Disc Golf Picking Up in Popularity Around the State
"Montana's got a great scene whether you just play casually or you're just a folfer and want to have some fun," Says Garden City Flyers Disc Golf Club member, Brian Bjortomt.
Disc Golf is a sport that shares many characteristics with Golf. You play to score under par, play 18 holes, but instead of golf clubs you carry a bag of Discs around that get tossed into basket.
Co-Owner of the Montana Disc Company, Rahn Henderson says "You can throw it so many different ways. The regular Frisbee toss, the forehand, you can throw overhands. You can use any kind of sport or any athletic activities you've used in the past."
However, just like in traditional golf Disc golf requires you to putt well. The better you can putt the lower your score will be.
This year's Zoo town Open partnered with EDGE, a group which focuses on getting young kids outside and having fun whether it be on the course or in the classroom.
"We work with schools around the country to get disc golf into phi ed programs. So we are partnering with them, donating to them. And most of that money stays right here in Montana," says Bjortomt.
The Garden City Flyers, Missoula's Disc Golf Club helped raise money to improve the courses, tee pads, baskets and even runs tournaments throughout the year.
Bjortomt adds "In the last almost 10 years we've come a long way from a group of 8 guys to we get over 70 people in the club each year."
Looking to buy equipment? Then head to Montana Disc Company a new shop that opened last April specializing in all your disc golf needs.
"So we've been in business for 15 months now. Its been awesome, getting to know everybody. Getting to know all the disc golfers from the lowest level to the highest level," says Henderson.
Missoula is home to two Disc Golf Courses, Blue Mountain and Pattee Canyon. Blue Mountain just happens to be one of the first Disc Golf Courses ever built.
Henderson adds "Blue Mountain is, most of it is wide open, a lot of its kind of freewheeling, throwing as hard as you can. Pattee is the exact opposite. Pattee is very tight, very technical course. You've got to carve the lines through the trees."
Whether you're a pro or just starting Disc Golf is a sport worth getting into.
"It doesn't matter whether your folfin or disc golfing. It's still a reason to get out, hike up and down mountains, enjoy the beautiful views. We're very spoiled with Blue Mountain, the view of Missoula valley, we're very lucky," says Henderson