and buckets. Today’s golfers may be looking for alternatives to the traditional game, and the we may have exactly what fits the bill.
New sports seem to sprout like weeds sometimes, and here in Oregon footgolf is starting to gain traction. Footgolf, a hybird of golf and soccer, is played on a golf course. Simply swap out the clubs and the bucket golf balls with a soccer ball, and you have this fun new sport.
Similar to golf in rules, one to four players kick the soccer ball along the fairway in hopes to kick in a hole-in-one. This sport is played on existing golf courses (and, yes, you can rent a golf cart, too!). Also like golf, the winner is the person who scores the lowest after 18 holes.
In the Tualatin Valley, currently, two courses offer footgolf:
While historians don’t know for sure who invented the sport of disc golf, the game’s earliest origins may have been right here in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s, when a group of kids from Vancouver, British Columbia, started throwing the tin trash can lids, which they dubbed “tin can golf.”
Various incarnations in the 1930s-1960s were tested; however, it wasn’t until the early 1970s when “flying disc golf” became a formalized sport.
Today’s disc golf is played both recreationally and professionally, and uses smaller, weightier discs—putters, mid-ranges and drivers—designed for control, speed and accuracy.
Here are some of the many places disc golfers can fling their flying discs in hopes to walk away with a low score: